IU Food and Beverage Tour

United States map with pins for each IU alumni-owned restaurant or bar location. Illustration courtesy of Brittany Olson.

Ever wondered if the city you’re visiting has an IU alumni-owned restaurant or bar? Alums from coast to coast—many of whom were inspired to open their businesses while studying at IU—are hard at work serving their communities.

So, the next time you’re in Westfield, Ind., swing by Urban Vines for a Hoosier Pilsner. Headed west? Grab a slice of Hoosier Pie at Crêpe Bar in Tempe, Ariz. And who knows, maybe you’ll run into “The Bachelor,” Ben Higgins, BS’12, at Generous Coffee in Denver or Murder By Death’s Adam Turla, ’03, and Sarah Balliet, ’04, at Pizza LUPO in Louisville.

Keep reading for our running list of alumni establishments.

Andrew Thomas and his wife, Devin, also own Bear’s Place in Bloomington, Ind. Photo courtesy of Andrew Thomas.

816 Pint & Slice

816 S. Calhoun St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Owners: Andrew Thomas, BS’93, and Devin Thomas, BA’06

Zach Lucchese attended IU for a year before transferring to culinary school in Chicago. He’s now the executive chef at Bacon Hill. Photo courtesy of Bacon Hill Kitchen & Pub.

Bacon Hill Kitchen & Pub

4000 E. Bristol St. #8
Elkhart, IN 46514

Owners: Brittany Marlow, BA’97, and Zach Lucchese, ’07

Do you have any IU-related décor?
ZL: My parents are originally from Elkhart, Ind., and they both graduated from IU in 1983. We have an [IU Bloomington] men’s basketball championship banner hanging in our bar from when they were in Bloomington. [It] lists four of the championships. This was before IU won their fifth in 1987.

Do you have any IU-related food/drinks?
ZL: We do carry beer from Upland Brewing Company in Bloomington.

What do you recommend people order when they visit your establishment?
ZL: Can’t go wrong with any of our BBQ or burgers.

Have any famous alums visited your establishment? Any memories or stories you want to share?
ZL: The Main Squeeze [has visited]. They’re a touring jam band who have opened up for Umphrey’s McGee, The Roots, Jane’s Addiction, and more. The lead singer, Corey Frye, and other members of the band have come in and played acoustic sets.

Blackerby’s Hangar 5, located in the main terminal at Columbus Municipal Airport, offers patrons the chance to watch planes land while dining. Photo courtesy of Caleb Blackerby.

Blackerby’s Hangar 5

4770 Ray Boll Blvd. Suite 3
Columbus, IN 47203

Owner: Caleb Blackerby, ’14

Ed Ryan co-owns all the Big Woods locations with Jeff McCabe and Tim O’Bryan. Photo courtesy of Big Woods.

Big Woods

7 Indiana locations

Owner: Ed Ryan, BS’86

What do you recommend people order when they visit a Big Woods location?
ER: Our Hoosier Red beer and, naturally, the world-famous nachos.

Are you an IU alum living in the Jacksonville, Fla., area? You’ll often find fellow IU fans at Brewz on game days. Photo courtesy of Brian Slucker.


3 Florida locations

Owner: Brian Slucker, BGS’01

Do you have any IU-related drinks?
BS: There are no drinks that are IU related, but we do buy a bunch of beer from Upland in Bloomington.

Have any famous alums visited your bars?
BS: The only famous alum that I know of is Jammie Kirlew, BS’09—a former IU football player.

Cafe Patachou—known for their cinnamon toast—celebrated 30 years of business in 2019. Photo courtesy of Martha Hoover.

Cafe Patachou

5 Indiana locations


3 Indiana locations

Bar One Fourteen

114 E. 49th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46205

Petite Chou Bistro and Champagne Bar

823 E. Westfield Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN 46220

Public Greens

3 Indiana locations

Owner: Martha Hoover, BA’77, JD’80

What do you recommend people order when they visit your establishments?
MH: You can’t [go wrong] with cinnamon toast and our namesake omelet at Cafe Patachou, the Hamaker’s pie at Napolese, duck fat pommes frites and onion soup gratinee at Petite Chou Bistro, a refreshing grain bowl and cinnamon bomb at Public Greens, or the Fancy AF burger at Bar One Fourteen.

