CONWAY — Almost two years after Wicked Fresh Craft Burgers made its debut in North Conway (at Settlers Corner, next to Staples), the Iannuzzi and Rassi families are expanding into Settlers Green with a new restaurant and two food kiosks to open in June.
FIRE by Wicked Fresh will feature Mediterranean-inspired lunch and dinner plates, as well as brick oven pizza, including slices to go. It also will serve local beer and specialty wine.
The 2,350-square-foot restaurant is next to Bass Factory Outlet and across from the Settlers Green Management Office in the former Brandli’s Pizza Grille, and also features a heated outdoor patio.
Interior design is being completed by Prellwitz Chilinski Associates of Cambridge, Mass. Renovations are underway.
The restaurant will feature organic-toned textiles, colorful graffiti and industrial accents, according to Settlers Green spokespeople.
The Wicked Restaurant Group also plans to open two kiosks — Wicked Street and Wicked Munchies — in the Food Courtyard at Settlers Green near Kay Jewelers and Dressbarn.
Both venues also were previously leased by Brandli’s. According to Settlers Green Assistant Marketing Director Laura Lemieux, Brandli’s had been listed for sale for a year by owners Ken and Jen Janos, who operated their restaurant since 1990.
Its last night of operation at Settlers Green was March 28, Lemieux said, with a new lease signed March 29 with the Iannuzzi and Rassi families.
Wicked Street will feature food truck fare such as tacos, burritos and bowls. Chef and co-owner Danny Rassi will offer original recipes and flavorful specials.
Wicked Munchies will be a snack shack with quick options for shoppers like popcorn, ice cream and build-your-own waffles. Both kiosks will have outdoor patio seating.
Marc and Kathy Ianuzzi, who successfully launched the White Mountain Cupcakery in 2009, partnered with Danny and Angelys Rassi to create Wicked Fresh Craft Burgers in 2017.
Kathy and Danny are brother and sister, and Marc and Danny have been friends since their teens.
Wicked Fresh Craft Burgers built its brand on a “fresh, never frozen” concept. The new restaurant and eateries will follow suit.
“We plan to keep the ‘wicked fresh way’ intact,” Danny said. “Ingredients will be sourced from the Northeast, including a local vendors Sherman Farm and North Country Smokehouse.”
Kathy said the FIRE menu won't just feature pizza. “The goal is to have it be a modern take on Old World tastes, with a variety of menu options and fresh flavors.”
FIRE, Wicked Street and Wicked Munchies join locally owned and operated eateries at Settlers Green and Settlers Crossing that include The Met Coffeehouse, Barley & Salt Tap House and Kitchen, Black Cap Grille and White Mountain Cupcakery.
OVP Management, Inc., a Newton, Mass.-based real estate development company that has developed over 500,000 square feet of commercial properties in North Conway. It has an on-site management office at Settlers Green that manages Settlers Green and Settlers Crossing. The Settlers brand includes more than 70 tenants.