“This has been a part of the Dayton area that we have had our eye on for a while,” Eric Soller, co-founder of Old Scratch Pizza said in a press release. “We are really excited about the potential for this location, based on the feedback we have had from people in the area.”
Soller and his wife, Stephanie, opened the first Old Scratch Pizza in 2016 at 812 S. Patterson Boulevard in Dayton. The couple opened their second location in 2019 at 440 Miamisburg-Centerville Road in Centerville.
Soller told Dayton.com opening a third location allows his staff an opportunity to grow and to take on new responsibilities.
The new location will offer the same Old Scratch experience as their other two locations, Soller said.
An extensive renovation process will take place over the next several months. There will be indoor seating for 150 guests and an investment in the expansive patio, Soller explained.
“I’m looking forward to people who are from that area being able to visit us on a more regular basis,” Soller said.
An opening date has not been confirmed.
“We think the community is a great fit for the kind of experience Old Scratch Pizza provides,” Soller said. “We are looking forward to creating a great new space and one of the best patios in the Miami Valley.”
The Wellington Grille’s last day of operation was June 21.
Owner Mary Miller previously told Dayton.com she decided it was time to close The Wellington Grille because she is 81 years old and has been dealing with staffing shortages since the coronavirus pandemic. On top of a worker shortage, Miller said they have also had to deal with food shortages and price increases.
The Wellington Grille had been serving the community since 1998.
“Mary Miller is really a leader in the restaurant community, and has made the Wellington Grille a destination for food and service for 25 years,” Soller said. “We look forward to carrying on that tradition.”
In addition to its Naples-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.