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Carlton's History

It all began in 1972 with Mr. Carlton Stafford and a small "hole in the wall" pizza shop by the name of Pizza Palace located on Hwy. 31 N. They began serving spaghetti, lasagna, sandwiches and thin crust, heavily topped pizzas. These pizzas would later become Carlton's signature pizza.

In 1990, Mr. Stafford reinvented the Pizza Palace and named it Carlton's. He positioned it in the second story of a building across from Wachovia bank. It was then that he perfected the recipes that the town had already grown to love. Shortly thereafter Carlton's ownership changed hands, as well as locations several times. 

In 1996, it was moved to the Midtown Center behind the Honda Shop, where it grew and thrived in this location for over a decade. Carlton's last and most recent move was in 2007 to its current location in the old landmark building which has housed several occupants, one being Dr. Stewart Veterinary Clinic. In 2009, Dr. Blaylock and his wife, Leslie, took ownership and currently owns and operates the business.

Dr. Blaylock, a retired veterinarian, always imagined owning his own restaurant. With help from his wife, Leslie, and daughters, Lucy Blaylock Gable and Katie Blaylock Lee, the family has worked hard to create a pleasant atmosphere as well as a menu that caters to the long-term patrons and many new ones.

We enjoy meeting new people and strive to ensure your experience with us is exceptional. We have various returning customers and new visitors. Dr. Blaylock and his family thank you for your support and patronage. We look forward to seeing you in the future.

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Historic Aspects in Carlton's

Some of the unique furnishings in the restaurant:
Large Painted Braces - We're located in the original train depot in Cullman. These braces held the exterior grand stand area where citizens would watch trains arrive and depart.
Flooring - Salvaged from a hotel in Florence, AL, where it was originally used for an exterior pool deck.
Ceiling - Originally from a warehouse in Knoxville, TN.
Bathroom Doors - Salvaged from a commercial building in Bloomington, IN (circa 1905).
Side Plaster Iron Columns - From an original facade of commercial building in NYC (circa 1890).
Brick on the Side Patio - From the Sweetwater Mill in Florence, AL (circa 1890).
Doors from Booths - Salvaged from brownstones and residences throughout the Chicago area.
Front Check Out Counter - Pulled from a general store in Connecticut before being demolished.
Swing Kitchen Door - Salvaged from an old restaurant in NYC. It still has original brass push bars and see-through glass window.
Wall Coverings - Varnished pecan from the Cullman Armory Gymnasium floor.
*Carlton's Italian was renovated by Southern Accents located here in Cullman, AL.
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