Iggies, the popular Mt. Vernon BYOB pizza joint, is moving to Riderwood Village on Bellona Avenue, a few feet in from the Joppa Road intersection, possibly as soon as November.
The eatery, owned by Lisa Henkman, has been a resounding success at its Calvert Street location. Henkman’s husband Peter Wood said the move is still being worked out due to zoning issues because there has never been a restaurant in the small shopping center, which houses the Riderwood post office, a dry cleaners and Ruxton Animal Hospital. A large space that used to house James Bryan hair salon has been vacant for years and local stationery store Down’s left a small space just recently.
Wood told The Baltimore Sun that the reason for the move was to keep the business alive at a much less hectic pace. The restaurant, which features made-to-order gourmet pizzas with fresh ingredients like squash, wild mushrooms and more, is typically packed on weekend nights. At the new location, the couple plan to run a smaller restaurant and add new menu items. “I’ve been talking about making gelato for three years,” Wood said.
This is a huge move for the largely residential area, which has few restaurants in the neighborhood. Iggies popularity has extended beyond just Mt. Vernon. Many Ruxton families are familiar with the restaurant, said one resident who lives off Bellona Avenue. A Ruxton-Riderwood teenager’s response to the news: “That is so awesome! But it stinks for the people who live in Bolton Hill and Mt. Vernon.”
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