Sodo Pizza takes on the Old Bank

On Twitter, Acorn estate agency confirms that Clapton sourdough pizza specialists Sodo Pizza has completed a deal to move into the Old Bank restaurant in Honor Oak. The site was most recently occupied by pop-up restaurateurs Gingerline, who made it their long-time HQ.

This is great news for the Honor Oak Park parade but is also interesting as a rare example of an established, successful restaurant business expanding into the area.

With thanks to Monkeyboy and Joe for the tip off.

27 comments:

Leila said...

YIPPPPEEEEEEEE

I'm Still Stondon said...

Hell yes!

Yay...oh. said...

Hmmmn only four types of pizza inc. margarita, one has walnuts on, another is butternut squash and rosemary. Did someone say prententious? Whats wrong with some classics like napoletana, which you'd struggle to find in the neighbourhood rather than foodie ones that wouldn't be seen dead in Italy for a good reason.

Brockley Jon said...

Hmmm, with you, but they do say + specials. If you want classic Italian flavours, you only have to stroll down to La Querce on one of their pizza nights.

terrencetrentderby said...

The pizza I had in Italy was generally quite bad, but yes four types of Jamie Oliver style pizzas seems a bit weak.

Ladywell Lady said...

Welcome to the 'hood Sodo! Ignore the detractors...

Monkeyboy said...

So what? Babur food is nothing like what you would have in india. We're not in india...or italy. Actually, i have had some off piste toppings in italy. Nothing in the constitution preventing that and not as uncommon as you suggest. So long as it's done well, unlike pizza hut or its competitors.

Emily said...

This is the best news ever!!! Awesome. Thanks for letting us know..

Dave said...

There's nothing like a good piece of bread and cheese and a few other scraps thrown on top

Anonymous said...

Very exciting news - looks promising! It's been such a shame seeing that space unused.

dhoper said...

i was hoping for a pizza place - i also was fed up of watching the building decay!

Brockley Nick said...

yes, although of course it;s been in use for most of the last year. One of the downside's of Gingerline's "secret" model is that no-one's supposed to know that it's a functioning venue, so it looks like the place is being squatted.

Tag said...

Go away! Where did you learn how to debate, the playground? For a start it wasn't an empty lot, there was a rather good pop up restaurant there, but I guess you failed to notice that. Folks are allowed to comment on the potential merits or not of new and existing businesses on here, rather than blindly clapping like seals just because anything at all has happened. People quibbling over what type of pizza they would like is exactly what happened when Dominos was run out of town, but I guess that's okay because they weren't middle class enough.

Pizza snob said...

For God's sake, if it was down to people like you we'd probably all still be eating a diet of boiled parsnips. Food moves on - experimentation is fine.
Plus, if we're gonna get all pedantic, pizza was only invented in the late 19th century, and the only authentic pizza is a margherita (which this place actually does serve!).
The prices are reasonable, it is well regarded. Why not try it out eh?

Monkeyboy said...

Are there lessons in debating? i had no idea.


I had no deep unhapiness at Dominos ocupying that space, I wouldnt make an effort to travel there because Dominos make bready pizzas with poor toppings. Nothing to do with 'middle classness' or any other dubious attempts at clasifying it as some kind of proxy class war.

Concrete Schoolyard said...

Utter balls.
It was an empty lot, the pop-up restaurant was there only intermittently, and this still meant that it was boarded up and empty the remaining 99 per cent of the time. It was not a permanent fixture, nor did it intend to be.

People are allowed to comment, naturally, but hopefully in a meaningful, constructive way. Pedantic complaints over pizza styles are so out of place when the area that should be doing all it can to attract businesses that can add value (and not in terms of property prices before you burst a vein).

It is entirely dissimilar from the Dominos debate, in that there is a clear difference between what could be a local, family restaurant and another fast food takeaway outlet that brings little to the street apart from fleets of mopeds.

Not everything needs to be a class war, and this feels particularly inappropriate here as Sodo's pizzas are cheaper than the Dominos equivalent.

Barnaby said...

Hopefully they'll realise that we want yummy mung bean pizzas, hopefully grown organically by a local cooperative.

RB said...

Wasn't this the same place that Dominos wanted to move into but couldn't because a load of mungs started complaining?

Funky moped said...

Yes, apparently they were unconvinced that the brigades of class warriors on Brockley Central were numerous enough to turn a profit selling unfussy factory fodder.

Fabhat said...

Because dominos would have been takeaway only - not eat it.

banshee said...

I live in one of the side streets off Honor Oak Park and objected to the Dominos application - not in the least because of what they sell, plenty of guilty takeaways consumed in our house. But the business model was a delivery hub with 20+ mopeds, and I had two worries: the noise and the danger. I don't doubt that locally there was muesli based motivation but it wasn't mine, and more to the point it wasn't what swayed the council in turning down the planning application.

banshee said...

Gingerline left in the summer Nick - they had a farewell party in about July and it has been empty since then.

Dave said...

Let's just face it, this is better for not just the parade but for all the surrounding homes, if you want a Dominos you can get one easy enough still from a few outlets no doubt. This building is probably the most important on the street and in some ways could set the scene for the rest of the parade. Thank god Dominos didn't get in and these people did, the street would no doubt become a very different place had they done in my opinion.

Brockley Nick said...

Yes, sure, but it was occupied for months and months whilst appearing unused.

Brockley Jon said...

Yes, Dominos was true waste of a decent and characterful restaurant space which could have (and will now) add to that stretch, bringing customers who will also spend in the other shops & cafes. At the time we debated that there were other spaces that were much better suited.

RB said...

But Dominos produce more honest fare - their pizzas are very good, and well worth the £10.99 price for collection orders.

OffDutyBill said...

Should be open in three or four weeks judging by their posts on Twitter. Looking forward to sampling the pizza and craft beer :-) https://twitter.com/sodopizzacafe/status/414740502676643840

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