A local pizza shop serving up more than just pies celebrates 17 years of success

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GRAFTON—Locally owned and operated by brothers, Tim and Rick Gump, along with their wives Melissa and Audrey Gump, Grafton Hometown Pizza, is proudly celebrating 17 years of business, this month.

The family oriented business, which was a collective idea of the four as a way to provide quality products to the community, at a reasonable price, and also to create job opportunities in the area, held its grand opening in July 2000.

The perfect gathering spot for hungry teenagers after enjoying a Bearcat football game, and a great atmosphere for families to have a delicious dinner, the business has worked to continuing growing, with the support of the community.

Co-owner, Audrey Gump, revealed that throughout the years the support from the community has been overwhelming, and remains consistent, despite new restaurants in the area.

When asked what she believes sets Hometown Pizza apart from similar restaurants, she shared that she really thinks it is the hometown feel that they offer, along with offering a pizza and salad bar.

“We have always strived to provide consistency to our customers, and make them feel right at home as soon as they walk into the door,” explained A. Gump. “We have a great set of employees too, and I think that has played a big role in our success.”

Hometown Pizza also offers a very well known big momma pizza, which is perfect for parties or any get together. Gump said that because they are independently owned and operated, they have the ability to make just about any special request. From using pepperoni to form a Mickey Mouse on each slice of pizza, to putting together a completely new pizza creation, they have that flexibility.

“It isn’t always easy to use pepperoni to spell out happy birthday on a pizza, but we do the best we can to accommodate any special requests,” she added. “Our goal has always been to provide pizza with a special personalized touch.”

The owners also want the community to know that they offer more than just pizza. The establishment has a rather large menu, boasting everything from hoagies and wings, to bread bowl salads and onion rings. The all you can eat pizza bar is available every day from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Not wanting to go out to eat? That’s okay, Hometown also provides a local delivery service, as well as carryout, so customers have the option of having the “night off” from cooking, but can still enjoy a quality dinner at home.

Unlike some other restaurants, the products served at Hometown are all 100 percent homemade; this even includes the crafts in their recently added craft shop.

“ We added the craft section about three years ago, just as something else to provide for the community,” informed A. Gump. “We can also make custom crafts, and are still able to offer them at a reasonable price.”

With 17 years of successful business in the books, the owners are hoping to continue to grow and expand over the next 17 years, although A. Gump joked that she hopes to be retired in 17 years. She shared that they have several new menu items in the works, to be introduced soon.

So whether you are looking to feed a party for a reasonable price, or to have a nice family dinner, Hometown Pizza has what you’re looking for.

For daily specials, or to place an order for delivery or carryout, give Hometown a call at 304-265-4000.

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