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.