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Wood-fired and ready: Ironwood sets up shop in Manlius

John Freightenburgh, owner, stands outside Ironwood, the wood-fired pizza shop he’s opening in the village of Manlius.

John Freightenburgh, owner, stands outside Ironwood, the wood-fired pizza shop he’s opening in the village of Manlius. Allie Wenner

— The restaurant seats about 75, and because of that, Freightenburgh is shaking things up and not offering takeout or delivery. He explains that he just wouldn’t be able to handle the demands that come along with delivery just yet.

“We’re getting a lot of grief about that. People have this mindset with pizza that you get it delivered to your door. That’s not gonna be the case here,” he said. “It’s not because I don’t want to do it, it’s because I have one pizza oven. I see this place being busy at dinner time, and I don’t think it’s going to be possible for us to accommodate dining in and deliveries at this time.”

Freightenburgh explained that the idea of Ironwood is to sit down, place your order, and enjoy a glass of wine or beer while waiting for your pizza to arrive. He’s already installed six kegs and plans to serve a constantly changing menu of local beers.

“Middle Ages, Empire, Ommegang … the owner of Empire was in here the other day, and he’s excited and glad we’re having his beer here,” he said. “That’s the kind of vibe we want here, kind of like Empire Brewing Company [in Downtown Syracuse].”

Ironwood will be open from 4 to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and for brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Freightenburgh plans to have a special breakfast menu as well as live music during brunch.

As of last week, there was no date set in stone for the grand opening, but Freightenburgh and his team were hard at work putting the finishing touches on the building. If all goes according to plan, he’s hoping to have the restaurant open by Thanksgiving.

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