Almost twenty years ago, Audrey Gump’s husband, Rick, came home and asked his wife how she felt about opening a pizza restaurant. The result was Grafton Hometown Pizza.
The Gumps rarely even made pizza at home, but with the help of Rick’s brother Tim and sister-in-law Melissa, they found a recipe that keeps customers coming back.
“We have a lot of repeat customers. The bar is open all day, so we get a variety of people coming in throughout the day. We make our own dough, make our own sauce, do everything in house,” said owner Audrey Gump.
The restaurant offers an all-you-can-eat salad and pizza bar every day, as well as sandwiches and specialty pizzas. The most popular menu item is their 16 inch square “Big Momma” one-topping pizza, which is offered for ten dollars through dine-in or pickup and $15 for delivery.
“We have really good prices on our pizzas, so that’s what brings them in. You know, you can feed a family of four for less than ten dollars. The buffet with your drink is $8.55,” said Audrey Gump.
The combination of great food and low prices has created a loyal following. Some customers have been returning since the very beginning.
“We were here the first day they opened, which is 19, some odd years ago, and we’re here every week. Every Monday we’re here because Audrey fixes the pizzas the best,” said regular customer Russ Knicely.
Knicely and his wife come to the restaurant regularly and the owners know their usual order.
Grafton Hometown Pizza is located at 214 Lincoln Street in Grafton.