Mike and Susan took their first business adventure together in 1979. They bought a little pizzeria in Mike’s hometown, Claremont. Mike never worked in a restaurant while Susan’s first job was working at a Little Caesar’s in Detroit, Michigan. Together they perfected recipes that they still use today like their meatballs, lasagna, eggplant parmigaina, and toppings for their Great Special and Veggie pizzas.

In 1982 they remodeled the tiny restaurant. Sue had to give up her table names of “plant table” and “window table” to organizing the eight tables by number. There are a handful of customers that still remember Watney’s on tap and the mural of Jonhson’s Pasture by Jeff Faust, a local Claremont artist.