Published: January 23, 2008 10:20 pm Beer sales on tap at pizza eatery
Catlettsburg Giovanni’s receives first liquor license since going moist
By CARRIE KIRSCHNER - The Independent
CATLETTSBURG — What goes better with pizza than beer?
Customers at the Giovanni’s in Catlettsburg will soon be able to enjoy a cold one at the eatery on Louisa Street. The restaurant has received the city’s first liquor license since Catlettsburg and Boyd County became moist last year and plan to start serving beer within the next two weeks.
“We’re excited,” said owner Michael J. Cumpston. “There are a lot of people that like to sit down and eat pizza and have a beer together.
“We’ve been in business 17 years and customers have always asked about it,” he said.
“Wouldn’t it be nice if you could sell beer?” customers would comment, Cumpston said.
“We never thought we’d be able to, but now we can,” he said. “If you’re in business and you care about your customers, and your customers request something, you try to accommodate them.”
Only one customer has been “negative” about the restaurants commencing alcohol sales, but Cumpston said he’s confident he was able to persuade the individual it was a smart business move with a little friendly conversation.
“We don’t think there are too many negatives with having the beer. If people want to go somewhere and watch a ball game and drink a beer, it will just be more convenient for them. We just want to have a nice restaurant and take care of the public,” he said.
Cumpston said the restaurant applied for a beer and liquor license but will only be selling draft and bottled beer. According to Cumpston, he and his employees have all attended state training on serving and selling alcohol.
He said the restaurant expects the move will boost business, providing extra income that will be used to further improve the restaurant. He said plans are in the works to add additional seating and to build a nicer counter for draft sales.
“It’s going to be set up real nice. That is our whole intention (with alcohol sales), to keep improving our building, keep making it better,” Cumpston said.
Giovanni’s moved from its former location in downtown Catlettsburg approximately two years ago, according to Cumpston. He said the business had simply outgrown its longtime home.
Friday, September 21, 2007
Robert “Bob” Cumpston (1934-2007)
Robert “Bob” Cumpston, 73, of Catlettsburg, passed from this life on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007, in King’s Daughters Medical Center with his loving family at his side.
Robert was born in Catlettsburg, Ky., on May 4, 1934, to Charles and Nerva Boyd-Cumpston.
Mr. Cumpston was the owner of the Catlettsburg Giovanni’s and retired from the Ironton Machine Shop, where he worked as a machinist and was head foreman for many years. He was a member of Catlettsburg Elks and bowled on a league at Blue Ribbon Lanes. Robert was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served his country honorably during the Korean War.
He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Elizabeth K. Rusk-Cumpston; a son, Michael J.C. Cumpston (Joyce); two daughters, Dawna Lauhon (Micah) and Dawn Deerfield (Brian), all of Catlettsburg; three grandchildren, Tosha Lee, Austin Deerfield and Kirstie Boyd, all of Catlettsburg; his mother, Nerva Boyd-Cumpston of Catlettsburg; a brother, Jimmy Cumpston of Ashland; and four sisters, Leona Gard and Sue Watson, both of Catlettsburg, Stella Canifax of Ashland and Mary Cole of Michigan.
He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Cumpston, and two sisters, Joann Sugart and Donna Cumpston.
Funeral services to honor his life will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, 2007, at Ratliff Family Funeral Home, 1220 Greenup Ave., Ashland, Ky., with entombment in Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens.
Full military honors will be conducted at the cemetery by Ironton VFW Post 8850.
Rusty West, Scott Bybee, Greg Lee, Jay Boyd, Brian Higginbotham and Micah Lauhon will serve as pallbearers.
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Saturday, June 6, 2009
John Cumpston - 1918-2009
John Russell Cumpston, 90, a lifelong resident of Catlettsburg, passed away Friday morning, June 5, 2009, in King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland.
Mr. Cumpston was born Oct. 18, 1918, in Boyd County, Ky., a son of the late Charles and Octavia Dial Cumpston. His wife of 58 years, Nettie K. Stewart Cumpston, preceded him in 1998. He graduated from Boyd County High School, retired from Armco Steel in 1983 following 41 years at the open hearth furnace and was a member of Steelworkers Local 1865. John enjoyed farming and caring for the wild animals on his farm.
Sadly left behind is an adoring family including two sons, Charlie Cumpston of Boyd County, Ky., and George (Brenda) Cumpston of Phoenix, Ariz.; five daughters, Alma (Mike) O’Neal of Catlettsburg, Ky., Pat (Mark) Mauger of Prince George, Va., Drexel Marie (Harry) Smith of Rush, Ky., Madeline Sue (Herman) Woods of Raceland, Ky., and Kathy Lynn (Tony) Sparks of Catlettsburg; two sisters, Genny Stewart of Flatwoods and Opal Penix of Ashland, Ky; 23 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death are a son, Wade L. Cumpston; four brothers and one sister.
A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Monday, June 8, 2009, at the Neal Funeral Home on Center Street in Catlettsburg. A message of comfort and reassurance will be offered by Pastor Mike Amos, with a message in music given by Pastor Jeff Ferguson. Final rest will follow a committal at Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens in Ashland. Grandsons will serve as casket bearers.
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ELEANOR CUMPSTON MARUSHI (Aug 03, 2001)
ELEANOR CUMPSTON MARUSHI, 91, of Catlettsburg, widow of Andrew Marushi, died Thursday in Boyd County Rehabilitation Center, Ashland. She was a retired cook from Ashland Oil Co. Survivors include three sons, Jack T. Marushi Sr. of Proctorville, Ohio, and Bill Marushi and David Marushi, both of Catlettsburg; one daughter, Nancy Vanhoose of Ashland; and one sister, Maude Damron of Flatwoods. Funeral 11 a.m. Saturday at Kilgore and Collier Funeral Home, Catlettsburg; burial in Catlettsburg Cemetery.
IT IS INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT THE CEMETERY IS ACTUALLY CALLED THE CUMPSTON CEMETERY!
Name Cumpston Cemetery
Place Type Cemetery
Located in Boyd County, Kentucky, United States
Coordinates Lat: 38.4179722, Lon: -82.6595
Nearby Cities Catlettsburg 3.3 mi. E
South Point (Lawrence County, Ohio) 4 mi. E
Ashland 4.3 mi. N
Westwood 4.5 mi. N
Kenova (Wayne County, West Virginia) 4.6 mi. E
Nearby Cemeteries Johnson 1.6 mi. SE
Porter 2.1 mi. S
Rose Hill Burial Park 2.7 mi. N
Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens 2.7 mi. NE
Winslow 2.8 mi. N
William 2.9 mi. NE
Branham 3 mi. SE
Birth: Jul. 1, 1848
Death: May 25, 1920 Ashland
Boyd County Kentucky, USA
Margaret was the daughter of Hiram Compton and Margaret McGranahan. She was the mother of Emma Compton Bagby. Margaret was a dressmaker.
Hiram Compton (1800 - 1874)
Margaret Emert McGranahan Compton (____ - 1879)
Burial: Catlettsburg Cemetery
Catlettsburg Boyd County
Created by: Judy Llamas
Record added: Mar 30, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 35342564
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