Industry News | September 30, 2016

Special Program Helps Operator Open BricknFire Pizza Co.

J.W. (Bill) Marriott, Jr., executive chairman and chairman of the board of Marriott International, Inc. and Megan Lanasa, owner of BricknFire Pizza Co. BricknFire Pizza Co

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BricknFire Pizza Co., the popular mobile pizza oven operating in the Greater Baltimore area, opened its first physical location inside the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards in July. BricknFire opened its new space following owner Megan Lanasa winning the Marriott’s 2015 CANVAS program, which earned her the rights to the space and $75,000 in startup funds.

Conceived by Lanasa, a Catonsville native, in 2013, BricknFire was born of a passion for cooking with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. BricknFire at Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards serves original, artisanal Neapolitan-style pizza, and features classics such as Margherita and Soppressata pizza as well as a selection of seasonal choices. The restaurant also serves a variety of salads and sandwiches.

BricknFire, located across from Oriole Park at Camden Yards, is a 500-square-foot space adjacent to the hotel’s lobby and includes its own dedicated entrance leading in from the hotel’s porte-cochere. BricknFire’s interior space features an industrial rustic design concept, complete with stainless steel appliances and slate serving boards. Seating is available both inside the restaurant and in the hotel’s Greatroom, which sits just across from a beer wall stocked with local craft brews.

“The opportunity to grow my business through the Marriott CANVAS program has been an absolute dream come true,” Lanasa says. “Marriott’s CANVAS program has given me the opportunity and freedom to develop both creatively and professionally by lending me expertise and resources as I work to execute my concept.”

The Marriott’s CANVAS program was designed to incubate restaurant entrepreneurship at select Marriott Hotels around the world. BricknFire was selected as the winner for the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards by a committee of local restaurateurs, hotel owners and industry experts.

“We are thrilled to celebrate the opening of BricknFire Pizza here at the hotel,” says Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards General Manager Onahlea Shimunek. “Marriott is proud to support and act as a partner to BricknFire. We look forward to offering their Neapolitan-style pizza to Baltimore locals and travelers alike.”

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