Orin Hemminger, a doctoral candidate at Ohio State, has planned a June opening for Fozzie's in Olde Town East.
If nothing else, Orin Hemminger will have a job when he graduates from college.
Studying for his doctorate in chemical engineering at Ohio State University, Hemminger plans to open Fozzie's, a pizzeria, this June in Olde
He didn't expect to open a pizza joint - he really wants to own a microbrewery - but simply saw a need and wanted to fill it.
"I can't get a pizza near my house," Hemminger said. "I have to drive to German Village or the Short North."
So he enlisted the help of his family. His father, impressed with his son's business plan, is bankrolling the place and his sister, who works at a
pizza place in Providence, R.I., will manage it.
"It's going to be simple," Hemminger says of the operation, which will occupy 2,000 square feet of space at 892 Oak St.
The menu will offer Naples-style pizza at first, with some other light fare introduced over time.
The place will offer dine-in, with seating for about 30, and carryout, but not delivery.
He expects to graduate from OSU in a few months. He isn't sure whether he's overqualified for the position.
"It gets pretty complicated," he said of the pizza business. "Making dough is a bit of a science."
Bill Yerkes, a familiar face on the local pizza scene, said he is building Hemminger a pizza oven and will show him a few tricks of the trade.
Meanwhile, Yerkes still plans to open a shop in the Grandview Heights area but wouldn't commit to a date.
Hemminger also has a bit of an entrepreneurial spirit. He's making a coffee cup that retains heat by using three layers of stainless steel
interspersed with beeswax. The prototype won him a third-place award in the Deloitte Business Plan Competition from Ohio State's Fisher
College of Business. The design is in production.
Tracy Heitmeyer wasn't expecting to be situated between two coffee giants. It just kind of worked out that way.
Her store, 5 Bean Coffee in Reynoldsburg, is bookended by Tim Hortons and McDonald's.
She's not worried.
"It works out OK," she said. "I have people who come down with cartons of Tim Hortons doughnuts. I don't care."
Heitmeyer works exclusively with Crimson Cup Coffee, its five-bean blend - better known as Armando's Blend - serving as the store's
namesake. Other coffee drinks include espresso, cappuccino, latte and such. The beverage menu is rounded out with chai, hot chocolate
Also look for a small assortment of cookies, muffins and other baked goods.
The coffee shop, 2087 state Route 256, is open daily for breakfast through early evening hours. For more information, call 614-322-2326.
Smackies has again relocated - but not very far.
The barbecue restaurant, which got its start in the New Albany area, has moved to a smaller location in the Columbus Square. The reason cited: the former 5,654-square-foot space, once a Bob Evans, was too big. The current 3,000-square-foot storefront, 5786 Emporium
Square, was most recently occupied by Whale Fish, Shrimp & Chicken.