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Adam and Paige Odem pose with their new logo on a pizza board.

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FARMERS Opening a pizzeria wasn’t the first plan Paige Odem had as a career path.

She studied criminology at Morehead State University and was a social worker before being presented with a hard-to-pass offer on two local businesses.

Paige and her husband, Adam, are both Bath County residents. Paige says she fell in love with the area while attending MSU.

Adam has previously worked installing satellite television systems and at the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort.

Her family has owned the downtown Club 169 and Frankie’s Plaza for many years. They offered to sell Paige the business while she was working as a social worker in Montgomery County.

“I wanted to give back,” she said.

She felt it hard to turn down the offer and bring the legacy of her family’s business to an end.

Club 169 is geared toward college students with a live DJ on Thursdays. It’s within walking distance of campus and MSU students get in free with their ID card.

Frankie’s Plaza started out rough with no creature comforts but has since been upgraded. It features cornhole tournaments, karaoke and live music on Fridays and Saturdays.

Following the successful operation of those two Morehead businesses, they’re looking to expand into the food service by opening a pizzeria near Cave Run Lake. It will be located in the former Kross Roads Diner.

The 984-square-foot building, largely untouched since it was built in the 1950s, was in dire need of repair.

“You’d walk in the front door to an indoor pool,” Adam explained. “It was literally raining in here.”

In the interest of being self-sufficient, the couple opted to fund the entire venture out of revenue from their other businesses.

They will offer free delivery around the lake, and up to the growing business area along KY 801. Adam says they’ll also offer dock-side drop off for boat goers who want a pizza brought to them.

“Our idea is to have it open by spring,” Adam said.

They’re hoping to compliment and support local businesses by forming partnerships, using local produce and food sources for their pizzas and dishes.

Other Italian-style food will be available, not just pizza.

Paige said they will be using a special pizza sauce that has been handed down in her family for several generations.

The venture is called “Elliott’s Pizzeria,” named in honor of their now eight-month-old son.

Their pizza will be fired in gas-powered authentic stone oven.

They expect to employee up to eight at the restaurant at opening. Expected beginning hours will be 11 a.m. until 10 p.m., seven days a week. However, this is subject to change.

For more information, look up the restaurant’s name on Facebook.

Reach Cory at cclaxon@themoreheadnews.com or by phone at (606) 784-4116.

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