LAKEWOOD, Ohio -- The image of a rising pepperoni pizza is what anyone passing by the Warren Road and Detroit Avenue intersection has been tantalized with in regard to the new Lakewood business going into the former Campbell’s Sweets Factory site.
The soon-to-be-opened joint is Boom’s Pizza, the creation of Spice Hospitality Group chefs Ben Bebenroth and culinary partner Jonathan Bennett.
“After the pandemic and I closed Spice Kitchen + Bar, I had a long time to think about what I wanted to do next,” Bebenroth said.
“Partnering with Jonathan Bennett, we both came to the conclusion that we only wanted to do scalable business models from this point moving forward in our career.”
From there, the concept turned to pizza, with both chefs diving into the science of the pie, which basically revolves around the dough. The result falls somewhere between a Neapolitan and New York-style pizza.
“I don’t think it’s being served anywhere else,” Bebenroth said. “So our moisture level is about 67 percent hydration. We’re baking pretty hot and we’re yielding a thin-crust pizza, but it’s a long ferment, so those dough balls are in the cooler between 48 to 60 hours.
“That breaks down that gluten and gives you a very crispy crust. It’s kind of like the best of both worlds, in my opinion.”
In addition to roughly a dozen specialty pizzas to choose from, Boom’s Pizza will offer appetizers, salads and simple dessert options -- different flavors of Klondike Bars.
“It’s going to be a lot of delivery and carryout,” Bebenroth said. “We’re really ready to play in that circle.
“We’ve got a killer gluten-free crust and an awesome vegan pepperoni pizza that will blow some people’s minds.”
The 2,200-square-foot restaurant boasts 44 seats, along with a service counter and self-serve beverage coolers featuring beer, wine and non-alcoholic options.
Named after Bebenroth’s grandfather, Boom’s Pizza started in earnest as a pop-up service before finding its first home at 14730 Detroit Ave.
“I knew I needed a densely populated location with good disposable income, and Lakewood fits that bill,” Bebenroth said.
“Also, I’ve known Matt Fish for a long time. The idea of starting a scalable brand next door to the flagship Melt location is really powerful in my mind.
“I remember going there when he opened. Now, look at what he’s done with that company. We’re in that same mindset of creating great jobs for great people, and we thought Matt would be a great neighbor to start our business next to.”
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