FAIR OAKS, Ind. — If you’re a fan of farm-fresh bacon,
burgers, pork or cheese, the new restaurant at Fair Oaks Farm might be for you.
The Farmhouse restaurant opened on July 5, bringing a
“farm-to-fork” experience to visitors.
The building is a new landmark on the original farm, which
is an agri-tourism site where visitors can see pigs and cows being raised. The
goal of the farm is to educate and provide a level of transparency when it comes
“Everything we’ve dreamed about, our story, is to invite
people to come to Fair Oaks Farms to enjoy and see what we care about — which is
a simple story,” said Mike McCloskey, chairman of the board at Fair Oaks
“We care about the environment, we care about our animals
and we care about the products we produce. We want to make sure that those
products are abundant and affordable for all. That’s who we are.”
The 18,000-square-foot building will offer space for dining,
conferences and events. The inside is decorated with warm, farmhouse-inspired
colors and wooden floors.
Visitors can watch their food being cooked via a large,
glass panel between the dining room and kitchen.
The menu was inspired by farm-fresh foods being made at the
farm. The restaurant includes a full-service bar with Indiana beer and wines
behind the counter.
The building was designed by Carl Bruggemeier and a team of
“Today we add another 100 employees to the family of Fair
Oaks,” he said at a pre-opening celebration. “It continues to grow and
Bruggemeier said that, of the more than 50 restaurants he
has designed, the Farmhouse means the most to him.
In spite of an extreme winter and difficult working
conditions, the construction team finished the building with time to spare.
For the Fair Oaks family, another dream was realized this
summer as the doors opened to the restaurant.
“We represent the American farmer, and we want to share that
story with the public,” McCloskey said. “What better way to share it than
through a restaurant where families can come enjoy our meals?”