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Wake Forest Innovation Quarter and Wexford Science & Technology announced today the addition of Cugino Forno, a family-owned Neapolitan pizzeria and Italian eatery, as the newest tenant in Bailey Power Plant.

Cugino Forno will occupy 5,800 square feet on the first floor of Bailey Power Plant and will feature family-style seating for 150 to 200 people, including outside seating in the former coal pit. The new restaurant will employ approximately 16 full- and part-time employees and is expected to open around the beginning of October.

“The Innovation Quarter has grown into a dynamic community of people working, living and recreating here, which has created a huge demand for places to eat,” said Graydon Pleasants, head of real estate development for the Innovation Quarter. “Cugino Forno brings a new option for lunch, dinner and weekend visitors in what is increasingly becoming a high traffic area of downtown.”

Named by TripAdvisor and the Triad Business Journal as one of the most popular pizzerias in the Triad, Cugino Forno brings its brand of Neapolitan pizza to Winston-Salem after the successful launch of its first location at Revolution Mill in Greensboro, which opened in early 2017.

Cugino Forno will occupy 5,800 sq. ft. on the first floor of Bailey Power Plant

 

Cugino Forno pizza follows the traditional Neapolitan style, featuring fresh ingredients – 85 percent imported from Italy – and thin crust cooked in a 1,000-degree sandstone wood-fire oven hand-made in Naples. The menu features 10 signature 16-inch pizzas, enough to feed several people, however the restaurant will offer 10-inch personal pizzas on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to feed the Innovation Quarter’s growing lunch crowd.

“Our passion is to bring Italian tradition together with American heritage, which makes Bailey Power Plant and the Innovation Quarter perfect for our next location,” said co-owner Yilmaz Guver. “We are excited for Cugino Forno be a part of the growing community here.”

The menu will also feature dessert options, including gelato imported from Italy and handmade cannolis. Italian beer, wine and espresso will also be offered, and the owners plan to collaborate with next-door neighbor Incendiary Brewing to offer a line of hyper-local beer to their drink menu.

Cugino Forno is owned by cousins Yilmaz Guver, Joseph Ozbey and Adam Adksoy. Cugino is “cousin” in Italian – while Forno means “oven.”

 

Cugino Forno is owned by cousins  Yilmaz Guver, Joseph Ozbey and Adam Adksoy. Cugino is “cousin” in Italian – while Forno means “oven.” The restaurant is the third retail tenant announced for Bailey Power Plant, which opened in February of this year. Other retail tenants Alma Mexicana, a restaurant which opened in January and Incendiary Brewing, which is slated to open around Labor Day.

“Bailey Power Plant is quickly becoming what we set out to create, which is a new center of vibrancy in the Innovation Quarter,” said Will Partin, senior director of development for Wexford Science & Technology, which redeveloped the building. “The combination of Cugino Forno, Incendiary Brewing, and Alma Mexicana are a great start towards making the Power Plant a true 16-hour-per-day destination for the community.”

Cugino Forno pizza follows the traditional Neapolitan style, featuring fresh authentic ingredients and thin crust

 

Bailey Power Plant, which opened in February, features approximately 110,800 square feet space suitable for offices, entertainment, retail and meeting space. 9,000 square feet of commercial space is still available on the first floor, with 15,000 square feet of office space available on the third floor.


Wake Forest Innovation Quarter and Wexford Science & Technology announced today the addition of Incendiary Brewing Co., a new locally owned brewery and taproom as the newest tenant in Bailey Power Plant.

Incendiary will occupy approximately 6,200 square feet on the first floor of Bailey Power Plant, including a 2,000-sq. ft. taproom to showcase an impressive line of IPAs, barrel-aged beers and adjunct/spiced beers to go along with several classic styles. The brewery will occupy another 2,000 square feet of connected outdoor space in of the former power plant coal pit, providing additional seating and an open-air downtown vibe.

Construction in the space has begun and the company hopes to throw a grand opening bash Labor Day weekend. The brewery is expected to have around 10 new part-time and full-time employees.

Incendiary Brewing is owned by Winston-Salem natives Brandon Branscome and John Bacon, who began crafting their own homebrew together as a hobby in 1997. After a series of fits and starts, the two partnered together in 2013 to create a line of award-winning homebrews in their free time, bringing home first place in the 2016 Masters Championship of Amateur Brewing for their signature IPA, Shift.

