Spotlight: Nomad Pizza, Princeton NJ

Nomad Pizza, located in Princeton Shopping Center, was previously an Amoco gas station that sat vacant for years. Elrath Construction worked alongside JZA+D architects (exterior), Steven Cohen, AIA of Princeton, NJ (interior), and Groundswell Design Group to transform the service station into a unique restaurant space. Completed in 2016, Nomad Pizza highlights the building’s past life while adding custom finishes that mix both industrial and rustic aesthetics.


The existing lot required substantial renovations to both the interior and exterior. A roof replacement was required. Manual, roll-up garage doors and large glass windows replaced the existing doors on each side, and a retractable awning was added over the patio.


The 1,000 square foot restaurant brings in a ton of natural light with its large glass garage doors, which roll up and connect to 980 square foot landscaped outside space. Cedar finishes to both the interior and exterior added a rustic element, fitting for a restaurant that specialized in wood-fired pizzas. Details like the repurposed wood beams wrapped in Edison bulbs meshed the two design elements together.

Nomad: Before & After

Slide the image to see how we converted a vacant gas station into one of the coolest restaurants in town that still honors the building’s past.