Purple Cup Coffee Co., at 4502 W. Lloyd Expressway, is now brewing caffeine-infused favorites, purple specialties, and select teas. The owners and culinary masters behind Pangea Kitchen opened The Patisserie, which will serve European pastries, at 401 N.W. Second St. The Cross-Eyed Cricket is expanding its family with a new public house above Comfort by the Cross-Eyed Cricket at 230 Main St. The Collective is a fine dining experience offering a minimalist menu of specialty entrees and an extensive beverage list. Drake’s finally opens its doors in Evansville, serving big burgers, fresh sushi, and more than 20 craft beers on tap at 1222 Hirschland Road. A unique dining experience, Murph’s International Street Foods, is now located along North Main Street. The food cart sets up shop when the weather allows and offers Nathan’s hot dogs, sausages, walking tacos, hot tamales, and daily specials. Expanding Evansville’s food truck frenzy, Carlos and Veronica Rivera have opened La Plaza, an authentic Mexican food truck serving up home-style Mexican favorites. Don Haury has opened a new food experience, Coffee Buzz, serving coffee and a large breakfast menu from inside a giant yellow school bus.
In order to continue operations throughout winter while under COVID-19 restrictions, The Wine Down in Newburgh, Indiana, has set up several personal igloos that fit six to eight people. The igloos, made from PVC, are warm, private, furnished, and decorated. Owners of the popular food truck, The Duffy Shuffle, are rebranding their truck to FireChicken. Courtney Duffy, who also owns Rock-a-Burger Food Truck, says the name and redesign will better reflect their menu, which will expand to include grilled chicken and chicken sandwiches. After announcing the closure of Siciliano Subs on Dec. 3, owners David and Danielle Hodge are now selling made-to-order charcuterie boards and lunch boxes after an outpouring of community support. The West Side Taco John’s at 604 N. St. Joseph Ave. is scheduled to be rebuilt after the original building was torn down in November. The location at 2509 Washington Ave. is still open for business. The Old-Fashioned Butcher Shoppe (2130 Stringtown Road) in Newburgh, Indiana, has purchased The Rivertown Butcher Shop at 7766 Fruitwood Lane. The shop will offer an expanded selection of meats and barbecue after its reopening. A Dunkin Donuts is coming to the lot at 3955 Orchard Lane in Newburgh, Indiana, in 2021. Located at 2607 Baseline Road, Hornville Tavern has new owners. Andrew Bowlds is keeping up the restaurant’s traditions, offering smoke chicken and other classics. Despite rumors that spread across the Tri-State and prompted a Facebook post on their official page, Deerhead Sidewalk Café & Bar is fully open for business. They offer local tavern food and pizza.
Beginning on Jan. 30, 2021 the Japanese restaurant, IWATAYA Resturant, will be permanently closed. The Japanese Grocery store attached to the restaurant will continue to operate normally.