Detroit-style ‘Cross Street Public House’ pizza bar opens in Federal Hill

Cross Street Public House opened in the former 10,000 square foot Stalking Horse home at 26 E. Cross St. in Federal Hill. This “upscale tavern” with a Detroit-style pizza-focused menu is owned by Andrew Carter and Jesse Selke of Delia Foley’s Group, as well as industry veteran Jason Zink.

Carter and Selke are the owners of Delia Foley’s Pub and AJ’s on Hanover Street in Federal Hill and Smaltimore in Canton. Carter was the manager of Stalking Horse from 2008 to 2014. Zink is the former owner of No Idea Tavern, Don’t Know Tavern and Smaltimore, and is now a partner of the Abbey Burger Bistro stores in Fells Point, Mount Washington, and Havre de Grace.

Zink spent the last year working on his pizza recipes and traveled to Detroit to learn from the late Shawn Randazzo of the Detroit Style Pizza Company. Randazzo, who died in December after a battle with brain cancer, was twice world champion pizza maker of the year.

Zink also hosted a Detroit-style pop-up pizza at the SoBo Market last December.

Detroit-style pizza is a deep dish, focaccia pizza baked in blue steel pans. This style is known for its burnt cheese edges and sauce drizzled on top. Cross Street Public House offers 8 “x 10” pizzas including a Margherita, spicy pepperoni, Coney Island hot dog inspired pizza, cheesesteak pizza, barbecue chicken pizza, s’mores pizza and Moreover.

Cross Street Public House hopes to add bar-style thin crust pizzas in the future.

The menu also includes salads; sandwiches featuring hot Nashville chicken, parmesan chicken and Carolina pulled pork; and appetizers such as baked wings, supreme pizza dip, loaded pierogis, and fried tortellini.

The Cross Street Public House team worked with Chef Frank Campanella on the menu. Felipe Escobar, the chef at Delia Foley’s, runs the kitchen at Cross Street Public House.

The bar will focus on craft beers, signature cocktails and favorites.

Carter said the goal of the new concept is to “change the atmosphere in the nightclub.” The team undertook a complete renovation of the building adding more televisions, a 16-beer tap system, and arcade games such as Golden Tee, Pacman, Skee-ball and shuffleboard, as well as tables with integrated interactive games. The team also removed the slush machines and the DJ booth, and will soon be adding garage doors to the front of the building.

An outdoor parklet dining area has been added to the street. Cross Street Public House has teamed up with the next door neighbor and the new Nola restaurant on a tent for the two parklets. Cross Street Public House will add televisions to its park.

Cross Street Public House is currently open Wednesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. He may add lunch hours on Fridays and Saturdays in the future as the team navigates through current labor shortages.

Cross Street Pubic House will open on November 6.

Cross Street Public House is joining a flurry of new restaurants arriving in the E. Cross Street unit block in Federal Hill. No Way Rosé, PALM and Yeeros Plus will soon open their doors; Nola opened last week; and Watershed has opened in recent months. A concept that has yet to be announced will also take over the old Crazy Lil’s. The Cross Street Public House team is thrilled to be around this new wave of activity in Federal Hill.

Photos courtesy of Cross Street Public House

About the Author: Kevin Lynch

Founder and Publisher of SouthBmore.com, longtime South Baltimore resident and graduate of Towson University. Unconditional fan of Ravens and O’s, father of three, amateur pizzaiolo, skateboarder and “bar food” gourmet. Write to me at [email protected] and follow me on Twitter at @SoBoKevin.

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