Michael Klein: Buy-it-then-bake-it pizza in Bryn Mawr

Bake 425, a new bake-at-home pizza shop in Bryn Mawr, will also sell salads, as well as ready-to-bake cookies and apple crisp.
Bake 425, a new bake-at-home pizza shop in Bryn Mawr, will also sell salads, as well as ready-to-bake cookies and apple crisp.
Posted: April 14, 2011

Fifteen years after creating the Peace A Pizza chain, Peter Howey and Aaron Nocks are going after a different slice: a bake-at-home shop opening next week called Bake 425 (1012 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, 610-525-6425).

Howey says they noticed a "real void" in the market for a quality pizza that can be prepared in the home - especially after he and his wife had a baby a year and a half ago, which drastically cut their dining-out schedule.

Time-crunched families, he said, can make it "part of the process of baking something together." The shop will open at 1 p.m. and will sell (and deliver locally) till just after dinnertime. Elizabeth Comiskey of the Phoenixville Farmers Market is consulting on the organics.

Besides pizzas - made from locally sourced ingredients and available in gluten-free varieties - Bake 425 will sell salads, as well as cookies and an apple crisp that go into the oven as it's cooling down from baking the pizza.

New Horizons

Horizons, the vegan destination on Seventh Street south of South Street, is preparing to move on after five years. Timetable has it remaining open till July Fourth or so. Husband-wife team Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby are preparing to lease a spot in Center City for a new concept based on beautifully prepared vegetables - less focus on the traditional protein at the center of the plate, says Jacoby.

The new owner of the two-story Horizons building will be a wood-fired pizzeria from Tom Grim and Stalin Bedon, who own Nomad Pizza in Hopewell, N.J. No name yet. Grim, aiming for a September opening, promises good beer and affordable wine, and a Stefano Ferrara oven for pie-making.

All's Fare

Fare, a locavore-friendly bar-restaurant in the works for two years, is targeting "before Memorial Day" at 2028 Fairmount Ave. in Fairmount. Owner David Orphanides and general manager Robert Amar are using recycled and repurposed items in the decor, including carpet and paint. Chef is Tim Bellew.

That's not to be confused with Pure Fare (119 S. 21st St.), a health-conscious cafe opening Monday. Pure Fare's dishes all have 500 calories or less. In a novel twist, brother-sister team Kunal and Kriti Sehgal allow customers to create a profile at purefare.com to calculate their calorie intake and expenditure.

Briefly noted

Catherine's, the BYOB on Route 82 in Unionville, has added breakfast and lunch (Tuesdays through Saturdays) and Sunday brunch to its dinner hours.

Panchero's Mexican Grill, a franchise location, is new at 225 Greentree Rd., Marlton.


Contact Michael Klein at mklein@philly.com. Follow his blog at http://go.philly.com/insider and on Twitter @phillyinsider.

 

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