D.P. Dough shuts its doors
The owners have no plans to relocate elsewhere in Philly
October 3, 2013, 6:26 pm · Updated October 3, 2013, 8:07 pm·
Luke Chen | DP
On Sunday, D.P. Dough Philly served its final batch of calzones.
After four years in business, the 40th and Chestnut streets calzone eatery closed because it was no longer making enough money. Operating partner Mike Nagao cited the dominance of Grubhub as a significant factor in the decline in revenues over the past few years.
“Grubhub is kind of the mainstay, and they take 10 percent of your business — and that’s your profit margin,” he said.
D.P. Dough Philly is part of the larger D.P. Dough chain franchise, which has over 20 locations. While there are no plans to relocate D.P. Dough Philly at this time, Nagao added that he is confident that the franchise will make its way back into Philly at some point. The other locations are remaining open.
Open each night until 3:30 a.m., D.P. Dough Philly was known as a staple for late-night eating.
“[The closing is] horrible because we don’t have too many things on campus where you can go and get things 24/7,” Wharton sophomore Dave Thomas said. “When it’s 2 a.m. and you’re studying you want an actual meal.”
Some students had mixed reviews of the restaurant.
“I liked the calzones and I thought it was a good value,” Wharton senior Jimmy Tully said. He added that while it was a good late-night option, it made sense that D.P. Dough would close since he never chose to go there during the day.
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Customers have been invited to share their memories of the place on D.P. Dough’s Facebook page.
“I’m going to miss all the random drunk kids,” Nagao said. “I feel like I got my college degree in D.P. Dough.”