Clutch Burger is known for their “Shut the Clutch Up” burger challenge. Those who attempt the challenge have to eat six Wagyu beef patties covered in cheese, two onion rings, a brioche bun, a pound of steak fries, and a milkshake. Amateurs get 15 minutes to complete the challenge, while the pros are only allotted 10. Winners of the challenge get a free Clutch burger every month for a year. Photo courtesy of Steve Bradley.

Clutch Burger

146 Giralda Ave.
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Owner: Steve Bradley, BS’07

Jeff Kraus competed on season 38 of the Food Network’s “Chopped.” Photo courtesy of Jeff Kraus.

Crêpe Bar

7520 S. Rural Road
Tempe, AZ 85283

Owner: Jeff Kraus, BGS’05

Did your time at IU influence your decision to have your own business?
JK: The main influence came from being a regular at Nick’s, Dagwood’s, Kilroy’s, and Mother Bears Pizza. These restaurants offered something for everyone. The food was good and affordable. The atmosphere was lively and diverse.

Do you have any IU-related food/drinks?
JK: Yes, the Hoosier Pie. The base is a buttery pie crust, and the filling is a custard.

What do you recommend people order when they visit?
JK: If they are food enthusiasts and adventurous, then the Grand Prix is a must. It’s a coffee crêpe with crispy pork belly, an over easy egg, and espresso maple syrup. If they’re looking for more of a classic, then [I recommend] the Papa K. It’s a crêpe filled with locally raised ham, soft scrambled eggs, roasted mushrooms, and mixed farm greens. [I also recommend] the First Time, which is filled with Nutella, brûléed banana, banana chips, and Nutella crumble.

Lee Ann Frahm Izzo runs Dobbs Ferry alongside her husband, Steven Izzo. Photo courtesy of Lee Ann Frahm Izzo.

Dobbs Ferry

409 Gough St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

Dobbs Sports Bar

406 Hayes St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

Owner: Lee Ann Frahm Izzo, BS’02

Adam Aasen also serves as a city council member in Carmel, Ind. Photo courtesy of Adam Aasen.

Donatello’s Italian Restaurant

9 W. Main St.
Carmel, IN 46032

Owner: Adam Aasen, BAJ’06

Did anything about your time at IU influence your decision to have your own business?
AA: I was editor-in-chief of the Indiana Daily Student in the fall of 2005 and running a large operation like that has definitely helped me when it comes to hiring people, managing staff, making quick decisions, and meeting deadlines.

Do you have any IU-related food/drinks/novelties? 
AA: No, but I have made some red potato and gorgonzola cheese pizzas for customers upon request— bringing back memories of a certain pizza they would order in Bloomington.

What do you recommend people order when they visit your establishment?
AA: Tortellini Michelangelo—cheese-filled tortellini with a blush cream sauce with onion, bacon, and mushroom.

Have any famous alums visited your establishment? Any memories or stories you want to share?
AA: Quinn Buckner, Steve Green, Tom Abernathy. The one I’ve gotten to know best is Bobby “Slick” Leonard. He loves our meatballs.

Ben Higgins starred on the 20th season of ABC’s “The Bachelor.” Photo courtesy of Ben Higgins.

Generous Coffee

701 12th St.
Golden, CO 80401
(inside Tributary Food Hall & Drinkery)

525 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
(inside Wayfinder Denver)

Owner: Ben Higgins, BS’12

Can customers ever expect to see you sipping a cup of coffee at Generous?
BH: I was just in there this morning! When I’m in Denver, I will definitely be going into our shops.

Did anything about your time at IU influence your decision to have your own business?
BH: It gave me the confidence to at least try. I saw so many people from IU pursuing dreams and discussing solutions to world problems that could come in the form of business or philanthropy or both. IU has had a massive impact on my life.

What do you recommend people order when they visit?
BH: Our Honduran Latte and Haitian Latte are two tremendous drinks. They taste good, and a percentage of the sale goes toward injustice projects in both countries.

Zagat named Gomez BBQ one of the “Hottest Indianapolis Restaurants” in 2017. Photo courtesy of Michael Gomez.

Gomez BBQ

222 E. Market St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(inside the Indianapolis City Market)

Owner: Michael Gomez, BA’07

Jason Tapp (right) runs Greek’s Pizzeria & Tapp Room with co-owner Michael Harvey (left). Photo courtesy of Erin Feldmeyer.

Greek’s Pizzeria & Tapp Room

2 Indiana locations

Owner: Jason Tapp, BS’01

What do you recommend people order when they visit?
JT: Our biggest seller is our Greek’s Special—a loaded supreme pizza.