John Priest, formerly of Bells Brewing in Kalamazoo, Mich., and former head brewer of Gibb’s Hundred in Greensboro will join Incendiary as brewmaster and operations manager. Priest has experienced national success on a professional stage with a Gold GABF medal in 2015 for his ESB (English Special Bitter) and Silver GABF in 2016 for his American Wheat Ale. Together, they will develop new beers to try each week while working to improve fan favorites.

“Incendiary will be a great addition to an already impressive lineup of breweries in Winston-Salem and the Piedmont Triad,” says Priest. “Opening a brand new location in the power plant across from Bailey Park with all the activity going on downtown brings a new level of excitement to this project, and I’m eager to get started.

The brewery will operate on a 15-barrel brewhouse from Deutsche Beverage in Charlotte, and have nearly 150-barrel cellar capacity. They have also purchased a Wild Goose canning line and will offer several options to take and share Incendiary beer with friends and family.

Brewery under construction

“Incendiary is the perfect tenant to occupy this first floor space,” said Will Partin, senior director of development for Wexford Science & Technology. “As the Innovation Quarter community continues to grow, offerings like this that enhance the night life here will help continue growing the vibrant community we’re creating together.”

This is the fifth tenant announced for Bailey Power Plant, which opened in February of this year. Other tenants include Wake Forest Innovations, the commercialization arm of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center; CML Microsystems, a local semiconductor manufacturing company; and Alma Mexicana, a restaurant which opened in January. Venture Café Winston-Salem also moved to Turbine Hall in the building last month.

Bailey Power Plant features approximately 110,800 square feet space suitable for offices, entertainment, retail and meeting space. 9,000 square feet of commercial space is still available on the first floor, with 15,000 square feet available on the third floor.


Wexford Science & Technology, LLC today announced the opening of the Bailey Power Plant, a 111,479 square foot historic building redeveloped into innovation, office, entertainment, retail, and congregation space, located in downtown Winston-Salem.

The Bailey Power Plant is the last of the historic buildings to be redeveloped by Wexford within the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter and culminates the largest historic redevelopment project in the history of North Carolina, now totaling over 1.1 million square feet.

The 19-month project cost approximately $40 million and encompassed the adaptive reuse of the five-story main power plant structure as well as additional outdoor communal space to complement the active and popular Bailey Park.
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Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, Wexford Science & Technology and local restaurateur Claire Calvin today announced a new restaurant to be opened in the redeveloped Bailey Power Plant in January 2018.

Alma Mexicana will be an urban, modern iteration of Winston-Salem’s laid-back Tex-Mex spot The Porch, which opened in West End Mill Works in 2014. With a lunch menu featuring favorites such as rice bowls, tacos and salads, plus many new items, Alma Mexicana will provide fresh, fast counter service to the busy downtown lunch crowd.

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Global tech company Sunrise Technologies announced today it is moving to 525@vine in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. Currently occupying more than 6,000 sq. ft. in Victoria Hall, Sunrise Technologies will expand to 11,600 sq. ft., in the space formerly occupied by Flywheel Coworking, which moved to the Center for Design Innovation in the south district of the Innovation Quarter in February 2017.

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Venture Café today announced the expansion of its global network of weekly innovation and entrepreneurial gatherings to Winston-Salem in early 2017 in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.

The growth of Venture Café builds on the success of its founding member, the Venture Café Foundation in Boston, Massachusetts which operates District Hall in Boston – the world’s first civic innovation center. Venture Café Winston-Salem will become part of a rapidly expanding global network that includes locations also in St. Louis, Missouri; Miami, Florida; and Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

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Complex will comprise 340+ residential units, 850+ parking spaces and 5,000 square feet of retail space

Wake Forest Innovation Quarter—part of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center—and Grubb Properties today announced an agreement for Grubb Properties to develop a new property in the Innovation Quarter in Winston-Salem comprised of 340+ apartment units, approximately 5,000 square feet of retail space and a parking deck with 850+ spaces.

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A new history series presented by New Winston Museum, Reynolda House, Triad Cultural Arts and Wake Forest Innovation Quarter will explore the history of the former downtown tobacco district, the people who worked there and the impact it had on many aspects of life including the development of downtown Winston-Salem.

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