MUNCIE, Ind. — If you’ve been waiting for a new scene in Muncie’s local restaurants, you’re in luck. Muncie is home to three new, or at least newly located, eateries.
Currently, Muncie is waiting on the return of Cammack Station and the Barking Cow as they expand their business and prepare for re-opening in the spring.
But if you’re craving Chinese food, specialty donuts or a cup of coffee, these three local eateries are now open for business:
Sweet treats at Purdylicious
Jeff and Kerri Purdy started their business off with just kettle corn, taking the treat to festivals and fairs. From there, the menu grew, and they had a little bit of everything at their booth.
But then the COVID-19 pandemic swept in, cutting off the festival season. That’s when they took their idea of a sweet shop to a brick-and-mortar location.
Since opening on Jan. 6, Purdylicious has offered doughnuts, lattes, bubble tea, coffee and smoothies at its Yorktown shop, located at 9208 W. Smith St.
“There are a couple of other shops that do what we do,” Kerri Purdy said. “They all do cake doughnuts, and we wanted to be different, so we only offer yeast. That sets us apart just a little bit.”
So far, business has been good, she said. Customers have really gravitated towards the strawberry fruity pebbles doughnut and the maple bacon doughnuts.
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“We’ve pulled a lot of people from Muncie, actually,” Kerri Purdy said. “We’ve had (people from) Kokomo and Huntington. We’re pulling people from a little bit of everywhere.”
Currently, Purdylicious offers take-out and curbside pick-up for online orders. Due to COVID-19, the small shop cannot have dine-in customers. However, once the shop becomes more established and others can be hired, the couple want to start delivering treats.
Purdylicious is open 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, and 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays.
Going forward, Kerri Purdy said the plan is to grow, potentially franchising and opening up more locations.
“That is kind of the plan, is to grow,” Kerri Purdy said. “Get larger and hopefully be able to expand to some other cities.”
Coffee shop opens on city’s southside
Located at 1805 S. Hoyt Ave., Rosebud Coffee House opened its doors in the 8twelve neighborhood on Dec. 9. Owner Tiara Hicks said so far, business has been great. She told The Star Press she’s seeing new and repeat customers daily.
One of Hicks’ goals was not only to run a coffee shop, but to create a space where people on the south end of town could meet and collaborate. To do so, meeting rooms were built into the coffee shop, which is in a former bank building.
“The community had been so supportive. We receive feedback regularly, wishing us success and promising to tell others,” Hicks said. “Several meetings have already taken place utilizing our meeting spaces, and we have booked an after hours event for May.”
With so much feedback, Hicks said she plans to include monthly menu updates. Once the weather warms up, the coffee house also will get a patio.
The Rosebud Coffee House is open 6 a.m.5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays.
For updates, visit facebook.com/rosebudcoffeehouse.
Dumpling House returns
After closing temporarily to relocate from Tillotson Avenue to 2900 W. White River Blvd., Dumpling House is officially back.
However, when Dumpling House moved, the Asian Market was not able to come along. Owner Weihan Liu told The Star Press in December that the new space is too small to have both.
“The new location is not big enough. At the beginning, we planned to move the restaurant and Asian Market together,” Liu said. “But because of COVID, we don’t have enough money accumulated for both of the businesses, so we’ll only focus on the restaurant.”
In the future, Liu said if there is space available or another location opens up, he’d like to reopen Asian Market.
According to the restaurant’s Facebook page, takeout is available and dine-in is available with limited capacity.
Visit facebook.com/2900WhiteRiver for updates.
Charlotte Stefanski is a reporter at the Star Press. Contact her at 765-283-5543, [email protected] or follow her on twitter @CharStefanski.