Have any famous alums visited Greek’s?
JT: I suppose my claim to fame is when [Vice President] Mike Pence, JD’86, made a campaign stop at my Franklin store during his vice presidential run with President Trump.

Guardian Brewing Company is housed in a 100-year-old barn on 27 acres of land. Pictured are Kim Collins (left) and Kate Bishop (right). Photo courtesy of Misty Marcus.

Guardian Brewing Company

3657 63rd St.
Saugatuck, MI 49453

Owners: Kimberly Collins, BS’03, MS’08, and Kate Bishop, PhD’12

Do you have any IU-related décor at Guardian Brewing?
K&K: Our IU degrees hang in our brewery. Reminders of Kim’s time with the IU women’s rugby club are found around the brewery as well.

Do you have any IU-related drinks?
K&K: Not yet, but an IU-themed beer is in the works!

What do you recommend people order when they visit?
K&K: We highly recommend the beer cheese, as it’s the best in west Michigan. Our most popular beers are Gator Bait Golden Ale and Ness Imperial IPA.

Heritage Candy has been open since 1973. Photo courtesy of Greg Percifield.

Heritage Candy Store

41 S. Van Buren St.
Nashville, IN 47448

Owner: Greg Percifield, BS’76

Nick Detrich’s third New Orleans bar, Everywhen, is slated to open in 2020. Photo courtesy of Denny Culbert.

Jewel of the South

1026 St. Louis St.
New Orleans, LA 70112


508 Dumaine St.
New Orleans, LA 70116

Owner: Nick Detrich ‘07

Do you have a fun story from your bartending years in Bloomington you can share?
ND: My first time behind the bar was at Bullwinkle’s (a now-shuttered gay bar). I remember asking the other bartender how to make a different drink every five minutes, “What’s in a Kamikaze? What’s in a Washington Apple? What’s in a Sex on the Beach?” He finally just told me how to make a Redheaded Slut and instructed me to reply to guests at the bar: “I don’t know how to make that, how about a Redheaded Slut?” Since I’ve got red hair, it went over well.

1 ounce Jägermeister
1 ounce peach schnapps
2 ounces cranberry juice
Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake for roughly 10 seconds. Strain into a glass.

Do you have any IU-related drinks?
ND: I’ve made a drink that I’ve called a “Cream and Crimson.”

2 ounces London Dry Gin
.75 ounces lemon juice
.5 ounces Orgeat syrup
1 egg white
Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake with no ice for roughly 10 seconds, then add ice and shake for roughly 15 seconds. Pour into a claret glass, then top with .75 ounces of port and a lemon twist.

Besides the signature drinks (Bombo/Brandy Crusta recipes found here), what do you recommend people order when they visit Jewel of the South and Manolito?
ND: I think it’s best to put yourself into the hands of our bartenders and let them guide you. If you’re after a bit of New Orleans history, then they might steer you toward a Pequot Fizz or a Sazerac. If you’re feeling tropical, you might get a classic Mai Tai or Zombie. We also often employ many seasonal drinks that don’t make the menu—drinks that use fig leaves from the tree outside or quince syrup leftover from the day’s baking.

Courtney Cowan opened Milk Jar Cookies in 2013. Photo courtesy of Courtney Cowan.

Milk Jar Cookies

5466 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Owner: Courtney Cowan, BS’00

Adam Turla is the lead singer for Murder By Death, while his wife and business partner, Sarah Balliet, plays the cello. Photo courtesy of Adam Turla.

Pizza LUPO

1540 Frankfort Ave.
Louisville, KY 40206

Owners: Adam Turla, ’03, and Sarah Balliet, ’04 

Did your time at IU influence your decision to have your own business?
AT: All the ethnic restaurants in Bloomington really opened my mind to cuisines I had never tried before, and [Sarah and I] would try practically every place that opened up in town. I think going to all those mom and pop restaurants definitely informed our choice to open one.

What do you recommend people order when they visit?
AT: Our most unique things are handmade pastas, which we often use very old techniques to make, and our pizza dough is definitely next level. It’s the kind of place where you’re definitely supposed to eat the crust.

Have any famous alums visited Pizza LUPO?
AT: A lot of great bands have come in. The first few that come to mind that we’ve fed are Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Gogol Bordello, Modest Mouse, and Iron & Wine.

