88 East Main Street

The one-time NAPA Auto Parts building at 88 E. Main Street will be the site of a new pizza place. 

ASHLAND -- Downtown Main Street will soon feature a new, cutting-edge pizza place. 

Ohio Fire will cook its pizzas in a unique, state-of-the-art fashion using a fire rather than a traditional oven.

Ohio Fire is owned by Brad and Mary Ann Bryan, who also own O'Bryan's Pub. Brad Bryan explained how their pizza cooking method is different than the conventional pizza company.

“An oven is like 200 to 300 degrees; this is 700 degrees and cooks very fast,” Bryan said. "It’s really cooked by fire. 

"I don’t know if it’s the (future) but there are a lot of them out there all of a sudden.”

The one-time NAPA Auto Parts building at 88 E. Main Street will host the restaurant. The establishment itself is 110 years old.

Bryan mentioned their meticulous search for Ohio Fire's domicile. He expressed his pleasure owning a business in the historic building.

“We were looking for another place to do something along the lines of pizza," Bryan said. "We came along this new way to cook pizza using fire ovens. We liked everything about it – it was just a matter of finding the right place.

“It was really the exact type of building we were looking for. It’s got that old feel to it, to we decided that it was a perfect fit for us."

June is the anticipated opening date for downtown Ashland's newest addition. Bryan also revealed other planned menu items as well as the drinks that will be on tap.

"We’re going to put 20 drafts in, and most of those are going to be all from Ohio," Bryan said. “We’ll have an outside patio right next to the park."

Ohio Fire will also carry flatbread subs and specialty salads.

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