The Oasis Pizza Palace

Kelsey Gerhardt Staff Writer

September 22, 2013

Oasis Pizza contributes their survival of the hard times due to a local loyal fan base and a family-owned sense of business.

Originally, Walter and Patty Jones opened Oasis Pizza in 1976 as an addition to the adjacent convenience store, which was built in 1959. This business has been run as a family business and continues to provide a quality dining experience to its customers since they opened their doors 37 years ago.

“The reason we’ve survived so long through this is our loyal and dedicated base of customers, some of which have been with us for years. There are generations of people who have patronized the Oasis,” said Oasis manager Lee Jones.

In the 1980s, the Jones family built a second Oasis location in Barbourville but sold the restaurant after five years of operation. Their Harrogate location was also sold in 1997 but the Jones family regained ownership in early 2006.

The restaurant has been keeping up-to-date with technology in the kitchen and dining areas, but their food hasn’t changed. A renovation in the fall of 2006 led them to an addition of a drive-through window which has positively affected retail sales since.

“I was having double-digit increases in sales for three consecutive years until the economy took a turn for the worse and it flat lined. As far as numbers go, we’re maintaining. We’re iconic,” said Jones.

The Oasis is located in Harrogate at 6341 Cumberland Gap Parkway along 25E. The convenience store is open every day at 9:30 a.m. and the restaurant opens at 11 a.m. and closes at 11 p.m. on weeknights and midnight on weekends. Call-in orders can be placed at 423-869-8000.

Reach Kelsey Gerhardt at 606-248-1010 ext. 204, kgerhardt@civitasmedia.com.