papa and granny joes

Whether you are a local or a visitor to the area, you will find delicious, homemade dishes in beautiful downtown Vermilion.

Family-owned Papa Joe’s Pizza was originally opened in 1972 by Ray and Shirley Sterk. As their business grew, they moved across the street where they are currently located at 5590 Liberty Avenue. Papa Joe’s is now owned and operated by Natalie Baumann, one of the Sterk’s six children.

With five of the siblings operating food businesses, it is only natural they help each other out. Natalie’s sister owns Mama Joe’s in Amherst, originally located in Vermilion, and provides Papa Joe’s with their famous Mama pies to sell alongside pizza, subs, homemade soups, chicken paparikash, cabbage rolls and more!

Papa Joe’s is all carryout, and you can call your order ahead at 440-967-7330.  A full menu can be viewed online at  They are open from 10:00 am-9:00 pm weekdays, staying open until 10:00 pm on the weekends. A convenient drive-up window is available.

Just down Liberty Avenue, you will find Granny Joe’s Ice Creamatorium, established in 2006. Of course, Toft’s Ice Cream is served, but this café is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with both dine-in service or carryout available. Natalie states that the most popular dishes (besides ice cream) include their potato pancakes and Lake Erie perch. They are open from 8:00 am-3:00 pm Wednesday through Sunday, closed Mondays and Tuesdays. A full menu is available online at, and you can call for carryout at 440-967-3663

Natalie says that they joined VLFCU because it was convenient for their business. The relationship became more meaningful when she applied for a business loan to buy the Papa Joe’s building. VLFCU is happy to serve local businesses like Papa Joe’s and Granny Joe’s as they support their community’s economy. If you are not already a customer, we hope that you will head down Route 6 soon to enjoy their homemade dishes and the terrific views of Lake Erie just around the corner.   

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