Old Scratch Pizza, known for its Neapolitan-style pizzas cooked in wood-fired ovens, is expanding by opening a fourth location in the Dayton area.
Eric Soller, who founded Old Scratch Pizza with his wife, Stephanie, in 2016, told Dayton.com they are planning to open a new location in the former Troy Fire Department station located at 19 East Race St. in the heart of downtown. Expected opening is by early summer of next year.
“The Troy location is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time,” Soller said. “Based on outreach and feedback from guests in the area, we think there is a lot of potential for this location.”
Soller said repurposing a building as unique as the fire station is a really exciting opportunity. He explained that the building has a “really cool 1960s vibe” they are planning to preserve.
“I worked in Troy for over 10 years when I was with Hobart, and I am a big fan of the town,” Soller said. “We are looking forward to becoming a part of this community, creating a place for longtime fans and new guests to come and enjoy what we have to offer.”
The couple opened the first Old Scratch Pizza at 812 S. Patterson Boulevard in Dayton, followed by their second location in 2019 at 440 Miamisburg-Centerville Road in Centerville. In June, they announced the addition of the Beavercreek location at 2450 Dayton Xenia Road in the former space of The Wellington Grille. The Beavercreek location is expected to open in late 2022 or early 2023.
The Troy fire station was built in 1966 and replaced this year by a new fire station nearby on East Canal Street.
The Race Street building is structurally sound, but the fire department staff and technology had outgrown that station, Troy Mayor Robin Oda said.
“We’re so excited to see this type of reuse in Troy,” she said.
The sale of the property, for $500,000, closed Thursday.
In addition to its Neapolitan-style pizzas, Old Scratch serves salads and specialty items. It features 20 taps devoted to craft beer, wine and a variety of cocktails.
For more information about Old Scratch Pizza, visit www.oldscratchpizza.com.