Johnstown Independent

Coming from Croton

Pizza shop's new owners will send beer with your pie

By
Enlarge Image Buy This Photo
LORRIE CECIL/THISWEEKNEWS
John and Sarah Deptula of Powell are the new owners of the Pizza Place in Croton. The couple took ownership of the business Jan. 28.

Some would say pizza is one of those foods that pretty much tastes good with anything. But pizza and beer have proven to be a near-perfect match.

The new owners of The Pizza Place in Croton are counting on it.

"A lot of people don't know that you can deliver beer with pizza, and I think that will be our little niche," said owner Sarah Deptula, 32, who with her husband, John, took ownership of the restaurant at 2 S. Main St. in January.

The Deptulas expect to acquire a liquor license in the next 10-12 weeks and operate a carryout on the premises.

"That's going to be part of it," John Deptula said. "Customers who come in might be more apt to buy a pizza or sub. When I inquired about the (liquor) license, I was told you could deliver beer as long as the person delivering is 18 or older."

Ohio law (ORC 4303.27) allows delivery of beer with a pizza order, according to Matt Mullins, a spokesman for the Ohio Division of Liquor Control. Delivery personnel would be responsible for checking identification of the purchaser upon delivery, though, even if the purchase were made with a credit card.

The Deptulas' pizza shop, which sits between Johnstown and Centerburg, has served pizza for years but under a number of different names. The most recent owners, Mark and Sherri Webb, ran the business for about seven years, Sarah Deptula said.

Although the name remains the same, the menu features new items, and the interior has new features.

The Powell couple pride themselves on "made-to-order" pizzas with homemade dough and sauce that's never frozen.

Two of the menu items are the "Crazy Hot Pizza," which includes chicken, peppers and onions with a ranch dressing-based sauce, and an open-faced pizza sub with pepperonis.

"All of the ingredients are 100 percent Italian and made daily," John Deptula said. "Nothing is premade. I think the pizza has a unique taste, and it's really based on the New York style."

Though he's been doing plenty of sampling, the 35-year-old federal agent and Iraq War veteran won't be helping in the kitchen. His wife handles the day-to-day business.

"I actually love cooking, and I always wanted to go to cooking school, so this has really been a dream come true of starting my own business," said Sarah Deptula, who earned a master's degree in business administration and an undergraduate degree from the Ohio State University.

A grand reopening will be from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 29, when customers will sample menu items and receive coupons.

"We were nervous about it all at first, but everything kind of just fell into place," Sarah Deptula said.

The restaurant, which also will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. Sundays, will offer catering and accept reservations for parties. Deliveries -- Thursdays through Saturdays -- are expected to begin at the end of the month.

Hours will be 4-9 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 4-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 4-8 p.m. Sundays. The pizza shop will be closed Mondays and on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Comments