For many years, there has been a limited food selection if you wanted to eat downtown on the Historic Scottsburg Square– this is the year that changes! In 2019, there will be four restaurants inhabiting the square, so Scott County residents will have many choices when it comes to eating on the square. These restaurants include: Java Station 56, Yellow Brick Café, Hardy’s Café Bar & Grill, and Jendy’s Pizzeria.
There seems to be a sense of community among all the restaurants on the downtown square. Between the newer restaurants, and the ones that have been there awhile – everyone wants the downtown square to succeed.
Java Station 56, the newest restaurant on the square, is located at 4 South Main Street. Java Station 56 is owned by Paul and Brandi Ronau, former owners and creators of the Red Yeti in Jeffersonville. Although the Ronaus have sold the Red Yeti, they still have the coffee shop Two Tired Bike & Bean in Jeffersonville.
“The same recipes and menu items from that shop will be here at Java Station 56,” said Paul.
As newcomers, The Ronau’s are hoping for big time growth in the area. They said everyone in the area seems very positive about the development, and their new businesses.
“We fell in love with the buildings here on the square,” added Brandi. “We want Scottsburg to become more like Jeffersonville, and bring more businesses here, and we hope to be a catalyst for that.”
In addition to the coffee shop, there will also be a retail side called Socksburg where they will sell novelty fashion items. While the coffee shop is still waiting for state approval to open, the retail shop will be opening sooner.
On top of the coffee and retail shop, the Ronaus also plan to rent out the upstairs portion of the building as a meeting place for company meetings, small wedding receptions, and much more.
Also somewhat new to the square, is Yellow Brick Café, at 36 East McClain. Yellow Brick Café has been open since May 2018 and is owned by Rita Stoner. This is Stoner’s second restaurant. She has worked in the restaurant industry the majority of her life, including owning her first restaurant Stoner’s Steakhouse in Borden over 20 years ago.
“I’ve worked in restaurants my whole life and what I’m doing now, I was doing for others, so I decided I wanted to do it for myself,” said Stoner.
The owner of the building, Kenny Hughbanks, has played a vital role in the opening Yellow Brick Café.
“All of this kind of fell into my lap, and Kenny really made it happen for me,” added Stoner.
Yellow Brick Café is a full-service restaurant and is open Tuesday-Saturday. They operate from 11:00 AM-3:00 PM with the exception of Saturday where they serve breakfast starting at 8:00 AM.
On the opposite side of the square, is Jendy’s Pizzeria at 83 South 1stStreet. Jendy’s has been open on the square for quite a few years, and is owned by Jeff and Wendy Lawson. Formally Chicago’s Pizza in Hanover, the Lawson’s left the franchise in 2006 to start their own business venture as Jendy’s.
Jendy’s has a sister store in Hanover, the original Jendy’s. Before expanding and finding their home on the square, the second Jendy’s store was originally in Austin.
Jendy’s offers a pizza buffet daily and is open 7 days a week. From Monday through Friday they operate from 10:30 AM – 9:00 PM, and on the weekends they are open until 11:00 PM– Sunday’s they open at 11:30 AM.
The longest standing restaurant on the square is Hardy’s Café located at 48 South Main Street. Hardy’s is a restaurant and bar during the day, with a family side separated from the bar. At night, it forms into a full bar, and even offers live music sometimes on the weekend.
“The building was built in 1942 and has been a bar and café ever since,” said owner Steve Phillips.
Phillips bought the building and took ownership of Hardy’s in 2008.
Hardy’s is open 7 days a week from 7:00 AM to 12:00 AM Monday through Thursday, and open until 2:00 AM on Friday and Saturday. Sunday they are open from 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM. Food is served until 10:00 PM during the week, and around 11:00 PM on the weekends.
Although it may seem like competition, many owners and employees will visit the other restaurants, and even refer customers to the other restaurants on the square to meet their customer’s needs.
“I like going to the other restaurants,” said Yellow Brick Café owner Rita Stoner. “I don’t really see it as competition.”
The manager Denise at Jendy’s agreed, saying, “We will refer people to Hardy’s a lot, especially if they are looking to enjoy a beer with their meal.”
The community and development in the area is something that Scott County has lacked in the past, but currently seems to be heading in the right direction. With four restaurants on the square now, this growth could very well put Scott County on the map as a place to visit and enjoy the beautiful sights and history of the downtown square.