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Cugino Forno Pizzeria has opened in Greensboro

Cugino Forno Neapolitan Pizza has opened at 1160 Revolution Mill Drive.

Cousins Joseph Ozbey, Yilmaz Guver and Adam Adksoy opened the pizzeria. Cugino is Italian for cousin. Forno is Italian for oven.

The pizzeria specializes in Neapolitan-style pizza using imported ingredients.

Customers sit at picnic tables and watch their custom-order, hand-tossed pizza being baked in 90 seconds in one of three 800-degree specialty ovens.

The menu is small. There are only 11 16-inch specialty pizzas ranging from a vegetarian-friendly Marinara to the Napoletana with Italian sausage and Bufala Mozzarella.

Additional toppings, such as artichoke or caramelized onion can be added to the Margherita pizza. The restaurant also offers salads and Cannoli.  Italian beer and wine will be offered soon.

The pizzeria is in the free-standing building that was a machine shop for the former Revolution Mill. The mill opened in 1899 and produced flannel for decades before closing and falling into disrepair. In 2012, Self-Help assumed ownership of Revolution Mill and is completing the property’s transformation into a mixed-use development of offices and apartments.

Cugino Forno may well be the beginning of the mill campus as a destination for diners. Urban Grinders coffee shop is expected to open in the main building this spring. Natty Greene’s Kitchen + Market, a spin-off from Natty Greene’s Brew Pub featuring a full restaurant charcuterie and bar, is expected to open this year in another free standing building overlooking Buffalo Creek on the campus’ south side. A pedestrian bridge has already been constructed so that patrons can reach the restaurant from parking on the stream’s south bank.

Cugino Forno is open from 11 a.m. until the dough runs out, around 9 p.m.

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Short Orders: Urban Grinders coming to Revolution Mill

Urban Grinders coffee shop is opening at Revolution Mill in Greensboro.

This will be the second location for Urban Grinders, which opened a coffee shop and art gallery in 2015 at 116 N. Elm St. in downtown Greensboro.

The new opening is part of a redevelopment for the historic old textile mill that produced flannel for decades before closing and falling into disrepair.

In 2012, Self-Help assumed ownership of Revolution Mill and is completing the property’s transformation into a mixed-use development.

The coffee shop will be on the first floor of Building 1250, home to more than 45 businesses, art studios and creative firms. It also houses the artist-in-residence program and the WAMRev Gallery, which hosts rotating exhibits in collaboration with Weatherspoon Art Museum.

“Focusing on art and music more so than any other coffee shop has helped to breed a certain culture downtown that you can’t find anywhere else,” said owner Jeff Beck. “We like to tell people we have taken a chunk of New York and plopped it right down in the middle of Greensboro. Urban Grinders at Revolution will have the same spirit as our Elm Street location, but we will be focusing more on a refined coffee shop atmosphere.”

The shop’s open concept will feature seating for 35 to 50 people. It will overlook Revolution Docks — an outdoor plaza that can be used for casual gathering, events and performances.

The coffee shop will open in early spring.

It joins dining concepts Cugino Forno Pizzeria and Natty Greene’s Kitchen + Market, which also are expected to open on the campus this spring.

For more information, visit http://revolutionmill greensboro.com.

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Creative (Work) Space

Darryl Howard doesn’t feel like he’s ever going to work.

That’s because his office doesn’t look like your typical, drab workspace. You won’t find chunky, impersonal office furniture from the 1970s. Or faded carpets hosting crumbs from the meals of long gone employees.

His office at Revolution Mill is filled with artwork that includes paintings, sculpture and found objects. The floors are hardwood, and the large windows and high ceilings bring in abundant natural light.

Howard’s design and technology studio, Space Logix, also includes workspaces for a dress designer, pharmacist, aquarium lighting manufacturer, angel investor, physician and several corporate remote employees.

Children and pets are welcome there.

And occasionally, they have after-work wine tastings.

“Most of us at one time or another have spent our working lives in a dull, traditional workplace. We enter feeling uninspired and leave feeling drained,” Howard says. “Work has changed. Workers’ expectations for their work environment has changed. ... I built this location to satisfy my own needs as a place I would like to work.”

It’s a space set within a campus that includes about 250,000 square feet of office space, 142 loft apartments, restaurants, art galleries, fitness center, yoga studio and event venues. Many of the offices, like Howard’s, resemble a spread from a modern furnishings catalog. 

The site holds significance in Greensboro’s manufacturing history. Brothers Moses and Ceasar Cone partnered with longtime friends, the Sternbergers, to open Revolution Mill in 1898. It became the first flannel mill in the South. The mill closed in 1982 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. There is a permanent gallery documenting its history on the campus.

Today, the mill hosts a mix of professionals, including photographers, health care workers, hairstylists, attorneys and counselors.

There are regular socials for tenants, and an amphitheatre will feature a variety of entertainment events.

“It is so diverse but so casual and laid-back that not working here, I believe, would be difficult,” Howard says. “You get so used to the beauty, the different creatives, the diversity and the expansive campus that it takes on more of being a physical part of you. I don’t think that anyone refers to it as the ‘office.’ Coming into ‘work’ never feels like ‘work,’ rather just a part of the natural rhythm of your creativity.”

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$100 million Revolution Mill redevelopment project ramping up for 2016 finish

GREENSBORO − The group that is doing a  redevelopment of the historic Revolution Mill textile mill complex said today that it will ramp up construction and finish the project by the third quarter of 2016. 

Self-Help Ventures Fund, owner of Revolution Mill and the surrounding 45 acres two miles north of downtown Greensboro, said it closed recently on a financing package and began an accelerated construction schedule to complete the redevelopment of the mixed-use, destination campus by the third quarter of 2016, according to a news release. 

Development Manager Micah Kordsmeier said in the release that the project will exceed $100 million and will include 142 one and two-bedroom apartments, 240,000 square feet of  office space, and multiple dining options.

The company will also offer space for 20-30 working artists, galleries, and a variety of indoor and outdoor event spaces.

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