Fry's Spring Station set to serve
Over a year after the Fry’s Spring Service Station was closed after a 70-year run servicing cars, the historic building on the corner of Jefferson Park and Maury Avenues will begin its new life serving gourmet pizzas this Friday, May 21.
“It’s beautiful,” says co-owner and Downtown Grille owner Robert Sawrey, who, with business partner Steve Parry, has spent the last year renovating the station under the watchful eye of the Board of Architectural Review, which gave special historic protection to the building in 2008. “You walk in, and you just go Ã¢â?¬Ë?wow,'” says Sawrey.
As Sawrey explained back in January, Fry's Spring Station, as they decided to name it, will have a brick oven big enough to cook 22 pizzas at a time, plus a small bar area and seating for 100. There will be another 45 seats under the elaborate porte-cochšre in front and along Maury, which will feature heat lamps for year-'round outdoor dining.
In addition to pizzas and paninis, there will be soups, salads, various specials, brew pub beer, and a selection of Italian wines. Heading up the effort will be Sawrey’s Downtown Grille sous chef, Barry Binney, and his Brazilian-born assistant, Caroline Oliveira.
"My partner, Steve, has opened around 18 restaurants,” says Sawrey, “and he thinks this is the prettiest one of all.”