Tastings has more than 200 wines available for sampling. Photo courtesy of Ross Bailey.


50 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Owner: Ross Bailey, BS’07

Did your time at IU influence your decision to have your own business?
RB: The campus has certainly changed since I graduated in 2007, and the business school is hardly recognizable from my time there, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the quality education. It takes a lot of long hours and sometimes sleepless nights to start a business, and the habits I learned at IU certainly gave me the perseverance needed to pursue running my own business in a competitive industry.

What do you recommend people order when they visit?
RB: The Tastings concept is built to showcase wine from regions all over the world. We have the largest by-the-glass wine list in the city of Indianapolis, so we encourage anyone interested in learning about wine to come visit the wine bar. We also have a really great tapas-style menu that is perfect for sharing with friends.

Have any famous alums visited Tastings?
RB: We see our fair share of celebrities come through Tastings when they’re in Indianapolis, but I think the most notable IU alum to visit was Mark Cuban, BS’81. I also had a wild experience talking to the nicest gentleman during his visit to Tastings. We were discussing Bloomington and all things IU for about half an hour before one of his friends approached and revealed that the man I was speaking with was Ed Sample, MS’71. Not only is he one of the most generous donors to Indiana University, he was a genuinely kind individual and a pleasure to speak with. The Sample Gates are such an iconic, huge part of IU. It was a great experience to meet the man behind the generous contribution.

Noah Herron met his wife, Emily (Micinski), BS’08, while attending IU. Photo courtesy of Noah Herron.

Urban Vines

303 E. 161st St.
Westfield, IN 46074

Owner: Noah Herron, BA’06

Do you have any IU-related décor at Urban Vines?
NH: We live in an area where we have fans of IU, Butler, and Purdue. We try not to show any bias … now my house is a different story!

Do you have any IU-related drinks?
NH: We are not only a winery, but we are a brewery as well. We started brewing about a year ago. One of the first beers we released was our Hoosier Pilsner. We try to keep this on tap year-round.

Rick and Kathy Black opened Wildcat Creek Winery in 2007. Photo courtesy of Rick and Kathy Black.

Wildcat Creek Winery

3233 E. 200 N.
Lafayette, IN 47905

Owners: Kathy (Murray), BS’75, and Rick Black, MBA’80

Y’OPA, is a combination of the words yogurt and opa (a common Greek emotional expression used in times of celebrations). Photo courtesy of Susan Tirikos.


165 W. Centre Ave.
Portage, MI 49024

Owners: Michael Tirikos, BA’10, and Susan (Forgas), BGS’13

A number of Bloomington, Ind., establishments—many of which have become community staples—are owned and operated by IU alumni.


Owner: Jared Schneider, BS’08

Bear’s Place

Owners: Andrew Thomas, BS’93, and Devin Thomas, BA’06

One World Enterprises

Bloomington Brewing Company



Pizza X
Owners: Helen “Lennie” Busch, BS’82, and Jeff Mease, ’84

Butler Winery

Owners: Susan (Curl), BA’72, and Jim Butler, BS’73

Cardinal Spirits

Owners: Jason Katz, BS’03, and Jeff Wuslich, BA’04

C3 Bloomington

Owner: Eric Stolberg, BS’70, MS’75

Friendly Beasts Cider Company

Owners: Fatima Carson, MPA’10, and Ben Romlein, MPA’12, MIS’12

Janko’s Little Zagreb

Owner: Mark Conlin, ’80

Nick’s English Hut

Owner: Gregg Rago,’80

Orbit Room

Owners: Michael Klinge, BA’01, and Katherine Novotny, BS’07

Rush Bowls

Owner: Ethan White, BS’18

Soma Coffeehouse and Juice Bar

Owners: Bob Costello, BA’95, and Kari (Pace) Costello, BS’87


Owners: Jeff Hall, ’08, and Kristin Cummings, MS’14, Eds’14

The Laughing Planet Cafe

Owners: Bob Costello, BA’95, and Kari (Pace) Costello, BS’87

The Village Deli

Owners: Bob Costello, BA’95, and Kari (Pace) Costello, BS’87

Uptown Cafe

Owner: Michael Cassady, BA’73

Do you know of an IU alumni-owned restaurant or bar not listed above? Email us at iueditor@iu.edu.

Tags from the story
Written By
Samantha Stutsman
Samantha Stutsman, BAJ'14, is a Bloomington, Ind., native and a content specialist at the IU Alumni Association.