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When Trisha and Betty Richardson began their catering business last year, they never dreamed it would lead into opening their own restaurant, the Farmhouse Grill.
Trisha and Betty Richardson are both natives of Owen County and took their first steps toward opening a restaurant when they began Your Menu Catering in 2008.
When the location became available on Roland Avenue, the two jumped at the chance to start their own restaurant.
“It was really a spur of the moment thing,” Betty Richardson said. “First we had a concession trailer, then we started a catering business. When the restaurant that was last here went out of business, we came by to look at a piece of equipment and winded up renting the place.”
The two said opening their own restaurant hasn’t been easy.
“It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to run a business,” Betty Richardson said. “Running a business the right way is also a lot of hard work.”
The Farmhouse Grill has a varied menu that includes ribeye, barbecue, pork tenderloin, fish and shrimp.
“Our best sellers are our taco salad and ribeye,” Trisha Richardson said.
The pair said they’ve had an outpouring of support from the citizens in Owen County.
“We’ve been pleasantly surprised,” Betty Richardson said. “Everyone has been so supportive.”
The Richardson’s said there are a number of reasons why people should try their restaurant.
“You come hungry and you leave full,” Betty Richardson said. “We have good parking. It’s all down-home cooking. We do everything ourselves and we feel like our customers get taken care of.”
Trisha and Betty Richardson said their restaurant is family oriented and they hope to further that aspect of their business in the future.
“In the spring, when the weather gets nicer we hope to put an inflatable out in the parking lot,” Trisha Richardson said. “We think the kids would enjoy that.”
The two said they’re going to continue doing what they’ve been doing and look forward to seeing their business grow.
“We’re just going to maintain what we’ve been doing,” said Betty Richardson. “I think you can get too big and not be able to handle it. We feel like if we keep our business small and family-oriented, we’ll began to have more and more customers.”
The Farmhouse Grill is located at 409 Roland Ave. and is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.