I see that Tandem Bagels is coming to town (Nfld Patch here, Nfld News here) early next year. Not mentioned in those reports is the fact that there is a large wood-fired oven in the space at 317 Division Street.
The history of that oven goes back to May of 2007 (4 blog posts) with Sprazzo, the restaurant that never opened. The oven was lowered through the roof when the owners of the building, Bob and Kate Kuyper, revamped the structure.
Over a year ago, I had it on good authority that a local entrepreneur had made arrangements to extract it from the site but it turns out, I was wrong yet again.
It’s not likely that Tandem Bagels will need it so unless someone steps up to claim it and pay the costs of removing it, it’ll likely have to be destroyed.
Left: Sweet Pea’s Loft is expanding into the old YMCA space across the hall in the Nutting Block. They’re calling it Sweet Pea’s Toys & Treats. Right: Sprazzo’s wood-fired pizza oven arrived earlier this week.
I took the photo of Phil Daniel and Shawnee Langworthy this morning at the Goodbye Blue Monday (GBM). They are the proprietors of Sprazzo, a new wood-fired pizza restaurant opening this summer in the old Ideal Cafe/Las Delicias space. (That’s between GBM and The Kuyper Group Re/Max Results on Division St. in downtown Northfield.)
Sprazzo will have a large mezzanine for dining, with views of downtown and the river through the upper windows. They’re applying for a full-liquor license so I gave them my pitch for sidewalk dining and the need to change Northfield’s ordinance.
I took the photos of the Sprazzo logo and architectural sketch from Shawnee’s computer. Click photos/images to enlarge. For more about Phil and his architectural stained glass business, see his web site and this Strib article.