Six Hundred Downtown, a brick oven pizzeria in downtown Bellefontaine, and its owner, Brittany Saxton, will be featured Sunday, Oct. 29, on the Food Network show Guy’s Grocery Games. The local pizzeria caught the attention of show producers working with celebrity Chef Guy Fieri.
“In a world of hundreds of pizza choices, I am proud to operate a family friendly restaurant with authentic old world pizza styles that our guests love in Bellefontaine, Ohio,” said Saxton, a 29-year-old restaurateur and mother of three who says she loves everything pizza just as much as her children.
“I’ve been in this industry for more than 15 years, mentoring and training under World Pizza Champion Michael Shepherd. He taught me that children are your most honest and important customers. If you listen, they will give you immediate and real feedback which has been one of my secrets to owning a successful restaurant.”
While Saxton credits the ingredients, special recipes and the restaurant’s four brick ovens, another important factor in the restaurant’s success has been its location in historic downtown Bellefontaine.
Downtown Bellefontaine has become a popular destination for foodies and travelers visiting nearby destinations Indian Lake and Mad River Mountain ski resort. Being a short drive from major metro areas like Columbus and Dayton, people are taking the trip to Bellefontaine to see all it has to offers including Brewfontaine, which was recently rated the #1 Craft Beer Bar in Ohio.
“It’s been fun to be in the center of all the good that’s happening Downtown and we love the reaction of people visiting the community for the first time,” said Saxton, who was recently recognized by the Logan County Chamber, earning Young Professional of the Year. She is credited with mentoring and supporting the downtown revitalization movement.
One example of Saxton’s leadership includes partnering with the city of Bellefontaine to expand outdoor seating, which has been a huge hit, allowing guests the option to dine outside.
Saxton will compete against three other dough throwers in a pizza playoff. First, the chefs cook decadent pizzas with high-priced toppings and low-priced cheeses chosen by Guy’s Pizza Wheel. Next, they grab all ingredients with their bare hands to make a guilty pleasure pizza. Then, the final two are forced to make a pie that’s “out of the pizza box” when pizza dough goes out of stock. The episode will air Sunday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m. on the Food Network.
The restaurant will be hosting a viewing party and pre-fix menu the night of the show. Tickets are available for purchase by visiting:
To learn more about Six Hundred Downtown, visit it’s website at www.600downtown.com, Facebook page: www.facebook.com/sixhundreddowntown/
Submitted by Six Hundred Downtown.