1401 11th Ave., has been in business for 30 years.
Photo by Mark Justesen
Q. The new Lumberyard 1505 apartments and
public plaza in Grafton are a beautiful addition to the
village. But Johnís Pizzeria blocks the view of this
beautiful addition to Grafton. Was there ever any
consideration of relocating the business and razing the
Shaffer Development acquired the nearly 5-acre parcel on
Wisconsin Avenue and Beech Street two years ago with
plans to create the three-story Lumberyard 1505, a mix
of retail on the ground level and apartments on the top
three floors. A public plaza was added, complete with
walkways, seating areas and a water feature.
Johnís Pizzeria is not part of the land Shaffer
purchased, but is now essentially surrounded by it on
the south and the east.
Johnís owner Katie Parchim said that when she first
learned of the development, she asked village officials
if her building would interfere with that.
village told me they wanted me to stay,Ē she said.
Parchim added that she is asked almost daily whether she
is keeping the business there. Other than her initial
reaction, she said she has never given leaving a
family-owned pizzeria will celebrate 30 years in
business in September. Parchim said she would like to
add outdoor seating.