The next time someone pulls into the old BP lot, it might be to fill up on pizza and beer.
The gas station at 604 High St. in downtown Worthington was demolished Monday morning, March 1, to make way for the construction of Dewey's Pizza.
The one-story brick building with a plaza, at the southeast corner of New England Avenue and High Street, is expected to rise quickly, with a late summer opening planned.
Dewey's has 16 locations, including one at 1227 W. Fifth Ave., near Grandview Heights. They feature both traditional and gourmet pizzas, calzones and beer.
Worthington's dine-in restaurant will feature a brick seating area on the corner that will be open to the public, including the Saturday farmers market.
Dewey's representatives said they like to build in walkable, historic communities and to become part of the surrounding neighborhoods.
"Worthington is exactly the kind of community we want to locate our restaurants in and become a local favorite," said Eric C. Kohl, regional partner for Dewey's Pizza.
The Worthington location will seat about 80 guests, and Dewey's expects to hire a staff of about 50.
"While the Worthington location is being built, we encourage people to come to our Grandview restaurant and check out our pizza, calzones, salads and unique craft beers and wines," Kohl said.