‘We look forward to writing our own chapter here’

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“Baking has always been our love, but we also love pizza,” says Karen.

“This came along, and it was time to take a leap,” Megan added.

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Ha Ha Pizza had been on the market for four to five years, but many people didn’t realize it until Walters put a sign on the building earlier this year.

“The reason no one knew was because I didn’t want anyone to know,” Walters said previously. “I wanted to choose who the buyer was.”

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Walters explained that he wanted someone in the neighborhood to take over, but after feeling like he’d blown that option, he opened it up to everyone.

He told Dayton.com on Wednesday that he chose McDonalds because they had the experience. He also thought they would fit in well with the community. He added that because they are a mother-daughter team, they felt like they would be there for each other for many years to come.

“They have some ideas that they’ve let me know that I think will be good and I can’t wait to see what they do,” Walters said.

Ha Ha Pizza is located at 108 Xenia Avenue in Yellow Springs.

Credit: Natalie Jones

Credit: Natalie Jones

Ha Ha Pizza is located at 108 Xenia Avenue in Yellow Springs.

Credit: Natalie Jones

Credit: Natalie Jones

The McDonalds said they keep everything the same that is already in the restaurant, including the crust, sauce, toppings and salad bar.

Megan noted that they plan to eat special pizzas every week or every other week. Ideas could be a pizza with bacon cheeseburger or a pizza with peaches.

“There’s a lot in the works,” Megan said.

They also plan to bring back subs and slices of pizza, she added.

In addition, Ha Ha Pizza is actively hiring people so that they can extend their opening hours and add DoorDash and delivery. Interested parties can sign up via Facebook or pick up an application at the pizzeria.

The former owner does not go far from the pizzeria. Walters now works next door at Peach’s Grill at the front of the house.

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“It brought me back to what I like to do in the restaurant industry rather than what I need to do,” Walters said.

The new owners said they look forward to continuing the Ha Ha Pizza legacy. They are also very grateful to their employees who have helped them through the transition.

“Yellow Springs is such a great community and they support all of their local restaurants,” Karen said. “We had their support. When we closed (the deal), people came in congratulating us and wanting to meet us. It has been a great experience.”

Ha Ha Pizza is located at 108 Xenia Avenue in Yellow Springs.

Credit: Natalie Jones

Ha Ha Pizza is located at 108 Xenia Avenue in Yellow Springs.

Credit: Natalie Jones

Ha Ha Pizza is located at 108 Xenia Avenue in Yellow Springs.

Credit: Natalie Jones

Credit: Natalie Jones

“I think we’re looking forward to writing our own chapter here,” Megan added.

The McDonalds also stated plans to repaint the dining room and showcase a local artist. They hope to hold a contest soon where artists can submit their artwork, the community will vote for their favorite, and the artist will eventually paint the mural.

Ha Ha Pizza, located at 108 Xenia Avenue in Yellow Springs, is open Wednesday and Thursday from 4-8 PM and Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from noon to 8 PM.

Visit the restaurant’s new Facebook page (@hahapizzays) for the latest information on Ha Ha Pizza.