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June 6, 2022

After eatery absence, a restaurant is coming again to Brunswick food-and-art venue Frontier

Courtesy / Frontier The dining room on Frontier, at Fort Andross Mill in Brunswick, will become a new branch of Nomad Pizza, headquartered in Princeton, N.J.

For nearly 20 years, Frontier, a sprawling complex at the Fort Andross Mill building in Brunswick, has provided a mix of food, film, music and art “reminiscent of a traveler’s crossroads,” according to the venue's website.

And now the crossroads includes New Jersey.

Nomad Pizza, based in Princeton, N.J., will open at Frontier later this summer, taking over restaurant space that has been largely dormant since the start of the pandemic.

The pizza chain, which operates two branches in New Jersey and one in Philadelphia, is owned by Tom Grim, who now lives in Maine. His son Nicholas runs Nomad Pasta, a producer of organic small batch pasta, in Belfast. Another son, Aaron, produces goat cheese and yogurt at Cosmic Hill Goat Farm and Creamery, in Litchfield.

Frontier owner Michael Gilroy said on social media that he’s been discussing the idea of collaborating with Tom Grim for the past year.

“[Tom] and Nomad partner Matt Shankle spent last summer traveling throughout Maine serving their wood-fired pizza from a mobile pizza truck, in search of a new home,” Gilroy posted. “As a longtime Frontier customer, Tom always thought our space would be the perfect location for their wood-fired pizza.”

Frontier includes a cafe, a 120-seat restaurant, an art gallery, and a 62-seat movie theater and performance space inside Fort Andross Mill. The massive structure was built in 1809 by the Brunswick Cotton Manufacturing Co. on the site of a 17th-century garrison and fur trading post. During the 1980s, the building was repurposed for offices and studios.

Since Gilroy opened his business in the early 2000’s, Frontier has attracted a steady stream of local artists, musicians, theater lovers and foodies. Much of the operations were shuttered or went online because of COVID-19, but cafe service and some art exhibits resumed last fall.

“This past two-year, mazelike journey fundamentally challenged our ability to gather people together around food, film, music, and art. Simply put, our business model needed to change," Gilroy said. "And so we evolve, once again.”

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