LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)- The east end of Downtown has a new development opening up soon. After the demolition of the old R&M Meat Market wrapped up last year, a new restaurant will be bringing some new life to the area, and it sits just across the street from East End Grill.
"On paper, the schedule is to have the project completed by later in the fall so September or October is our goal right now,” said Tim Balensiefer of Bearing Point Development.
What used to be the old R&M Meat Market will soon be a new restaurant. The owner of East End Grill and other investors will be opening Ripple & Company.
"The intent here is really fast-casual counter service dining so customers will be able to order at the counter the food will be run out to your table very simple and its focus is to be a fast affordable and it's easily sent out or to go as well," said Scott Trzaskus the owner of East End Grill.
The restaurant will have cocktails on tap as well as coffee drinks available. The set up of the facility will be much different than East End Grill.
"It's casual it's laid back we are going to do international flavors and styles and keep the menu dynamic and changing but we are delivering a much similar menu pretty efficiently," said Ambarish Lulay the Executive Chef of East End Grill.
While the atmosphere will be casual, it will also have a large entertainment space.
"We will have a patio space on the second floor at the new restaurant for 50, and there will be an Indoor entertainment space with its own kitchen and bar for about 70 people," added Trzaskus.
Those involved in developing this new restaurant hope it will bring new life to the east end of downtown Lafayette.
"Community is a big part of what we do and my thought was if we could have places for people to go downtown then you can get more people to live downtown and just kind of create a different vibe,” said Balensiefer.
The restaurant is expected to open sometime in October. The executive chef says they plan on using as many local vendors for the new restaurant as possible.