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Behind the Scenes of Opening a New Restaurant: Scotty’s Burger Joint

We are in the thick of it, training our newest additions to the Scotty's family to create our raving fan atmosphere. As the building starts to take shape, "training is underway and is progressing very well. The staff is going through the training with success. They are really excited, and anxious to provide the best possible service to our guests," said Steve Schwartz, Assistant Manager of Scotty's Burger Joint.

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Schwartz is a Columbus native and jumped at the chance to work for the Scotty's organization.  "My favorite thing about this company is its vision. I have been a long time believer in the "ultimate guest service" and it is something I instill in myself as well as my staff. Scotty's knows this and does many things to drive this. The passion the company has in instilling this into each and every staff member is far above and beyond," said Schwartz.


If you are like some of us, before we decided to open this store we had no idea where Columbus was. Soon we found out that it is a hidden gem in southern Indiana. "Columbus is an extremely diverse demographic which is filled with rich history. It is one of the top cities in the nation, in regards to architecture. They have been featured in many publications as well as news channels. Extremely family oriented to the point they built a multi-million dollar playground in downtown in the same building as we are located," said Schwartz.

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What can you expect from the new location?
"We have the largest patio in Columbus, as well as a 70" flat screen TV. Great for sporting events. The local & organic concept is fairly new to Columbus and will provideexceptional tasting food. We are going to do everything we can to be "green". Sixteen handcrafted, local beers on tap. Local meat, dairy and other products will be utilized to make our amazing food. Our management staff is dedicated to the success of our restaurant as well as our staff. We have an amazing support team from Scott himself all the way down and with this behind us nothing is impossible," said Schwartz.

Want to learn more about the new location? Click here

Lakehouse Launches A New Menu

Today Scotty's Lakehouse launched its brand new menu. Here's a sneak peek of the new offerings!

From the sidelines: How about now receiving a choice of house fries (a fry with sea salt, black pepper, parmesan, parsley and a touch of garlic), thr3e wise men fries (a fry with the Thr3e Wise Men secret spice) or a house salad (mixed greens, goat cheese, tomatoes, red onions, eggs and croutons) with any burger, grilled cheese or wrap? That's right no more gripes about not receiving a side item with your meal. 

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Scholars Inn Bakehouse Takes Over Lunch: Scholars inn will now be the bread provider for all the lunch time sandwiches. Along with this there are two new items added to the lunch time menu:
BLT Sandwich - Scholars inn bakehouse sourdough bread, tomatoes, mixed greens, applewood smoked bacon and garlic mayo.
Turkey Melt - Scholars inn bakehouse sourdough bread, sliced natural turkey, Fair Oaks Farms sweet swiss, applewood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato and avocado mayo.

Mo'Fo Hot: Keep a cold drink nearby for this buffalo chicken salad which is mixed greens covered in celery, tomatoes, eggs, carrots, grilled chicken, mo'fo' hot sauce, mild cheddar cheese and chunky bleu cheese dressing.

There is a new kind of boat docking at the Lakehouse: Yukon Potato boats a Brewhouse favorite with a local twist. Enjoy Yukon gold potatoes filled with mild cheddar cheese, Fair Oaks Farms smoked gouda, applewood smoked bacon and sour cream.

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Not yo average nachos: Now start your meal off with a heap of blue corn tortilla chips covered in jalapeno beer cheese, tomatoes, red onions, jalapenos and avocado. Served with a side of homemade salsa and sour cream (upon request). 

Wrappin and Rollin: Two new wraps have been added to the not burgers portion of the menu.
the Burger Wrap - ground beef wrapped in a honey wheat tortilla with lettuce, tomatoes, mild cheddar cheese, red onions, a pickle and homemade chipotle thousand island dressing.
the Veggie Wrap - poblano cream cheese, spinach, tomatoes, cucumber, Fair Oaks Farms 2-year aged cheddar and avocado wrapped in a honey wheat tortilla.

Kids Get Sushi: That's right your wee ones can now enjoy sliced natural turkey, mild cheddar cheese, cucumber and carrots wrapped up to resemble sushi in scholars inn baked bread.

Eating on a Budget

Now-a-days feeding a family of any size can cost an arm and a leg.

Heck trying to take your significant other on a date is tough on your wallet.

How about a full meal for 2 people for $30?

