If you ask Tim Dawson what the most important part of owning his own business is, he’ll tell you the dough.
No, he isn’t talking about money but literally, the dough.
Dawson, owner of the newly opened Pioneer Pizza in Plain City, spent two years working on his pizza dough recipe before he opened his first restaurant.
“I mixed dough for two years in my basement before I even started because I wanted a specific taste and a specific flavor,” said Dawson.
Once he perfected the recipe and fine-tuned other details, Dawson opened his flagship restaurant in Marysville, Monarch Pizza. Seven years later he opened his second location, Wildcat Pizza, in Richwood.
On Tuesday he opened his doors to his newest location, with some help from his family.
“This is a complete and total family business,” according to Dawson. His two sons, Miles and Drew, each run a location. His sister, Sandy, makes all the thin crust dough. His 16-year-old daughter helped him get the newest location in Plain City off the ground.
The new location, at 209 W. Bigelow Ave. in Plain City, is named after the Jonathon Alder mascot.
That is one way Dawson hopes to help the community he is in.
“I want the teams to come in and see their posters on the walls,” said Dawson. “What sets us apart (from other pizza restaurants) is our involvement in the school, sports and churches.”
Dawson indicated that he hopes to help by providing pizzas, at cost, to local youth groups and running pizza nights for local schools, where a percentage of each check benefits a school.
“We want to be a part of each community, not just another chain,” Dawson said.
Reach Erin Thompson at 740-852-1616, ext. 1615.