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By Lou Marzeles

Fabled pizza shop sets new course


Lou Marzeles

NEW OWNERS AT THE OLD HOMETOWN: Left to right, Rick and Di Adams and Norm Dunlop have set a new course for the old Hometown Pizza, now called Pete's Pizza.

For those who decried the passing of Goldendale's original Hometown Pizza to owners who many felt did not maintain standards, Pete's Pizza is here to save the day.

The new business has taken ownership of the former Hometown Pizza building on Collins and say they're going to restore the place to its former glory. And maybe more.

Rick and Di Adams, Norm Dunlop, and Tamylil Melton are the new people in place. The team has a track record of turning around flailing businesses, and Dunlop was a fan favorite chef at the Simcoe Café who substantially increased the draw at that business.

Di Adams says they got the business through a phone call. "Charlie and Jesh Hopper built this place up," she recalls, "and what happened when they sold it was devastating to them because they built something that was really good for Goldendale, and they were very community oriented." The Hoppers sold the business and moved to Idaho, where they now have several thriving stores. After seeing what happened to their old Goldendale location, they helped transfer the reins to the Adamses, Dunlop, and Melton.

"This is something that is going to be also giving back," Adams says. "As far as the community goes, we always try to focus on making sure it is something that can be of quality and affordable with great service."

One wonders if there will be changes in the menu. "Ingredients and quality," Adams answers. It doesn't hurt that the original Hometown owners came back to Goldendale to help train the new owners. "Everything is in the way it was. We have to get the science down, but we are not going to shortchange the quality. Our long-term goal is to make this a place where people can come in, relax, and enjoy the family orientation. We will also have our alcohol license, once it's approved, so we'll have microbrews from the Northwest and some of the wines."

Pete's Pizza will also keep the popular lunch buffet Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The business also sees a busy schedule coming for parties and banquets. But don't look for deliveries just yet until the new owners get things settled.


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