Woodfire Brick Oven Pizza

Disciplines

  • Architecture
  • Interior Design

Types

  • Historic/Reuse
  • Hospitality

Location
Rockford, IL

Size
4, 000SF

a City Market favorite becomes a downtown staple
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Woodfire Brick Oven Pizza gained popularity with their mobile brick pizza oven, stationing it outside of breweries and within the Rockford City Market. In 2015 Woodfire grew roots by opening its first brick-and-mortar storefront on the ground floor of Metropolitan Hall Lofts in Rockford’s historic downtown. The space invites guests in from the sidewalk with its sleek mid-century black Vitrolite glass paneling details and sweeping glass storefront with views into the dining room and pizza oven.

from oven to table in a few short steps
The owners of Woodfire wanted a clean space that highlighted the glowing red pizza oven and accentuated the building’s historic features: exposed masonry walls, wood flooring and ceiling, and cast-iron columns. Studio GWA provided full design services for the restaurant build out including equipment layout, bar and kitchen layout, and the selection of interior elements such as lighting, furniture, and finishes. Our team approached the dining room with an open floorplan design so that all guests have views of the spinning of dough and their pizzas being pulled out of the oven.

Given that Woodfire is located in a National Register-listed building, our team paid careful attention to the treatment of original features so as to comply with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.

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