What's going on at the old Krunchie Pickle?
There are indeed actual plans, Sara. I talked to George Sortino on the phone Thursday and learned the former Krunchie Pickle building at 1012 Cleveland Road in the Sandusky Plaza is being prepped for a new restaurant. The Sortinos and the Scagnetti family of Bellevue (owners of Caesars Crystal Palace) are starting a new brick oven restaurant as a joint venture. Sortino said they've been carefully updating the restaurant to install a real wood-fired brick oven and add an updated dining area. The menu, which is getting close to completion, will feature (among other things) Neapolitan-style pizza. While Sandusky has an abundance of pizza places, none serve Neapolitan pizza. It's known for its fresh and simple ingredients and the depth of flavor brought by the very hot wood-fired oven. The restaurant could be ready to open as early as mid-February.
As a side note, the new restaurant is hiring. If you're looking for a job in food service (cooking, cleaning dishes, serving and such), you can stop by the Cleveland Road location during the day and pick up an application. Sortino said there are folks there every day preparing the new business for opening.