Now until September 18th at Scotty's Brewhouse 96th St Indianapolis and Scotty's Lakehouse in Geist for $30 you can receive an appetizer or dessert and 2 adult entrees. Even better? You also get signed up for the Scotty's VIP program for FREE. That's right you get to earn points that you can cash for apparel, gift cards, iPods, flights, wine and even a trip to Las Vegas. Recently a guest cashed in his points for FOUR, yes you read that right, FOUR round trip flights for him and his family to head to Orange County, California. Think about the possibilities.

Have kids? With your new VIP card they can also be signed up for a Kidz Club card, their very own loyalty program where they can earn and cash their own points for prizes such as Toys R Us gift cards. This in addition to the cartoons on the personal TV's at our tables will convince your children every time to eat where you want to eat.

Don't live in Indianapolis? Don't worry on Tuesdays and Sundays kids eat FREE at ALL Scotty's Brewhouse locations. The Kidz Club program is also available at all locations.

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9/11

 

Originally written in 2007 by Scott Wise.

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Sidenote: This blog is not written to defend right or wrong, what is happening in Iran/Iraq/Afghanistan and not to talk about political parties or anything else of that nature.

Do you remember where you were when you heard/saw? That's always the question asked, isn't it? Scotty's Brewhouse had been open for 5 years in Muncie. We had been open in Bloomington for 5 weeks. Tuesdays were the day I held a management meeting. Every Tuesday, 8 am.

I'm the kind of person that needs background noise to keep me sane. I don't watch the tv or listen to the radio; but, I need it on just as a distraction.

This being said, my desk and I faced the managers. Their backs were to the tv across the room in my office. I don't remember what I was probably "yelling" at them about; but, 10 minutes later, it really didn't matter that our servers were not cleaning their tables fast enough… thousands of people had just died.

You know how you think back to "flashbacks" in your life and you remember little snippets, like a little piece of a movie? That's how I remembered that day, I can remember peering over one of my managers heads, seeing the tv screen and wondering, "what the hell did that plane just crash into a building for?" I remember the rest of the day was so "dreary and foggy."

It felt like the feeling you had as a kid when you couldn't find your mom or dad in the grocery store or mall. You felt lost, with no hope. The person or thing that is supposed to protect you and hold you when you are scared, was gone. That's how I felt that day. I felt like Mom/Dad United States couldn't protect us, we didn't know what was happening, where it was happening next or why. That feeling of desperation and fright will stick with me forever.

There's another reason why I will never forget 9/11.

It's my birthday.

I've never been sad to share this day with those that lost their lives. For God's sake, I'm still alive and celebrating life, how could I be upset about that. At first, I hated giving my birth date to people on the phone, or in the airport, for credit card authorizations or the like. People always said, "I'm sorry."

Sorry for what? I'm not sorry. I'm proud. I'm proud to remember those people every year. It is not my day, it is theirs. Hell, birthdays lose their panache after the age of 21 anyway. And, very few of my friends forget my birthday now. The fact that it is tied to one of, if not the, worst tragedies in American history… more than 3000 people will never celebrate a birthday again.

I love to shop. I know, weird being a heterosexual male and all. Might have been the 2 sisters and no brothers that did that to me. So, I'm "metro." And, I love New York. My mom, dad, wife and I would take a trip to New York every Fall to shop and see a Broadway show.

We had our annual trip planned for late September that year of the tragedy. We all talked and decided, if they are letting planes fly into NYC, we will still go. New York needed the support of tourists at that time more than ever.

I will tell you what, I will never, ever forget that trip. From the armed guards and dogs at the airport, to talking to people in the stores. I would ask the clerk if they felt comfortable talking about it, to tell me where they were. I heard stories of some of them waking up and seeing it all happen out there window, to one person that just started running across the bridges covered in soot, dust and crying…

We decided to go visit one of the fire stations that lost many men and women in the tragedy. In front of the fire station were banquet tables set out covered with pictures of the fallen, candles burning, flowers, cards… There were cards from school children from all over the United States.

As I was looking and watching, I didn't notice but one of the firemen was behind me watching us. He was tall, burly and looked tired. I turned around and walked up to him, stuck my hand out and pulled him into me with a warm hug/embrace. I just told him, "we are here for you." As I pulled away and wiped my tears, I watched him cry and walk away.

September 11 will never be forgotten.

 

-Scott Wise, CEO