Iron Rooster, the popular all-day breakfast spot in downtown Annapolis, is expanding its flagship location into the building next door.
The restaurant at 12-14 Market Space received approval to expand into the retail space at 16 Market Space, which most recently housed the Pink Crab before the Lilly Pulitzer store relocated down the street.
Adding the two-story space will give Iron Rooster more room for large weekend crowds — when wait times can extend for hours — and allow the restaurant to host more private events, owner Kyle Algaze said. Iron Rooster currently has 168 seats, and the additional space will make room for 40 more seats inside and 16 outside.
In the past, the restaurant has been forced to turn away some private event requests because there wasn't enough space. Algaze said he gets groups looking to host everything from baby showers to meetings between the state's political players.
"It’ll be a little more intimate for private events because it’s kind of got its own feel,” Algaze said of the addition.
He plans to start building out the space after the start of the new year, and anticipates renovations taking no longer than 30 days.
The Annapolis Board of Appeals unanimously approved the expansion Tuesday night.
Iron Rooster recently brought its homemade Pop-Tarts to its second location in Baltimore, which opened in Canton in late November, replacing Farmstead Grill. Once the Canton Crossing location is established, Algaze said he'll start looking for a third site.