Sexton's Pizza is serving hybrid pies developed in Columbus and refined in Tampa, Florida.

Brothers Joey and Jamey Sexton, owners of the Reynoldsburg pizzeria, followed their mother to the Sunshine State and started a food truck with central Ohio-style, party-cut pizza.

"We wanted to bring our pizza down there," Jamey Sexton said. "A lot of people from Columbus (are) down there."

But Joey Sexton moved back, and his brother followed, with the intention of opening a brick-and-mortar store in central Ohio.

"We started with a tiny food truck, got a bigger one and finally got a store," Jamey Sexton said of the 36-seat storefront at 8005 E. Broad St.

The pizza crust, made from house-tossed dough, is a cross between the cracker-thin style found in Columbus and the thin-but-crunchy style of New York City. The cheese is shredded and the sauce mixed on premises.

"We spent five years trying to figure out how to make this food," Joey Sexton said.

Staying true to its mission, Sexton's Pizza limited its menu to pies, fries and salads, the brothers said. The pizzeria has some of the more peculiar signature options in central Ohio.

The "Bernie Mac" is topped with mac and cheese and bacon.

Another option features barbecued brisket, tater tots, mac and cheese, onion and housemade ranch ($1 extra).

The "Buffalo soldier" offers chicken fingers, blue cheese, Frank's RedHot sauce and ranch (also $1 extra).

"Starting out as a food truck, we had to do things that were more appealing," Jamey Sexton said.

"They were also our favorite things: How can we make this into a pizza?" Joey Sexton said.

Pizzas cost $14 for 12 inches and $18.50 for 16 inches. Triangle-cut slices of pepperoni or cheese are available for $4 each. Build-your-own pizzas, vegan options and crusts for the gluten-sensitive also are available.

The fries ($5), meanwhile, are fresh-cut, soaked in water and refrigerated. Next, they are blanched in the fryer, refrigerated again and fried to order.

"We put some serious elbow grease into those fries," Joey Sexton said.

The fries also get offbeat treatment, whether topped with pizza sauce, cheese and pepperoni, or cheese, candied bacon and jalapeno.

Salads ($6) and homemade chocolate-chip cookies ($3) round out the menu.

Joey Sexton said a beer and wine license soon would be in place. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 8 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 614-751-6464.

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Red Door BBQ is set to open soon in Columbus' University District. The carryout-only spot will be at 264 W. Lane Ave. near the Varsity Club Restaurant & Bar.

The new location is a follow-up to the original Red Door BBQ, which opened just shy of two years ago at 177 S. Cypress Ave. in Franklinton.

Darrell Thornton, co-founder of the restaurant, said patrons can look forward to classic barbecue dishes, such as brisket, pulled pork, ribs, whole chicken wings, mac and cheese, baked beans and collard greens.

Thornton said the restaurant has two sauces -- sweet and tangy and hot -- with possibly more to come.

In other news from the University District, Ninja Grill is expected to open in April at 9 E. Lane Ave.

The fast-casual concept, which will seat about 40, will offer a hibachi menu cooked to order, owner Jian Zhang said. Choices will include chicken, salmon, scallops, shrimp, squid and steak, ranging in price from $8.50 to $11.95.

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Construction is underway on central Ohio's second Peace Love & Little Donuts.

The shop should open in May at 2116 W. Henderson Road in Columbus.

Jim and Kathy Welte, local franchisees of the Pittsburgh-based chain, opened their first shop in July 2017 in Worthington. Peace Love & Little Donuts offers more than 70 flavors. Some of its more deluxe choices include Key lime pie, maple bacon, s'mores and strawberry shortcake.

Unlike Worthington, the Henderson location will not be nut-free and will offer about 30 more flavors, Jim Welte said.

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