Irish Wolfhound…Cincinnati, Ohio Photographer
Our first evening in Cincinnati, our daughter and son-in-law took us to Dewey’s Pizza and Graeters Ice Cream! My stomach is growling just reliving this again:) Have you ever had a Dewey’s Pizza? Oh my…just delicious!! I am so jealous we don’t have one down in Florida!! Dewey’s are you listening? The story of how Dewey’s was created is very cute tale. I especially love the part about the Mother joking where her children are located.
The Dewey’s Story In The Founders Own Words…
To understand the real story of Dewey’s pizza, one must first learn a little bit about its founder. That’s me. I graduated from Denison University in 1993 with a B.A. in Spanish. As I had always been very into music, and after playing in bands all through college, I decided to extend my commitment to higher learning by attending a one year guitar school in L.A. called G.I.T (the Guitar Institute of Technology). G.I.T. was actually part of a larger school called the Musicians Institute. My mother joked at the time that she had a son at Harvard Business School, a daughter at Yale, and a son at MIT… all of which was true. Who would have thought that I would look like the smart one 15 years later?
After I graduated from guitar school in the fall of 1994, I decided to move to Seattle. Seattle at the time was an incredible music town, and my girlfriend (who is now my wife) had just enrolled in a Masters program for Nutrition at Bastyr University. After a few years of playing gigs and not having much financial success with the band, I got a job at a local pizza delivery place. I was hooked immediately. I really enjoyed the fast paced environment of a busy kitchen. I worked side by side with many artistic people like myself making great pizza, all while having fun and listening to great music. After about a half year in the kitchen, I began realizing that it might be a fun business to get into. I had a bit of an entrepreneurial streak as a kid so I was very excited about the whole process of creating a restaurant. I began thinking about what I would do differently and how much cooler I wanted my place to be. There were so many great neighborhood restaurants in Seattle that I was able to take inspiration from. So it was late spring of 1997, my girlfriend had just graduated, and we decided to move to my hometown, Cincinnati. I was going to open a pizza restaurant and she was going to get a year of clinical experience as a Registered Dietitian under her belt. I signed a lease for a spot in the heart of, the then gentrifying neighborhood, Oakley. It was actually the same space where many of my close friends growing up took Karate classes. I signed the lease in July of 1997 and we opened on April 11, 1998. Sales started off slowly but word of mouth spread quickly. The rest is history.
So my vision for Dewey’s was to create a neighborhood spot with great micro beers on tap, great pizza and salads, and a group of cool, genuine, like minded people making the food and providing authentic hospitality to our patrons. Of course, great music was absolutely mandatory. The Muzak guy really had no chance. I hope you enjoy it. I certainly have had fun creating it.
Andrew E. DeWitt,Founder
We had an 1/2 hour wait to get into Deweys, so we sat outside in their open Courtyard. As we were waiting, a very funny thing occured. All of a sudden I noticed Nolans eyes getting bigger, he leans forward and a very serious look came over him. I turned around to see what he was looking at…
Daddy…What are THOSE? (Look at how serious he is?)
They are SO BIG and Mommy is touching them! (at this point, I am laughing very hard)
They are Irish Wolfhound Dogs Nolan. Mommy LOVES big dogs!
Isn’t he adorable? They are very kind and gentle. Look at his face!
Their MASTER is calling…look how they all stand to attention immediately!
I did a little research on them, this is what dogbreedinfo.com said:
The Irish Wolfhound is a giant sized dog, one of the tallest breeds in the world, reaching the size of a small pony. The head is long and the skull is not too broad. The muzzle is long and somewhat pointed.
Irish Wolfhounds are sweet-tempered, patient, kind, thoughtful and very intelligent. Excellent and can be trusted with children. Willing and eager to please, they are unconditionally loyal to their owner and family. They tend to greet everyone as a friend, so do not count on them being a watch dog, but may be a deterrent simply due to his size. This giant breed can be clumsy and are slow to mature in both body and mind, taking about two years before they are full grown.
Who knew? Wow…I was just blown away with seeing them for the first time!
Have you ever seen An Irish Wolfhound before? Where?
I hope you have enjoyed today’s post.
Have a great day.
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