Leesburg Town Council voted Tuesday evening to award a 20-year lease of the town-owned Mighty Midget Kitchen to Mom’s Apple Pie Bakery.
Mom’s also plans to relocate the structure to the bakery’s premises at the intersection of East Market and East Loudoun streets, where the Mighty Midget originally stood for nearly half a century, according to council documents.
“If you’ve lived here any length of time — 25, 30 years — you’ll remember the Mighty Midget being at that location,” Leesburg Mayor Kelly Burk said before the vote. “So to see it go back to that location, I think, is just another continuation of preserving the history of where we were.”
The kitchen, made from a converted 6-by-9-foot B-25 fuselage tank, has been a Leesburg landmark since 1947 and originally operated as a diner pit-stop before closing in 1993. Leesburg acquired the kitchen the following year.
From 1996 to 2016 it was rented by Gordon MacDowell of Macdowell Brew Kitchen, and it was most recently housed at German-Turkish eatery Döner Bistro.
After Döner vacated the premises last May, council voted unanimously the following month to put out a request for proposal from potential leasers.
Town staff issued that request Aug. 8, 2019, received three proposals in response and ultimately recommended Mom’s be awarded the lease at a rental rate of $50 a year.
“Council finds that award of the lease to Mom’s Apple Pie Bakery will serve the best interests of the town,” the accompanying resolution reads.