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OH Pizza & Brew Replaces Element Pizza

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Columbus is a town that loves its pizza. From the national chains, to the mom and pop shop, to food trucks, pizza remains as one of the most beloved foods. And one of the hardest to get just right.

Luke Edwards believes he has a winning formula though. He’s been working on his dough recipe for years, one that calls for high gluten flour for a light, airy crust with firm chew, and has slaved away to perfect his sauce.

They’re the stars at OH Pizza & Brew, which replaced Element Pizza at 250 North Third Street on April 28th. The space is undergoing major renovations even while open, which includes rebuilding the bar, painting the joint, and adding new light fixtures.

The biggest change guests will notice, however, is with the menu, which will feature pizza, wings, baked subs, local beer, and fair-style desserts. Almost everything will be house-made, and as locally-sourced as possible.

Like the chicken wings, jumbo ones from a local farmer, that are never frozen. These will be tossed in customer’s choice of sauces, which include spicy garlic, garlic parmesan, and barbecue, the only sauce not made in-house as Edwards doesn’t believe he can top Sweet Baby Ray’s.

Pizza offerings run the gamut as well. Diners can, of course, build their own, or they can choose from OH’s eclectic combinations, like the Chicken Coop with creamy ranch, baby spinach, and bacon, or the I-670: pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, green peppers, and red onions.

Pizzas come in 3 sizes – 7 inch, 10 inch, and 14 inch – and cost $4, $7, and $11 respectively, before toppings. Toppings range in price from $0.50 per on the small to $1.45 per on the large. Signature pizzas cost as much as the number of toppings involved.

OH Pizza & Brew also serves hot subs, like the Deluxe, filled with meats and pizza sauce, and the Veggie, finished off with ranch dressing. Subs cost $6.25-$7.50. The chicken wings are served in 5, 10, 20, and 50 count, and cost between $5-$40.

The dessert menu features the best in Deep Fried: Oreos, Snickers, Twix, Reese’s Cup, Banana Bites, and Funnel Cake. Most items cost $4.50. Look for daily $6 and $7 lunch specials as well.

OH Pizza & Brew has rotating taps featuring Ohio beers that change pretty quickly in the lineup. They don’t have a happy hour, per say, but rather a “Tell Rush Hour To Suck It” period from 3pm – 6pm weekdays, where guests can enjoy an always reasonably priced beer and free breadsticks.

Currently, OH Pizza & Brew seats 44, but that number will increase once renovations are completed. The draw of the large window where you can watch the constant bustle from traffic entering and exiting the freeway is one Edwards believes sets this place apart.

“Everyone sells pizza and wings — I want to sell my customers an experience at a great price,” shares Edwards. “I want that reaction before the first bite that says, ‘Oh wow’, this looks great! The goal now is transforming opinions from what people came to expect to the ‘OH Face’.”

OH Pizza & Brew is open Monday-Thursday, 11am – 10pm, Friday, 11am – midnight, and Saturday, 4pm – midnight. These hours may change after the transition is complete, which is when they will also hold an official grand opening.

For more on OH Pizza & Brew, and for a longer look at their menu, check out www.facebook.com/OHpizzaBrew.

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