Old Engine 12 Restaurant

Five Alarm

Pizza, Steaks and Lasagna in a Firehouse

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This place has a fire pole.

So we thought we’d lead with that.

It’s called Old Engine 12 Restaurant, and it occupies the 1897 building that once housed Old Engine Company 12. They open on Friday.

There’s this brass fire pole when you walk in. But we said that already. So let’s focus on the original brick, beams and windows. There’s even a piano. (See the slideshow here.)

And then let’s tell you how to use this place:

Happy hour. They’ll have it from 4 to 6pm every day, with deals on the stuff that comes out of the pizza oven in the middle of the dining room. Namely, rectangular pizzas served on cutting boards and cooked-to-order lasagnas. It’s also a good time to check out the 10 draft beers and another 30 in the bottle or can.

To get your steak fix. Take a seat near the front windows, or on the front patio. Then investigate red-meat options like New York strips or Wagyu tri-tip served by the ounce.

For a private event. That’s what the huge upper floors are for. You could host 30 in a small third-floor speakeasy spot, or 120 in the second-floor ballroom.

No, you can’t slide down the pole.

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