Twice a week, six or eight cream pies are baked, along with pound, banana-split and other types of cakes.
Hometown Restaurant sells its rolls and baked goods for takeout. For the holidays, Fox estimates, the eatery may bake 50 pumpkin pies. Cream pies sell for $6.99, and the No. 1-selling cake, Chocolate Sour Cream, costs $15.
In the town of 653 residents, Fox and her longtime staff have catered many weddings, family reunions, anniversary and shower parties. Her cook, Mary Gore, started with Fox nearly three decades ago. Her daughter-in-law, Pam Fox, cooks and waits tables and grandson Jacob Fox is waiter.
Her best customer has to be artist Pete Ballard, who lives nearby and eats every meal there. "He's a real asset to Peterstown," said Fox.
Ballard takes visiting guests to Hometown Restaurant and two years ago gave himself an after-hours 80th birthday party there. He likes their banana bread so much (ordering 28 loaves each year as Christmas gifts) that he requested loaves as placeholders for his party.
In good weather, Fox said customers drive from Hinton, Beckley, Union, Princeton and Lewisburg to dine at Hometown.
Ballard grumbled, "During the State Fair, there are so many people stopping en route to Lewisburg, you practically have to make reservations."
Hometown Restaurant, 141 Market St., Peterstown; call 304-753-4788.
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