The Fireside Brewhouse Restaurant and Bar
Winner of " Best of Taste" for the 2009 Taste of the Southside
The Fireside Brewhouse is a family-owned and operated restaurant designed to offer guests a superior Southside dining adventure. With a menu of globally-influenced dishes prepared by an experienced kitchen, a beer and wine list numbering well over 150 entries, and a convivial atmosphere, Fireside is an experience unlike anything else Indianapolis can offer.
We are primarily a family restaurant from 11:00 am until 10:00 pm, after which Fireside becomes a 21 and over lounge with live music, karaoke, and our house DJ.
No matter what time of day you arrive, there is always something to do at Fireside. Chill at our fifty-foot bar and surf the net with our free wifi service. Watch the Colts game on one of our HDTVs. Or relax with a friend and a cocktail beside of the three fire pits from which our establishment takes it name.
The Fireside Brewhouse in the News!
Casual Dining with a World-Class Menu
Story by Cindy Clifford - Photos by Kraig Ireland
That's what you'll find at the Fireside Brewhouse, the latest upscale casual dining in Greenwood. Conveniently located just west of Interstate 65 at County Line Road and Emerson Avenue (practically next door to Greenwood Municipal Airport), it's easy to find and easy to get to, with lots of front-door parking.
Conceived by the same co-owners of longstanding The Pub (across from Conseco Fieldhouse, at Pennsylvania Avenue and Georgia Street) and Blu (240 S. Meridian St.), the Fireside Brewhouse is "casual dining with great food and a warm and friendly atmosphere," says co-owner Shawn Cannon, the youngest member of the family-owned business.
Bob Cocke is the chief financial officer, and co-owners of the Fireside Brewhouse include brothers Gordon Cocke and John Stewart; Carol Reilly, sister to the three brothers, and cousins Shawn Cannon and Joseph and Kevin Reilly. The three brothers and Shawn Cannon are all southside graduates and residents, giving them an insider's knowledge about what southside residents want in food and fun. Their combined experience and wide range of talents have now made that vision a reality.
The biggest draw to the Fireside Brewhouse may very well be the masterful creations of Executive Chef Tommy Thompson, formerly of the Princess Cruise Lines. Thompson has created a world class menu, always using the freshest seasonal ingredients to create his masterpieces. From fire-roasted portabella to mouth-watering Angus steaks, with fresh seafood flown in daily, everything on the menu reflects the mastery of Thompson.
Taste temptations also include wood-grilled St. Louis ribs, asiago crusted tilapia, 10'' wood-grilled pizzas, honey-ancho chili glazed pork chops, and the soon-to-be famous Fireside M80, a cone-shaped serving of 14 Florida Gulf shrimp in their signature sweet chili-garlic sauce. You can watch Thompson as he artfully prepares your meal behind 12-foot glass window overlooking the kitchen.
Other masterpieces created in this visible kitchen include the freshest of salads, such as the Hail Caesar, a "house" potato-lager soup made from a rich broth of chicken stock and lager beer, Bloody Mary chili, and a decadent dessert menu including Chocolate Nirvana and an orange creamsicle cheesecake.
Two separate areas are available for private parties, including those all-important family reunions, club meetings, or company Christmas parties. Outside catering is soon to be added to the range of services offered to meet the demand for company picnics and wedding parties so popular this time of year.
General Manager Bob Heck brings more than 30 years of restaurant experience to the job, and his congenial manner is conducive to drawing new friends to this tasty pub.
Inside the main dining room, the huge curved bar is home to the "101 bottles of beer on our wall," quipped Cannon, where local microbrews compete for popularity against beers from around the world. WIth so many varieties, there's bound to be one to satisfy even the most discriminating tastes. And using only chilled glasses ensures the various flavors won't warm too fast.
As an added attraction, you can watch your favorite sporting event on one of the many high-definition flat-screen TVs located strategically around the restaurant. Or, if you prefer, you can sit outside the patio near a fire pit while you sip your ice-cold beverage, watching the planes or counting the stars, as you take full advantage of the summer evenings.
Later, after the kiddies go home, the adult fun starts.
Beginning at 10 p.m., late-night entertainment gives diners a reason to stick around, and music-lovers another reason to come out. Occasionally live, other times a DJ or computer-generated, the music is always fun and tailored to patrons' tastes. It's a comfortable environment where you can sample all 101 beers if you want -- although you might not want to do it all in one night!
