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Retiring restaurant owner learned to treat customers as friends

2013-09-06T00:00:00Z Retiring restaurant owner learned to treat customers as friendsKimberly Cheek-Stanley Times Correspondenrt
September 06, 2013 12:00 am  • 

After 34 years serving up hamburgers in the region, Martha Krop and her husband, Rick, will close Rick’s Grill next month.

The restaurant opened in Hammond in 1979, and moved to its current Griffith location, 1957 W. Glen Park Ave., in 1999. It is known for high-quality burgers and french fries.

“Rick’s is one of the last Mom and Pop restaurants in the area. Customers like the hominess, fresh food and friendly service,” Martha Krop said. “We present a fresh product that is made to order, and our business grew by word of mouth through our customers.”

A 1977 Valparaiso University graduate, Krop had a working knowledge of the restaurant business from an early age. Her father, Allen Schoop, founded Schoop’s Hamburgers in Munster in 1959.

“I worked for my father from the age of 13 to 19. When he died in 1973, I worked for my brother, Mark, who took over the business.”

“My father taught us about hard work and being responsible adults and workers. He taught us to make a quality product and treat your customers as your friends,” she added.

It was this experience that enabled Krop to have the confidence to open her own restaurant.

“I enjoy meeting customers and the flexibility of doing something different every day,” she said. “We would like to thank them for their loyal support and the many friendships that I have formed. Our customers have made 34 years of coming to work very special for us.”

Krop lives in Gary, and enjoys biking, hiking and spending time with her two granddaughters. She serves as an elder at Griffith Lutheran Church.


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