Ambartaj (4951 W. Lloyd Expressway) is now open on Evansville’s West Side. The Indian restaurant serves lunch and dinner buffets daily and offers carry-out and catering. Fester’s Sportsbar & Grill (10301 Old Highway 62 E., Mount Vernon, IN) opened in December. The restaurant serves sandwiches, burgers, wraps, soups, pizzas, salads, and more. The Bitterman Mini Shoppes & Farmer’s Market (204 Main St.) welcomed Lucid, a coffee shop, in early January. Lucid currently offers pour over coffee, but plans to extend to handcrafted, high-quality, espresso drinks around February.
Sweet ’n Sassy Cookies & More (2100 Stierley Road N., Wadesville, IN) will soon join Evansville’s North Side. It will be located across from Dairy Queen near First Avenue. Chava’s Mexican Grill (4204 N. First Ave.) is coming soon to Evansville’s North Side in a space that formerly was occupied by Subway. HoneyBaked Ham (318 Main St.) looks to open in the available café space at Innovation Pointe early this year. The lunch menu will include specialty sandwiches, salads, and fresh deli sides. The Downtown location also will offer a new breakfast menu, featuring an assortment of breakfast sandwiches, pastries, and coffee.
The Farmer’s Daughter Bakery and Café (125 W. Broadway St., Princeton, IN) closed its doors in November to begin another adventure. Sarah Brown, the former owner, has joined with Amy Rivers-Word, owner of Lamasco Bar and Grill, to open the Dapper Pig. The new restaurant should be open by spring in the Haynie’s Corner Arts District. Bagelrama (101 N.W. First St.) closed its operation in early November. My Vintage Mixer (300 W. Jennings St., Newburgh, IN) closed in mid-December because of family health concerns. Raffi’s (1100 N. Burkhardt Road) closed in late December after 25 years of service. The Steeplechase Restaurant (4101 U.S. Highway 41-N. at the Clairon Inn) recently announced its closure.