Old Scratch Pizza looks toward opening more Dayton-area restaurants

Old Scratch Pizza at 812 S. Patterson Blvd. in Dayton is wrapping up its first year in business with an eye toward expanding the concept to other locations in the Dayton area.

“We think we’ve created a place that would work in a lot of other places,” Eric Soller, co-founder (with his wife Stephanie) of Old Scratch, told this news outlet.

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The co-founder of the independently owned pizza restaurant said he’ll be very selective about the location and the space of any future locations. “If we go somewhere, we’ll have to keep the soul of Old Scratch Pizza,” Soller said.

“We’ve spent our first year refining everything we do,” Soller said. “It has been a really good run so far.”

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Old Scratch will celebrate its first birthday with a free-pizza promotion on Oct. 18.

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The 6,000-square-foot, 125-seat pizzeria and beer hall serves Naples-style pizzas cooked in wood-fired ovens, and it features a variety of craft beers on tap as well as a wine and cocktail list. The atmosphere is casual, with seating in the dining area provided by picnic tables.

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Eric and Stephanie Soller met while both were attending the New England Culinary Institute. Eric Soller has managed hotel and catering kitchens in Oregon, Michigan and Colorado. Before launching Old Scratch Pizza, he was employed by Troy-based Hobart Corp.

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Old Scratch Pizza’s “Cones for a Cause” program has raised more than $17,000 for Dayton-area non-profit organizations in the restaurant’s first year.

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