Update: Version 2.0 of Ohio City Pizzeria will open its doors for lunch and dinner service, along with a full bar, on July 19.
If you missed the story earlier this year touting the old Ohio City favorite’s second life with a new mission, the short version: The new restaurant is reopening as a combined nonprofit effort by the EDWINS team and the West Side Catholic Center. While Christopher Terry, the executive chef at EDWINS, is leading the culinary side, the West Side Catholic Center will be benefiting with the restaurant hiring clients and serving its community.
(Original story 2/19/19): Ohio City Pizzeria is coming back, and it’s doing so with a new menu and mission.
Come spring, it’ll reopen as a nonprofit with a revamped menu and full bar service in partnership with Brandon Chrostowski of EDWINS and the West Side Catholic Center, which owns the building at 3223 Lorain Ave. where it’ll operate.
Chrostowski will lead the charge on expanding and fine-tuning the pizzeria’s offerings, including calzones, pasta, sandwiches, vegetables and soups. He’ll also lead hiring, training and interior design.
Meanwhile, the West Side Catholic Center will benefit with Ohio City Pizzeria assisting in serving its community and hiring clients, which is right in line with EDWINS’ philosophy.
“We recognized that we had a unique opportunity to reopen a popular eatery that will feed the local community, while supporting economic growth initiatives. In addition, Ohio City Pizzeria will help the West Side Catholic Center serve people in need of food, clothing, shelter, advocacy and a path to self-sufficiency,” said John Litten, executive director of the center, in a statement. “We plan to serve up an exceptional and fun experience, with an enhanced environment, engaging service and a robust but balanced menu. At the same time, Ohio City Pizzeria will train and employ clients of the WSCC and will support the mission through future profits.”
“It will contribute to and sustain the community in an even more important way, by supporting the mission of the West Side Catholic Center, which benefits the entire northeast Ohio community, regardless of residence, race or religion,” added Chrostowski.
Expect full lunch and dinner service, and delivery, once Ohio City Pizzeria opens in a few months.
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