Indiana March 02, 2019
This Historic Hoosier Restaurant Gives You An Authentic Antique Dining Experience
There’s a historic Hoosier restaurant that’s been going strong for nearly 30 years yet few people know it even exists. If you enjoy authentic, no-frills dining experiences, you’ve got to check out this hot spot.
Locals would rather keep this place a secret, but it’s just too fabulous not to talk about. Scroll on for more details.
Built in 1860 as a residence, The Willard has served the community in many ways over the decades. For years, it was a hotel before becoming a restaurant in 1986, and it is known as a great place to socialize.
The theme of the restaurant is 1800s historic charm. You'll find original antique fixtures that survived restorations as well as a curved staircase in the foyer and a marble fireplace in the main dining room.
Outdoor seating is popular at this historic Hoosier restaurant when the weather is nice. It is a fabulous spot for groups, families, casual dates, quick lunches, and coffee.
The Willard is known for its pub-style cuisine and drinks. Most people stop in for the pizzas. Try a specialty one like Hawaiian, buffalo, yahoo, Mexican, or bangin' bleu cheese.
Starters include wings, shrimp, fries, onion rings, nachos, bread sticks, cheese sticks, and more. Entrees include fish platters, pork chops, tenderloins, pulled pork, chicken, burgers, burritos, quesadillas, salads, and wraps.
You'll find beer on draft as well as craft and microbrews. Domestic, imported, and non-alcoholic brews are also available as well as cidres. You can also get both red and white wines.
The Willard historic Hoosier restaurant is open Monday through Thursday between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday between 11 a.m. and 12 a.m., and Sunday between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m.
The Willard is located at 99 N Main St., Franklin, IN 46131, and you can learn more about it on its
website or Facebook page.
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