New Businesses Opening Up Across Tri-State

While many seasoned businesses have not made it through the pandemic -- others are opening their doors for the first time.

Posted: Mar 7, 2021 8:47 AM
Updated: Mar 8, 2021 3:37 PM

Kierstan and Brad Stahl have been running The Farmhouse in Evansville over the past four years. The pair is one of the select fortunate business owners who have been able to stay afloat financially during the pandemic.

So much so, they opened up a second business -- Olive Grace, in downtown Newburgh Saturday, March 6th.

"We have the best customers in the whole wide world," said Kiersten Stahl. "A lot of people who are here from our store have shopped with us over the past four years and are wanting to support us."

And patrons packed the small place all day.

"We have the hand-sanitizer, we're asking everyone to wear masks and taking temperatures,” she said. “But we're hoping in the next couple of months that you know, after everyone gets vaccinated and that sort of thing, we can get the masks off and open the doors to a lot more people."

Now over on the north side of Evansville -- Duffy’s Pubhouse had their grand opening Wednesday, March 3rd.

The owner, Nick Duffy, saw an opportunity to expand from his food truck business to a dine-in restaurant.

"Any events that would typically happen -- Night on Main -- you know the fireworks -- all the gatherings were shut down and that's where food trucks shined,” Duffy said. “So yeah, we really had to turn a corner there and do some different stuff."

"We've had a few hiccups on the way -- with a few minor things,” said general manager Olivia Parrella. “But smooth sailing from here -- nothing but amazing business, amazing people coming in for support. I think people are excited to have something like this on the north side."

And even though there are technically no capacity restrictions on restaurants in Vanderburgh County - they are staying at 50% capacity for now.

"I feel like we're almost over this now that the vaccines are getting out and things like that -- it looks like Covid-numbers are dropping,” Duffy said. “So, we're really hopeful we'll be able to expand and fill this thing to full capacity -- you know hopefully sooner rather than later."

And while they are currently only serving those 21 and over, the hope is to grow the establishment to a more kid-friendly environment.

"We have a back dining room with its own separate entrance and things like that,” he said. “So, once we get our staffing up and our full menu out and get through the soft opening and get through our sea legs and things like that -- then we may very well open it up to families as well."

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