The Village of Jeffersonville recently added a colorful restaurant to its downtown scene with the opening of “Outside The Box Cafe.”
Terry and Melody Matthews, of Fayette County, have lived here for about 30 years and decided recently to try their hand in the food business. This being the couple’s first venture, there were a few snags, but they persevered and opened their own restaurant on April 18.
Located at 10 South Main St. in Jeffersonville, the Outside The Box owners have remodeled the building and filled it with a beautiful array of colors. The Matthews couple commented on their business Wednesday and said that in the first month they have been pretty steady.
“We thought the town needed a nice restaurant to come eat at,” Terry said. “We used to come here to eat at the Home Restaurant. We have been thinking about it for a couple of years and finally decided we would try it. We have lived in the county all of our lives. The kids went to school at Miami Trace and we live close by, its not like we are from a different county or state.”
“Every time you drive through (downtown Jeffersonville) something else is closing and it is like it has become a ghost town,” Melody said. “So we thought we will give it a shot and see what happens. When choosing the design, I just wanted something fun. A little bit different. Someplace where people can feel like they can relax and eat their meal.”
When choosing a meal at Outside The Box, a customer has plenty of options. If someone needs to stop in for breakfast, the restaurant offers a variety of items such as eggs, pancakes, bacon, ham (while supplies last), potatoes, sausage biscuits and gravy, oatmeal, fancy cakes, and turkey sausage and bacon. Breakfast runs from 6 a.m. until 11 a.m. daily.
For lunch, they offer Turkey Swiss, grilled cheese, hamburgers, chicken salad, fried bologna, fish sandwiches, egg salad, and appetizers that cover chicken tenders to green tomatoes. Meals regularly come with sides and are priced starting at $4.99.
Available after 4 p.m., dinners include ribeye, chicken breast or pork loin with a side and a baked potato. The selection also comes complete with a children’s’ menu featuring both breakfast and dinner meals.
“It is always good to have some new business come in,” Jeffersonville Mayor Bob Kinzer said, looking around the room. “It used to be Home Restaurant, but as you can see now it is way different. We are always glad to work with new owners who want to come to Jeffersonville. Our council is great and we are ready to help.”
The couple said that all of the pork is locally-raised and drug-free, all of the beef and chicken are locally-raised and cut over at Detty’s Market, and they are pushing for everything to be homemade. The business also features a rotating dessert item, meaning different treats will be featured periodically. The hours of operation are 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays and the business is closed on Tuesdays. Starting June 1, the hours will change to 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Saturday.
Terry and Melody thanked the Village of Jeffersonville for helping them get in their location, the Fayette County Health Department for all of their help with the intricacies of a restaurant and Joni Behrends for making the logo and t-shirts.
For more information, visit the business or contact them at (740) 488-7032.
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