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  • Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette 07 Pub on Broadway is now open for business.

  • Courtesy Last weekend, Ivy Tech Community College Northeast debuted its new food truck, the Grasshopper.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017 1:00 am

After year in making, 07 Pub now open

Kimberly Dupps Truesdell | The Journal Gazette

Saturday night was as near perfect as Marcus Spillson could have imagined it.

The under-the-radar opening of his 07 Pub at 3516 Broadway, near Bluffton Road, wasn't just about serving up pizza, beer and cocktails for the 1999 Bishop Luers graduate. It was about the outpouring of love and support for his venture.

He didn't share that on the social media channels for the pub, as is often the case these days, but with his friends and family on his personal Facebook page.

Getting to that point has been more than a year in the making.

The building, which used to be home to Tubby's, was built in 1924, and Spillson had to update the kitchen, exhaust system, electrical and plumbing.

But even still, he always had a vision for it, knowing it would be a great neighborhood pub one day.

“When I was looking at it, in the (46807 ZIP code), there aren't a lot of commercial buildings, and it had a liquor license,” he told me in a conversation in April.

The 07 Pub will serve traditional pub fare such as pizza, wings and flatbreads. But as crew members get their bearings, Spillson's dad, who has more than 40 years of restaurant experience, will come in to create special weekend menus.

There are also 14 beers on tap, and the pub has a full three-way liquor license with carry-out.

For now, hours are 3 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 3 p.m. to late night Friday and Saturday. Spillson hopes to open on Sundays down the road, as well as serve lunch Friday through Sunday.

Ivy Tech truck

The term “grasshopper” might be used for someone who is a novice but the hospitality crew at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast is embracing it.

The name, which was submitted in a contest by Myra Sells, a health care specialist student, is for the college's latest culinary venture – a food truck. The truck debuted at an event last weekend at Two EE's Winery near Huntington.

Because the Grasshopper will be run as a lab for students in Ivy Tech Northeast's catering class, each outing will provide a different menu, though there will be staples that allow students to add their own touches to the food items: The menu will always have a burger, a bratwurst and a bacon-lettuce-tomato sandwich made with a pound of bacon.

The truck will likely offer a tray with cured meats and imported cheeses. The truck will also offer three different kinds of bread: naan, lavash (which is a crispy cracker and will serve as a break-apart-and-eat plate for the meat and cheese tray) and pretzel rolls.

The food truck is scheduled to serve at 16 events at Two-EE's Winery this summer. To learn when the food truck will be set up, go to the Kelty's Kafé & More Facebook group, at bit.ly/IvyFood.

Distillery honor

Three Rivers Distilling Co. won its first Gold Medal for its Three Rivers Early Bourbon at the Heartland Whiskey Competition in Chicago last month.

The bourbon was the highest-scoring whiskey of all entries from Indiana and was named best in state. Its 122 Unaged Corn Whiskey, named in honor of the local Air National Guard base where the owners met and served together, also took home a bronze medal at the competition.

The awards were announced at the Heartland Spirits Festival at the Concord Music Hall in Chicago on May 20. The Heartland Spirits Festival describes itself on its website as “a new kind of festival designed to celebrate a new kind of spirit. It's a celebration of food and drink that's been grown, distilled, created, and served up in the heartland.”

The competition included distilleries from 10 Midwestern states and focused on whiskeys produced using Midwestern-grown grain. The competition was sanctioned by the American Craft Spirits Association.

Chappell update

After deadline for last week's column, I had the chance to chat with Gary Chappell about the re-opening of his seafood restaurant in Covington Plaza.

Chappell's Steaks and Seafood, 6828 W. Jefferson Blvd., is now serving dinner after the restaurant underwent an extensive remodeling project that included a new kitchen, entryway and fireplace.

While Chappell had also hoped to be open for lunch at this time, one of the cornerstones of the project – a salad bar – was not ready for installation. So while the bar gets a stone countertop put on, he decided it would be best for business to get dinner service going.

Around town

• Construction began this week for a patio at Tolon, 614 S. Harrison St.

• A remodeling project is underway at the Burger King at 2511 Spy Run Ave. While the building work is being done, the drive-thru is open.

The Dish features restaurant news and food events and appears Wednesdays. Fax news items to 461-8893, email kdupps@jg.net or call 461-8304.