LAFAYETTE – The identify for Ripple & Firm, as proprietor Scott Trzaskus explains it, comes from the concept of making a “ripple impact” by means of the group by increasing and shopping for extra properties and creating extra companies on the higher finish of Predominant Avenue.
“It went from enterprise improvement to individuals improvement as this ripple impact by means of this a part of the group,” Trzaskus, who additionally owns East Finish Grill, mentioned. “We’re making an attempt so as to add issues that individuals are searching for, having enjoyable with and making a optimistic impression.”
Ripple & Firm, which opened quietly on 1007 Predominant 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, straight 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 last value of developing 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 improvement 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 degree 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 accustomed to 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 possibility with the identical caliber of meals as East Finish, however a extra relaxed eating type.
“If somebody needs to have a fantastic enterprise lunch or dinner or night time out, East Finish is a good 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. In the event you’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 to this point, the preferred menu merchandise has been the peppered pork stomach.
The second ground of Ripple & Firm consists of a big personal occasion house that results in an out of doors patio. Each the primary and second flooring have retractable storage doorways to mix the outside and indoor areas throughout hotter climate.
The personal occasion house can accommodate massive teams and is absolutely 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 lessons and demonstrations.
“There’s a variety of flexibility right here,” he mentioned. “The most important factor is to supply a top quality expertise in a very nice house.”
Come spring, the outside patio could 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 making an attempt so as to add one thing to the group and have it slot in on this finish of essential avenue, and actually assist to proceed the revitalization of this finish,” Trzaskus mentioned.
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