OTTAWA — Dougie John’s Pizza opened a location in Ottawa Tuesday and employees have been so busy keeping up with orders, the business has already run out of ingredients twice this week.
The business officially opened Tuesday at 485 N. Perry St. in the Titan Plaza next to Interim Healthcare and China Wok. Employees at the Ottawa location ran out of cheese and pizza dough at 6 p.m Wednesday and again on Thursday. An employee from the Findlay store delivered ingredients to help replenish the supply, according to Doug Craig, who owns the Ottawa and Findlay businesses.
“We put a message on Facebook Thursday night thanking customers in Ottawa for their patience and letting them know we ran out of ingredients,” Craig said. They had to take the phone off the hook for two hours at a time and shut down online ordering because they were so backed up with orders. He said the business asked for customer’s patience because they have never experienced the sales volume like that before.
Craig, 38, who lives in Findlay with his wife Kelly and son Collin said when he was 16 he worked at Pizza House in Clyde, Ohio, for two years.
“When I was 18 we had to write what our plan for our lives would be and I wrote I would own a pizza shop someday and we would start off small and grow,” Craig said. He opened Dougie John’s Pizza in Findlay in 2017 and said there is not a food on the planet that is more fun.
The business has eight pepperonis in its logo and his goal is to open six other locations in Ohio. He likes to find buildings that were formerly pizza shops because he said they are easy to renovate. The building in Ottawa where Dougie John’s Pizza is now located use to be Clubhouse Pizza.
Dougie John’s Pizza options are 10, 12 and 16 inches with toppings such as pepperoni, sausage, ham, bacon, ground beef, chicken, onion, green pepper, black and green olives, banana peppers, tomatoes, jalapenos, pineapple, spinach and pickles.
“We are known for lower-calorie and -carb options for pizza and make cauliflower crust pizzas and a crustless keto pizza bowl made with crustless pizza, pizza sauce, spinach, mozzarella cheese and your choice of pizza toppings,” Craig said. Another option is a dill pickle pizza with garlic butter, mozzarella and cheddar cheese and dill pickles.
In addition to pizza, other options are wings, garlic cheese bread, salads, flatbreads and sub sandwiches and desserts include cherry and apple fold ups and cinnamon sugar knots.
“What makes us unique is that we make our own ranch dressing and garlic butter and our cheese is high end and we shred our own cheese and don’t skip on toppings,” Craig said.
The business uses a different style deck oven instead of a conveyor oven to cook the pizzas that offers a better cook on the pizza with browned cheese.
Dougie John’s Pizza will eventually offer delivery and currently offers dine in and car side pick up where customers can call ahead to place an order or order online.
The business is closed Mondays and weekly hours are Tuesdays from 3 to 9 p.m.; Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 3 to 9 p.m. and the phone number is 419-615-1337. The website is www.dougiejohns.com and can be found on Facebook at Dougie John’s Pizza-Ottawa.
Reach Jennifer Peryam at 567-242-0362.