A local restaurant is having a birthday, and offering all of Dayton a gift.
Old Scratch Pizza, 812 S. Patterson Blvd. near downtown Dayton, will celebrate its first anniversary Oct. 18.
>> RELATED: New pizza-and-craft-beer restaurant to open near downtown Dayton (April 2016)
The restaurant owned by Oakwood residents and culinary school sweethearts Eric and Stephanie Soller will give those who text “OSP” to 797979 a free pizza. Customers will be able to redeem their text deal for a free pizza on Oct. 18 only.
Text messages for free pizzas will be sent to those who sign up starting Tuesday, Oct. 17, Eric Soller said.
Those who text the number will receive texts with deals to their mobile devices.
>> RELATED: Your guide to the best Dayton-area pizza
At a media event on Wednesday, Oct. 12, the Sollers say they have reason to celebrate. They say their restaurant and its Neapolitan pizzas have been embraced by the Miami Valley.
>> RELATED: Our first look at Old Scratch Pizza (October 2016)
Pizzas are cooked in wood-fired ovens that reach an interior temperature of 800 to 1,000 degrees, and can cook a Naples-style pizza in two minutes or less.
Old Scratch’s Cones for a Cause program has raised more than $17,000 for local charities like Miami Valley Pit Crew, Clothes That Work and House of Bread.
Old Scratch has also gotten local diners to eat their vegetables. The restaurant located in a former Standard Auto Parts store has sold more than 6,000 heads of roasted cauliflower.