Mandy Tye begins her day at 3 a.m.
The 30-year veteran of the restaurant business goes to the Revitalize Health Bar on West Berry Street to get things ready for the day before heading a couple blocks over to the Rousseau Centre.
There, she gets food prepared for the latest venture owned by her and her husband, Joel Tye – Revitalize Cafeteria.
The cafeteria has been open for just over a week and takes over the space vacated by Comfort Food Cafe, which is now in the basement of Citizens Square.
While the West Berry Street storefront is known for healthier fare such as smoothies, juices and grab-and-go salads, Mandy Tye didn't want the 1 E. Main St. spot to be competition.
Sure, there's a salad bar and hot bar but diners can also get any number of baskets – burgers, chicken fingers, fish and shrimp. The cafeteria will also have a special of the day like grilled cheese and soup or a chicken breast.
With hours of 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, the cafeteria has a wide selection of breakfast options, as well. French toast, pancakes, eggs, hash browns and toast are on the menu but Tye says the biscuits and gravy have been one of the most popular so far.
“It's lots of good home cooking,” she says, adding that many of the dishes are made from her own recipes.
New Salsa Grille nearing completion
If the northeast side of town has been pining for the flavor of Salsa Grille, an opening date is in sight.
The fourth location of the locally owned fast-casual restaurant is slated to open on St. Joe Center Road, near Maplecrest Road, in November.
Salsa Grille opened in 2012 and has locations on Coldwater Road, Falls Drive in Coventry and in George's International Market on Broadway. The restaurant is known for fresh-made salsa, including salsa verde and grilled pineapple and chipotle.
After 21 years in business, Scotty's Brewhouse has unveiled an updated brand identity and new menu.
Scotty's support team, based in Indianapolis, worked for a year to complete the brand revamp.
The updated branding includes a new logo, featuring contemporary barley pillars that represent the company's six core values, a new primary color palette and a clearly defined mission statement.
“This rebranding project was extremely challenging yet also lots of fun,” marketing director says Bruce McClain in a news release.
“The team members involved had attended Ball State, Purdue, Butler or IU, so they have grown up with the Scotty's Brand. This personal connection brought special meaning to the project for all of us.
“We believe this evolution has a more clearly defined look and strategy that illustrates who we are as a company.”
In addition to the branding changes, Scotty's refined its menu and introduced crafted burgers; shareable appetizers and new entrees. The “always favorites” such as dill chips, wings and the Shewman Special Burger are still featured.
New menu items include Bourbon Glazed Baby Back Ribs; Nashville Hot Chicken; Marker's Mark Bourbon BBQ Chicken; Red, White and Blueberry BBQ Burger; and an Asian Sesame Salmon Salad. Scotty's also expanded their lunch menu and added some new items to their appetizers/shareables section, such as White Cheddar Cheese Pints.
Locally, Scotty's can be found at 6282 W. Jefferson Blvd.
• The Big Apple Pizza storefront on North Wells Street is open again after a busy food truck season. The shop, which offers New York-style pies, is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
• Henry's is getting a fresh look. The bar at West Main and Fulton streets has new carpet and flooring, and a new awning will be installed out front.
• Bravas has unveiled its fall menu. The Caramel Apple burger is back, and the Hit Me Gravy One More Swine features braised collards, ham, white gravy and bread and butter pickles. The Yolk's on You burger includes a fried egg, pork belly, pickled jalapenos and avocado crema. Hours for the 3412 Fairfield Ave. spot are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
• West Central Microcreamery has added some savory items to its menu. In addition to locally made hard ice cream, the 725 Union St. shop now has chili and hot dogs. Hours are 3 to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
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