LAFAYETTE – The title for Ripple & Firm, as proprietor Scott Trzaskus explains it, comes from the thought of making a “ripple impact” by means of the neighborhood by increasing and shopping for extra properties and creating extra companies on the higher finish of Principal Avenue.
“It went from enterprise growth to individuals growth as this ripple impact by means of this a part of the neighborhood,” Trzaskus, who additionally owns East Finish Grill, mentioned. “We’re attempting so as to add issues that persons are searching for, having enjoyable with and making a constructive impression.”
Ripple & Firm, which opened quietly on 1007 Principal St. Dec. 12, is the primary tenant in a brand new building built on the once-empty lot that housed the former R&M Food Market, immediately throughout the road from East Finish Grill. R&M closed its Lafayette location in 2016.
The brand new restaurant, which is a multilevel, fast-casual eatery, is owned by Trzaskus, who bought the previous R&M constructing with TBIRD Engineering and Surveying companions John Nagy, Tim Balensiefer and Pat Jarboe.
Trzaskus didn’t share ultimate price of setting up the brand new restaurant, however mentioned it was a “important funding” to construct a model new constructing that blended in with the present, pre-Civil Conflict period constructions round it.
Regardless of the challenges that many enterprise homeowners have confronted because of uncertainties from the coronavirus pandemic, Trzaskus mentioned building and growth of Ripple & Firm continued “full steam forward,” and he felt optimistic in regards to the coming months, particularly with the arrival of a COVID-19 vaccine.
The primary stage of the restaurant has a big, spacious eating room and grab-and-go meals choices. Ripple & Firm additionally partnered with Greyhouse Espresso for a espresso bar, which is the espresso store’s second location and first in Lafayette.
The opposite Greyhouse location is close to Purdue’s campus on Chauncey Hill Mall, and Trzaskus mentioned he hopes the brand new location in downtown Lafayette will draw not solely Purdue college students aware of the Greyhouse model, but in addition individuals who dwell and work on the Lafayette aspect.
Whereas East Finish is a higher-end, sit down dinner eating vacation spot, Ripple & Firm’s aim is to supply a fast-casual, grab-and-go choice with the identical caliber of meals as East Finish, however a extra relaxed eating fashion.
“If somebody needs to have an excellent enterprise lunch or dinner or evening out, East Finish is a superb sit down informal, however good venue,” Trzaskus mentioned. “But when somebody doesn’t really feel like cooking and needs to pop by Ripple & Firm and seize some meals to go, it’s a house run. For those who’re searching for fast chunk to eat, that is the place for you.”
The meals menu, which was developed by Govt Chef Ambarish Lulay, is designed to have “good meals that’s restaurant high quality, however straightforward to get and approachable.” It consists of appetizers, entrees and aspect choices, in addition to desserts and East Finish-crafted cocktails.
Menu items include smoked brisket, peppered pork stomach, avenue corn salad and cheddar mac and cheese, amongst others. Lulay mentioned up to now, the most well-liked menu merchandise has been the peppered pork stomach.
The second ground of Ripple & Firm consists of a giant non-public occasion house that results in an outside patio. Each the primary and second flooring have retractable storage doorways to mix the outside and indoor areas throughout hotter climate.
The non-public occasion house can accommodate giant teams and is totally geared up with a small kitchen, bar house and audio/video capabilities. Trzaskus mentioned he envisions the smaller kitchen to assist with occasions, buffets, and even function an area for personal cooking courses and demonstrations.
“There’s lots of flexibility right here,” he mentioned. “The most important factor is to supply a high quality expertise in a very nice house.”
Come spring, the outside patio may have a fire and a wide range of seating, functioning as each a private and non-private house.
“That is extra than simply an leisure venue—we’re attempting so as to add one thing to the neighborhood and have it slot in on this finish of predominant avenue, and actually assist to proceed the revitalization of this finish,” Trzaskus mentioned.
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