Oxford has an array of pizza restaurants, bringing a variety of tastes and options as well as raising the competition among new and old businesses.
The newest addition is Will’s Pizza, which opened Feb. 8 at 11 W. Church St.
Owners Mark and Will Weisman are not strangers to the restaurant business in Oxford. The pair also owns both 45 East and Brick Street Bar and Restaurant, but they decided to try something new.
“Will’s is a good extension of our other restaurants, adding late night and delivery options,” Mark Weisman said.
Will’s Pizza is open late every night and is even available for delivery until 4 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.
The Weisman brothers wanted to offer something a little different to Miami University students and the Oxford community.
“We invested a lot of time coming up with sauces and spices,” Mark Weisman said.
Will’s Pizza offers a New York-style pizza that the brothers have worked to perfect. Their menu includes a variety of specialty pizzas, like buffalo chicken pizza as well as subs and chicken wings that Mark Weisman said people rave about.
Miami junior Caroline Furlong thinks the brothers made a great choice in opening the new business.
“Will’s seems to offer what a lot of people have been looking for: new and unique options compared to the other pizza places already in Oxford,” Furlong said.
The Weisman’s hope to continue to provide a unique dining experience.
“We’re focusing on offering a lot of value … and also more of a variety and other options,” Mark Weisman said.
Will’s Pizza is offering special deals for each weekday as well as an everyday deal. One of the specials offered is the Two for Tuesday that includes two sandwiches, two bags of chips, two drinks and two covers for 45 East or Brick Street Bar.
“Students are always looking for a good value,” Mark Weisman said. “Our specials are really compelling and a great deal.”
Mark Weisman said weekday promotions allow students to get a deal without keeping track of coupons or changing specials.
Will’s Pizza has also been sold uptown outside of both 45 East and Brick Street until 3 a.m. “Before now, the only option was paying $1.50 for a slice of cheese,” Mark Weisman said. “Selling pizza outside of both restaurants has been wildly popular.”
According to Mark Weisman, uptown consumers can now purchase more types of pizza for $1 per slice.
Oxford Economic Development Director Alan Kyger said selling outside of storefronts is an “iffy thing.” He said because Will’s Pizza is owned by the Weismans, the use of the sidewalk is permitted.
Kyger said the Oxford zoning code states that “commercial activity related to the principle use of the first floor storefront” is allowed.
While the Weisman brothers have just opened Will’s Pizza, they are already considering future possibilities for the restaurant.
“We are looking to add TVs, a sound system and possibly even receiving a liquor license to serve beer and wine with our pizza,” Mark Weisman said.