It all began with pizza. In 2009, soon after his college graduation, Blake Smith moved into a rowhouse in Baltimore’s Little Italy. A lifelong lover of pizza, it didn’t take him long to notice a lack of restaurants offering pizza in the neighborhoods east of the Inner Harbor. That fall, seizing the opportunity, Blake opened Bagby Pizza Company in the historic Bagby Building.
Even in its infancy the restaurant featured many of the signatures that define our group to this day: its tables were made from solid wood that had been cut and polished by hand, the dough for its pizza was made fresh each day, its cheese was grated in-house, and the tomato sauce made from scratch. Its service was warm, polite, and hospitable … the restaurant space bright, lively, and engaging. Since that time our group has grown in leaps and bounds: we added Ten Ten American Bistro in 2011, Fleet Street Kitchen in 2012, Cunningham’s in 2013, and Cunningham’s Cafe and Bakery in 2014. Along the way we also began Cunningham Farms, our group’s own farm, created Cunningham Bakery, a wholesale bakery that offers breads and pastries to many of the city’s finest restaurants and stores, and built Bagby Valet, which provides parking services at all of our locations.
Amid this growth, we have never lost sight of our values nor wavered in our commitment to our guests, our community, our suppliers, or one another.
On the contrary, we have grown as a team, relying on our collective strength to build meaningful and sustainable businesses with deep roots in the communities they serve. Similarly, while embracing change both in our group and in the world around us, we have maintained a deep respect for tradition and a reverence for old-fashioned hospitality. Like so much else at our restaurants, the aforementioned pizza dough at Bagby Pizza Company is still to this day made by hand. And the importance of a smile, a firm handshake, and a door held open remain front and center in all of our operations.the restaurant space bright, lively, and engaging.
We wouldn’t have it any other way.