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Calzone restaurant opens near campus

Ohio State students have a new place to satisfy their late-night cravings.

 

D.P. Dough, a specialty calzone restaurant, opened at 1259 N. High St. just inside the Short North district, Sept. 15. It is one of three D.P. Dough locations in Ohio. The other two are in Athens at Ohio University and in Oxford at Miami University.

 

D.P. Dough markets itself as a “pizza alternative” and has 45 different calzones.

 

“Pretty much any kind of food item you want, we could put in there,” said Everett Schneider, manager of the OSU D.P. Dough location.

 

Schneider also owns a location in Morgantown, W.Va., by West Virginia University. He said he chose to open a location in Ohio after talking to a friend who owns the D.P. Dough restaurant in Athens.

 

“There is a really good market in Ohio,” Schneider said. “It seemed like a prime place to go.”

 

Schneider also said he heard the students in Ohio are friendly and fun to work with.

 

Schneider said his customers are about 70 percent students and 30 percent Ohio University graduates who live in Columbus and are familiar with D.P. Dough from Athens.

 

The biggest difference between Schneider’s locations in Morgantown and Columbus is that in Columbus his business is mostly delivery. At his Morgantown location, D.P. Dough is located closer to the bars and gets more foot traffic.

 

Mary Reft, a junior in civil engineering, heard about D.P. Dough from a friend. She said she enjoys D.P. Dough because of the variety on the menu and the super-fast delivery.

 

Leigha Wilson and Kelsey McRae, both sophomores, ordered D.P. Dough for the first time before the football game Saturday.

 

“It was well-made, it wasn’t burnt, it wasn’t overstuffed, and it had a good amount of ingredients in it,” Wilson said.

 

“It was a little spicy, but I like that,” McRae said.

 

According to the D.P. Dough Web site, the first D.P. Dough restaurant was opened in 1987 in Amherst, Mass., by mother-and-son duo Penny and Dan Haley. D.P. Dough now has restaurants in 12 states.

 

D.P. Dough is open 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday, 4 p.m. to 3 a.m. Monday through Wednesday, and 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. The phone number is (614) 294-0440.

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