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Red Bird Cafe prepares for TASTE of Tippecanoe

The TASTE of Tippecanoe has a new touch of home-style cooking this year. One local restaurant in Dayton is ready to share their history with Greater Lafayette Red Bird Cafe plans to bring to this year's event.

Posted: May 17, 2019 6:21 PM
Updated: May 17, 2019 6:24 PM

DAYTON, Ind. (WLFI)—“Fascinating,” is the word owner of Red Bird Cafe Trish Brown uses to describe her journey leading up to her success. This building was the first gas station in town in the early 1900s. Then it was the first fire station. Now, it’s the Red Bird Café.

“I grew up in this town,” said Brown. “So I wanted to do something with something that was established in this town. I didn’t want to tear something down and start from scratch.”

The restaurant has been open for a year. A milestone for Brown. Now she and her team are preparing for another milestone. Their first year at the TASTE of Tippecanoe.

“At the TASTE of Tippecanoe we’re going to offer our beignets,” said Brown. “Which is something everyone gets one for free while they’re waiting for their meal to arrive when they come to the restaurant,” “So we wanted everybody to experience that. And we’re also going to be taking our pulled-pork nachos and pulled-pork sandwiches.”

When customers dine at the café they are served more than a meal.

“We’re not all about the almighty dollar,” said Brown. “We’re about happiness, we’re about comfort and we’re about our customers.”

Comfort and happiness in the form of homemade recipes passed down by moms, dads, and grandparents.

“What we do here is traditional home-style cooking,” said Head Cook Matthew Franks.

Matthew Franks has been with Red Bird Café since day one. With experience working at other restaurant chains, he says people won’t experience food like this anywhere else.

“I’ve got a recipe on the menu that I got from my grandmother,” said Franks. “That I remember growing up as a kid with her cooking. So, you know that’s just what it is. It’s all homemade stuff.”

What started out as just a dream is now a reality.

“It makes me feel humble,” said Franks. “It truly, truly makes me feel humbled because I’m just a small town girl.”

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