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Purola's BSP is a family owned and operated local business. Their goal is to serve you homemade food made with the best and freshest ingredients possible. Their focus is on exemplary pizza, but they also have amazing hero sandwiches, pasta dinners, and a fully stocked salad bar.

Our lifelong goal was to purchase our forever home for our pizzeria. We had everything set to accomplish that goal in 2020. We finally find a great deal for a building with lots of space and parking and then COVID hit. As soon as we made our offer with in weeks our Governor from Ohio closed all restaurants. Luckily, we where able to offer carryout still, but we had to lay off most of our team. Our lease was about it so we decided to push back our closing date of our new location and asked our landlord if we could stay until December. We struggled through COVID when everything was shut down but through the grace of GOD we pushed through and partnered with the community and raised $5,000 in a program called the “Giving Tree” in which our customers could par-take in a “Pay it Forward” program. It really caught fire and we made the news. Eventually we where able to bring our entire staff back to work and we stayed relatively busy through the end of the year even though we where down about 10% from the previous year. In September we closed the deal on our new property and on we operated through to December at our old location. Now after 16 ½ years in business we now own our location but are struggling to get open. We had hoped that the profit from last year would be enough to get us open at our new location, but with the struggles through COVID and the loss of sales we find ourselves on the verge of opening but not having enough money to see that come to fruition.