Extol Celebrating Health

MAR 2017

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ey tried pop-up chefs. ey hooked up with "another guy who thinks all you have to do in the restaurant business is cook food," said Amy. en they got lucky. Enter Stacie Bale, a grammar-school friend of the sisters' who had gone into the restaurant business herself, running the innovative Earth Friends Café on East Market Street for a few years, which she had to close, as well as one in the Kentucky International Convention Center, which closed around her when the center began a three-year overhaul. "I felt like the universe kept punching me in the gut," said Stacie. e sisters could relate. "Kate and Amy came into the convention center one day to thank me for serving their beer," Stacie recalled. "From then, the wheels started turning. I shut my business and, within three weeks, we were ready to open here (in New Albany)." at was the spring of 2015. Stacie's concept, a version of the burgeoning farm-to-table movement, was all local produce and meats. Want a burger? It's the finest quality meat from a local farm. Want a veggie burger? "We have a bacon cheddar cheeseburger that's entirely vegan," Stacie proclaimed. "We can do that here. ey can't do that anywhere else." Want fries with that? "We don't have a fryer, but we have a whole bunch of sides, and everything is handmade." Essentially, said Stacie, "we tr y to make anything for anybody. I feel, if you have a group of four that comes in, someone's going to be a vegetarian, someone's going to be gluten-free, someone might be vegan and the fourth person might be all-meat-all-the-time. "So we go above and beyond for people," she said. "But at the same time, you have to keep a pretty simple menu. You can't have four pages of stuff." It's not unlike what Amy recognized about her pizza place years before. "We never expanded the menu there, we never tried to be everything to everybody. We just concentrated on making what we made as good as possible." "It's just a nice, casual hangout spot. No chef, no sous chef," said Stacie. "I provide a recipe book and hire people, and they prepare the recipes." Of course, the beer has also been a cornerstone of the business. "We finally have the tap room we always wanted," said Kate. In addition to its own New Albanian beers ("I think we have 14 on tap," she said), the restaurant also offers guest taps from other local craft breweries. ere's no Bud, no Miller. And so, the pizza place rolls, the craft beer flows, the new place gets its legs and downtown New Albany bustles. "ere's a 200-unit apartment complex being built two blocks away," said Amy. "We're the first stop on their walk. "We've already put together a little welcome- to-the-neighborhood package, with a copy of our menu and a 64-ounce growler for them to come in and fill up." It all appears to have come together. "Amy and Kate have been in one spot for 30 years. ey know how to be in one spot for 30 years. And while they were in one spot, I was all over the place. I've pulled all that together to run this restaurant. It has allowed me to be smart, to focus on inventory while still pleasing people," Stacie said. She's certainly pleased the sisters. "I told Stacie, this would not be happening if she were not here," said Amy. "She came in and recognized all the mistakes we'd made, and turned this place around." What's to eat? The New Albanian Brewing Company Café & Brewhouse specializes in burgers that pair with the company's craft beers. e NABC Burger piles on bacon, cheddar cheese, avocado, a fried egg and garlic aioli. e Bacon Cheddar Burger features smoky jalapeno. And everything can be substituted for vegetarians and vegans. The New Albanian Brewing Company Pizzeria & Public House has a full complement of pizzas, sandwiches, pasta dishes, lasagna, stuffed mushrooms and salads. Both places feature the company's full line of craft brews and its homemade beer cheese. New Albanian Café & Brewhouse 415 Bank St., New Albany 812.944.2577 www.newalbanian.com/ cafe-and-brewhouse 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday; Closed Monday New Albanian Brewing Company Pizzeria & Public House 3312 Plaza Drive, New Albany 812.944.2577 www.newalbanian.com Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday; Closed Sunday 20 EXTOL SPORTS / MARCH 2017 a taste of

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