Home Restaurant


 This sign is located at N41 51.603 W80 57.242.

The Home Restaurant was located in the building that now houses Zeppe’s Pizza on The Strip. It operated as The Home Restaurant from 1936 to 1976.


The building on the south side of The Strip had a tea house in it prior to becoming The Home Restaurant, which was opened by Forest and Della Hopes and Addie George. The Hopes had run a restaurant in Geneva prior to relocating their business to The Strip. Anna George, Addie’s mother, was to have been involved in The Home, but she died during their preparations for opening.

1925 Geneva Free Press ad

BeBe George Mullin was just a young girl when her family opened the restaurant. She started working there at the age of 12 and spent her summers on The Strip, living in a cottage behind the restaurant.

During World War II, the restaurant faced shortages of meat, eggs, butter, cheese and other rationed goods. BeBe recalls them using apple butter rather than dairy butter and cutting a deal with a chicken farmer in Pittsburgh to get eggs. They had to drive to Ashtabula to pick up the eggs that were shipped in from the farm.


When Forest and Della decided they no longer wanted to be in the restaurant business, BeBe agreed to buy out their portion of the investment. She was only 19 or 20 years old at the time. Bee would own and run the restaurant for the next 30 years.

The Home specialized in homemade meals, breads and desserts. A chalk board outside the restaurant displayed the day’s entrees.

Many ladies of the community got their first start in the world of work by waiting on tables at The Home. At the other end of the spectrum, senior woman labored over the baked goods and washing dishes.


BeBe and Kent Mullin were the last owners of The Home Restaurant.


BeBe and her husband, Kent, sold the restaurant in 1976. Kent, a real estate appraiser, helped the restaurant as a salad boy and made the toast. The couple that purchased the restaurant planned to have their daughter run it, but the daughter never opened it and the building was vacant for several years. It re-opened as the Flour Box Inn.

BeBe Mullin, in her 90s, lives in Geneva. The video interview was made in February 2015.


Our guests remember:

Pirl Beach

I spent the summer of 1942 in Pirl Beach (at age 16) and worked part time for the manager pulling weeds and such. Also swam every day. My Pittsburgh relatives had reserved a cottage there for many years. My aunt and cousins stayed. My uncle commuted weekly in his Buick. The Pirl Beach manager used a Model T Ford truck for his chores.

Ken Ford

Memories of Ford's

Most of my summer childhood memories are at Ford’s! My parents met there right at the picnic table. We vacationed there every summer along with my grandparents and great aunt and uncle until they passed away. We made amazing friends there that we still vacation with on Putnam Drive!! I could never thank the Payne’s enough for my childhood memories. Playing Indians in the huge back yard, solving make-believe mysteries, playing release and listening to everyone playing penny poker when my sister and I should have been sleeping. I now bring my son to Geneva every summer. He is the 5th generation at Geneva!

Sara Turner Campos

Chestnut Grove

My extended family and I vacationed at Chestnut Grove from 1948-1964. Being from McKeesport, it was a dream come true to go there every summer. I currently live in Michigan but go back occasionally. Not too long ago, I found a post card of some of the cottages where the swings and horseshoe pit were and a local artist is making me a 24×36 painting of it. I can't wait to see it! So many wonderful memories and so few things left as reminders. It is nice to know that others still remember and care.

Michelle Turner ( a Chestnut Grove Kid)


We vacationed every summer at Idle-A-While in the late '50s and early '60s, partially because my aunt was the receptionist there. I often got to ring the bell summoning guests to breakfast, lunch and dinner in the dining room, which was staffed by co-eds from various universities. Evenings were spent playing bingo, fascination and other games on the strip or bridge and poker back at Idle-A-While. Great memories.
John Bloom

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