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Couple sells neighborhood pizzeria
The owners of a long-time neighborhood pizza and delivery joint in Grand Rapids have sold it to another family.
Mike Raymond, co-owner of Grand Rapids Pizza & Delivery, or GRPD — which he opened with his wife Paula Raymond in 2004 in Grand Rapids’ Heritage Hill neighborhood, at 340 State St. SE — said last week in a Facebook video the pair sold the business to the Provenzano family.
“We would just like to say, from Paula and I and the entire Raymond family who have been at GRPD for the past 14 years … we sure are humbled and appreciate all your business over the years,” Mike Raymond said.
He noted his family is retaining the GRPD name, but for now, he will focus on other goals besides running a restaurant.
Effective last Wednesday, the new owners re-named the restaurant Heritage Hill Pizza.
The father-and-son team of Joe Provenzano and Salvatore Provenzano will run Heritage Hill Pizza.
Joe Provenzano said he has worked in the food industry alongside his family all his life, including in Sicily and the U.S.
Previously, he owned Sara’s Pizza in Jenison before selling it to the DiLeonardo family, who converted it to a Peppino’s location. He also owned and sold Joe’s Pizza in Plainwell.
He and his son wanted to purchase GRPD to keep a strong restaurant going.
“I wanted to keep it with the community restaurant feel,” he said.
The Provenzanos have kept some of the previous menu offerings from GRPD and added various items, such as lasagna, manicotti, cheese ravioli, fresh submarine buns and their own family sauce recipe.
Heritage Hill Pizza, which is staying in the GRPD location, offers dine-in, takeout and delivery service.
Its hours are from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-midnight Thursday-Friday, 4 p.m.-midnight Saturday and 4-11 p.m. Sunday.