Dewey’s Pizza coming to Austin Landing

Dewey’s Pizza announced this morning that it will open its second Dayton-area restaurant in the Austin Landing multi-use development in Miami Twp.

The 3,700-square-foot restaurant will seat about 90 and will employ 45, a Dewey’s spokeswoman said.

Dewey’s operates a restaurant at 131 Jasper Street just off Brown Street near the University of Dayton. The Cincinnati-based pizza chain had purchased properties in downtown Centerville to open a restaurant there, but pulled the plug on those plans in December 2013 after multiple regulatory issues arose with the site, including parking, traffic flow and drainage. Earlier plans to build a restaurant on Far Hills Avenue in Kettering were shelved in 2009.

“We’ve worked to bring a second location to the Dayton market for several years,” Chuck Lipp, chief operating officer and partner at Dewey’s Pizza, and a UD graduate, said in a news release. “The Dayton community has been very supportive of our first location near the University of Dayton, and we’re very appreciative.”

Lipp said construction is expected to start in May, and plans call for opening this fall. Employees of the new restaurant will be trained at the UD-area store, he said.

Andrew Papanek, vice president of the Miami Twp. Board of Trustees, said he welcomed Dewey’s Pizza’s decision to locate in Austin Landing. “Dewey’s Pizza is very popular and will be another unique restaurant draw for residents of Miami Township and the greater Dayton community,” Papanek said.

In addition to the UD-area restaurant, Dewey’s operates 16 restaurants in Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland and St. Louis.

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