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A. Patachou Inc. restaurants have always been fearlessly ahead of trend, even after 28 years of being in business. We are credited with bringing “farm to table” to Indiana some 20 years before the phrase entered the foodie vernacular. Some 28 years later, we are still committed to serving the highest-quality food we can make with ingredients sourced from our area farmers and producers. Equally as important, we’ve built relationships with our customers and with our staff, many of whom have been Patachou lifers. It all boils down to quality of product, level of service, and commitment to place.
A. Each new Patachou concept, whether Napolese, Petite Chou, Public Greens, or our newest creations of Bar One Fourteen and Crispy Bird, share the same overarching commitment to quality of product, level of service, and attention to detail as our existing brands. Patachou Inc. is an ever-evolving company but one that knows its core values and intentionally does not drift from those.
A. From the ‘mother brand,’ there’s nothing I don’t love. My most favorite lunch is a half tuna sandwich on whole-wheat toast with extra mayo and a cup of soup. It’s just delightful. And any time I can get an omelet with cinnamon toast, I’m there.
A. We love attending the Broad Ripple Art Fair, the Indianapolis 500, and Pacers home games. We attended Agrarian’s Tour de Coop (bike tour of the city’s private chicken coops) for the first time this year and plan to repeat it next year. Crown Hill Cemetery’s Halloween-themed walking tours are pretty great, too and, of course, they just come around once a year.
A. Yes, actually several! We love and regularly use the Monon Trail, especially as it winds through Broad Ripple and the Indianapolis Art Center, 100 Acres at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA at Newfields), and the hiking trails at Eagle Creek Park.
A. The IMA. I always feel better after an afternoon of wandering the exhibit spaces and grounds. One of my daughters was married in the Allee and we celebrated in Alfredo Jaar’s Park of the Laments (pictured), so there is a special family connection to the museum, too.
A. We are former Broad Ripple and Meridian-Kessler residents and still live very close by, so we tend to start there with breakfast at Patachou and dinner at Petite Chou. Beyond meals, we love daytime entertaining and take visitors to the IMA and its 100 Acres Art and Nature Park. If our guests have young ones, we recommend the Children’s Museum or the Indianapolis Zoo. And, we often visit Columbus, Indiana, for the many architectural delights, including the Miller House and Garden.
A. We love Dance Kaleidoscope and try to support as often as possible.
A. What we call a teeny tini (small martini, vodka with a twist preferably made by Latham), onion soup and fresh fish of the day with too much fresh-baked bread with lots of butter at Petite Chou – for realz.
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