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Calzone restaurant plans to open this week on Milwaukee's east side

Calzone restaurant plans to open this week on Milwaukee's east side

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A new calzone restaurant on Milwaukee’s east side is scheduled to open this week.

Mike and Georgina Styke are opening a franchise of D.P. Dough at 1515 E. North Ave. The location was previously an Open Pantry convenience store. The shop will be the chain’s only Wisconsin location.

D.P. Dough serves a menu of mainly calzones, along with chicken wings, tater tots and different flavors of breadsticks. The fast-service restaurant will scale up to also serve salads, Georgina Styke said.

Signature dishes include options like the “Maui Wowi Zone,” which is stuffed with pineapple, ham and mozzarella, and the “Italian Zone,” stuffed with salami, ham, pepperoni, mozzarella, parmesan and ricotta.

Customers can also create their own calzone.

The local franchise of D.P. Dough is at 1515 E. North Ave. on Milwaukee's east side.

The Stykes plan to open the restaurant for a soft launch beginning Wednesday. D.P. Dough offers dine-in, carry-out and delivery service and maintains hours late into the night. The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

The opening of the restaurant, which was expected last year, was delayed by multiple factors, Georgina Styke said, including a brush with reality television. Mike Styke played a role in a proposed television show for HGTV called “My Flippin’ Friends.”

Although the show did not last past the pilot, she said they had to devote their time and resources to preparations in case the program was picked up.

Mike Styke said they are excited to finally open after this “long journey.”

“It really is a great product, and we think Milwaukee is going to love it,” he said.

D.P. Dough uses only part of the former convenience store’s space. The Stykes said they plan to start working with a broker this week to market the remainder, which they aim to fill with a financial services institution. Given the location, parking and restaurant hours, Mike Styke said he thinks a bank or credit union would be a good fit.

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