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Radio host, pizzeria owner team up at Junkyard Dogs

Even if Columbus isn’t a Midwest hot-dog city like Toledo, Detroit and Chicago, there are plenty of opportunities to buy a hot link in central Ohio.

Junkyard Dogs is the latest restaurant that serves a better dog, one constructed with premium ingredients and layers of flavor.

Jerry Elliot, a radio host from WLVQ (96.3 FM), and Ed Bisconti, owner of three Borgata Pizza Cafés, have combined forces at the restaurant, 2245 W. Dublin-Granville Road, in the Linworth Crossing shopping center.

Elliot has had the idea since 1990, when he came to Columbus to work for QFM 96 after a stand-up comedy jag in Chicago.

“Columbus, I knew, was loaded with pizza and wing joints but when I got here nobody was doing hot dogs,” he said.

Bisconti, meanwhile, had the same ambition.

Their ideas came together one evening in 2017, when Elliot and his wife, Melissa Marsh, the former meteorologist for Channel 10 (WBNS-TV), were dining at the Linworth Borgata.

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