Meredith and Wes Carter, owners of The Railroad Pizza Company.
Meredith and Wes Carter, owners of The Railroad Pizza Company.
FLORA — Railroad Pizza Company boasts pizzas hand-made every day using local ingredients, a family atmosphere and beer on tap in a prime downtown location here.

An April 2017 tornado derailed the business and left owners Wes and Meredith Carter with uncertainties, but they reopened Oct. 31 and have not look back since.

“We have some people come in here every day. The guy who works on our cars comes in most every day for lunch. Flora has a real strong community and we are glad to be a part of it,” Meredith said.

Wes said his wife had been in the restaurant business for about a decade when they slowly decided to bring fresh made pizza back to Flora.

“It’s hard to explain, but we decided Flora needed a pizza place and we started talking about it and that led to praying about it and by the time it felt like what we were supposed to do, doors started opening,” Wes said.

The Carters said they wanted to create an atmosphere like a comfortable living room. They achieved this with wooden fixtures and decorations and plopping a big leather sofa to the right of the doorway. They also brought cold beer on tap to town.

“We gave them beer on tap,” Meredith said with a smile.

Wes added, “We are a family restaurant, but there just wasn’t a place in town to drink a beer and watch the game.”

The Railroad Pizza Company features an outstanding menu that includes pizza, salads, sandwiches and sides. Their eggs and greens are locally sourced, their T-shirts are printed down the street, and Wes said his company accounts are with the bank across the street.

While pizza is what brings customers in — they sling between 120 and 150 on the weekends — the Carters take pride in their dense, crispy fried cheese sticks served “Russian roulette” with half pepper jack cheese and half mozzarella. Meredith also whips up a batch of her special chicken salad recipe daily for sandwiches.

They seat 70 people with plans to double that in the near future.

The Railroad Pizza Company at 4834 East Main Street is open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. They can be contacted at 601-879-7700.