Hope Johnson acquired Tents of Grace Cafe in Gnadenhutten on September 8, 2015. In the short time span of just over one and one-half years, she has turned the restaurant into "the place to go."

Johnson, who also owns and operates another business just a few doors down, had watched the restaurant for a number of years as it changed hands and had its ups and downs.

Lee Brown and Lori Davis approached Johnson, who had no prior food service experience when the restaurant was for sale. Johnson said the couple thought that she should buy the restaurant and keep it going. She said the couple kept saying, "You can do this, Hope. You've got to help keep Gnadenhutten alive."

So, Johnson took the reigns of Tents of Grace, updated the menus, and ventured out onto another branch of her life.

The menu at Tents of Grace is filled with nothing but fresh and delicious homemade items. Everything is homemade ... the mac and cheese, the soups, the desserts.

Hope admits that she is not a cook, but she does 'man' the grill when needed. She attributes most of the scrumptious and popular menu items to her main cook.

All items are lovingly prepared. That is why most of her dedicated diners do not mind waiting for their meals to be prepared. And the pies at Tents of Grace are so delicious that many times the dessert is the first item to be ordered.

But if you have a limited amount of time to dine, Tents of Grace also features daily specials that can be prepared and served to your table within minutes.

Currently, you will find wings on Wednesdays, hamburgers on Fridays, and special steak nights have proved to be hugely popular.

Tents of Grace has also become the place to go for class luncheons and group gatherings. Many Newcomerstown alumni classes meet there often for lunch.

The restaurant may also be rented for various private parties and celebrations.

Johnson keeps herself busy and is very active with the community in Gnadenhutten. In addition to operating Tents of Grace, she continues to run The Village Gift Shop, that she has operated for 17 years.

Johnson has combined elements of her gift shop into to the restaurant. The special touches and well-placed items help to give Tents of Grace its comfy, cozy, and homey atmosphere that her diners seem it enjoy as much as the food. And with your check from Tents of Grace, you are eligible for a 10% discount on purchases at The Village Gift Shop.

Don't miss the specials: Mondays, 4-8 p.m. get a 6 oz. hamburger or cheeseburger with fries for $5.95; Wednesdays, 4-8 p.m. it's Wing Night in the dining room; and Daily you can get a large pepperoni and cheese pizza for $8 in the Ice Cream Shop.

Catering is available for your graduation party, business meeting, or any special occasion.

Tents of Grace, 120 N. Walnut Street, Gnadenhutten. 740-254-1082. Open Monday thru Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.