PIERCETON — The Pierceton Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce Odd Fellow Café & Coffee has been selected as the 2018 May Business of the Month winner.
In July of 2016, two Pierceton residents had a dream to bring more life to the Pierceton area by opening a downtown café and coffee house. With only a basic knowledge of restaurant ownership and degrees in Marketing and Interior Design, combined with their passion for cooking and baking, owners Brent Smiley and Ann (Annie) Heck, began bringing Odd Fellow Café & Coffee to life. The downtown location formerly housed a once-popular diner known as Jennie’s Restaurant.
When owners Smiley and Heck began planning and developing their new business model, an important question arose, what they would call their restaurant? They knew they wanted to honor the original history of the building they now call home. Although they did this through preserving the original hard wood floors and using many local art pieces for décor, Smiley and Heck knew they wanted to honor the history through their name also.
With initial ownership dating back to the early 1900’s, the building was for years occupied by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows organization. This 1850’s-era English-originated club stood passionately for ensuring a gathering place was available for their community where traits of love, friendship and truth were to be displayed. They were formed originally to help their neighbors and friends with crop disasters, family tragedies, etc. Later, they began providing assistance to unwed mothers and orphans while eventually becoming dedicated to service to people of all walks of life, mostly going unnoticed to the public.
“Other than occupying the same building as the Odd Fellows organization, we are not affiliated with them, although we do believe in many of the same principles as they do.” stated owners Smiley and Heck.
Serving a southern-style breakfast and daily lunch plates, Odd Fellow Café & Coffee provides visitors a menu of quality food items, using locally grown foods, when available. Smiley states they pride themselves on the high quality of their ingredients ensuring the foods they serve are not overloaded with additives. “We are a welcoming place with that hometown feel where friends and family can enjoy quality food and friendly service at a fair price”, he added.
Baked goods including muffins, scones, buttermilk biscuits, pies and fast becoming Annie’s well-known and popular sugar cream pie, are made nightly. Odd Fellow Café and Coffee is proud to serve locally-roasted, Blue Lion coffees, lattes and espresso drinks, along with the popular Maya Chai Teas brought in from Arizona.
Odd Fellow Café & Coffee, located at 118. N. First St., Pierceton is open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. Serving breakfast all day in addition to daily lunch specials starting at 11 a.m.. Carry out is available during business hours by phoning (574) 328-2163. Odd Fellow Café & Coffee is also available for catering services and for your special events. Make sure to follow them on Facebook for special menu items and more.