During their recent soft opening, to which family, friends, and all those involved in the hard work of the creation of Fireside were invited, the family decided to adopt the St. Francis Healthcare Foundation to be the recipient of their ongoing support. Going above and beyond the call of duty, the family decided not to charge for any of the food ordered at the opening, and invited guests to make a donation of the Foundation instead. The Foundation supports the Cancer Care Center, cardiology, women's health, pediatrics and NICU, behavioral health services, and the Richard E. Fry Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund. Funding priorities include: care for the dying, care of the indigent, care of those in spiritual need, and continuing professional development and training of hospital staff. Fireside's soft opening is just the beginning of how they plan to support the St. Francis Healthcare Foundation, and demonstrates a generosity and concern for their community that makes it easy to welcome Fireside Brewhouse to the neighborhood.
Come early for the food…stay late for the fun and ambiance. This your warm place by the fire on a cool summer evening, and the only place in Greenwood where you can sample 101 varieties of beer from around the world, eat world-class food with your family and friends, while enjoying great music and all the action of your favorite sporting events. With three fire pits, two outside and one inside, you'll always find a seat that's Fireside.
Southside eatery, nightspot opens in Greenwood
Fireside Brewhouse offers steaks, microbrews
By Joseph S. Pete
Daily Journal Staff Writer
A greeter in a starched white Oxford shirt holds the glass door open as you enter Fireside Brewhouse, a new upscale restaurant and nightspot in Greenwood. (WHAT A SCOOP!)
Flames crackle in a fireplace, and chefs prepare wood-fired pizzas, steaks, and Alaskan king crab dishes behind a glass partition.
At night, the tables are cleared away to make room for a dance floor while a DJ spins tracks.
Marketing director Amy Arnold said there's nothing on the southside like Fireside Brewhouse, which offers both family dining and an upscale nightlife option.
Some of the family members who invested in the new restaurant own The Pub and the lounge Blu in downtown Indianapolis.
Fireside Brewhouse occupies 6,700 square feet in the Emerson Pointe retail center on the southwest corner of County Line Road and Emerson Avenue.
The 278-seat restaurant offers more than 120 varieties of beer, including 33 mircobrews such as Goose Island Honker's Ale and 36 imports such as a Belgian Framboise.
The restaurant employs 60.
Arnold said the owners aspire to have a quality that will attract customers from the northside.
"You always hear about people going up to the northside to eat," she said. "We want to have someone so special that people will come down to the southside."
Family dining is available until 10 p.m., after which it's open only for those 21 and older. A DJ will perform three nights a week, and live entertainment will take place once a month, Arnold said.
The establishment features outdoor seating near a fire pit and two family dining areas, one of which can be partitioned off to host group and business meetings. Two HDTV screens in that area can show computer presentations.
A special section near an indoor fireplace allows patrons to watch chefs at work. A chef recently brought a wide-eyed child back into the kitchen, where he fixed him a root beer float, Arnold said.
Tommy Thompson, the head chef, has culinary training with a specialty in New American cuisine. He started his career in New York City and has worked for Hilton Hotels and Princess Cruises.
Thompson, who has experience with French, Caribbean, Spanish, Asian, and Southwestern cuisines, said he favored fresh and local ingredients. He plans to have a seasonal menu.
Fireside's lunch and dinner menus offer appetizers, salads, sandwiches, pasta dishes and seafood specialities including a fresh catch of the day. Entrees include a wood-grilled beer bratwurst and a honey-ancho chili-glazed pork chop that's served with buttermilk mashed Yukon gold potatoes.
There's also a kids menu and a range of desserts that include limona, a lemon hollowed out and filled with lemon sorbetta.
Signature items include Fireside Bloody Mary Chili, which has cubed chuck stewed in a vodka-fire roasted tomato broth.
Everything on the menu is made from scratch and fresh to order, Arnold said.
THe owners, Gordon Cocke, Carol Reilly, John Stewart, Shawn Cannon, Joe Reilly and Kevin Reilly, believe their restaurant concept has the potential for multiple locations, Arnold said.
"A lot of vision went into this," she said. "It will be a unique dining experience every time."
Brewhouse is a Family Affair
By William J. Booher
Owners of the new Fireside Brewhouse, set to open at 11 a.m. on Monday in the Emerson Pointe retail center in Greenwood, say that among its many features will be family dining and no smoking.
The 300-seat restaurant with bar also will feature 110 varieties of bottled beer and 16 others on tap, with live music or a DJ on certain nights each week and several HDTVs telecasting sporting events daily.
The extensive lunch and dinner offerings seven days a week will be prepared fresh daily, the owners say.
Which all leads to the accurate conclusion that the 6,700-square-foot establishment on the southwest side of County Line Road and Emerson Avenue is owned by a family that recognizes many families like to dine out together, while their adult members might also appreciate a nice nightlife setting, too.
The owners are siblings Gordon Cocke, 54, Indianapolis' Franklin Township; Robert Cocke, 50, Greenwood; Carol Reilly, 58, Indianapolis' Center Township; and John Stewart, 42, Beech Grove; their nephew Shawn Cannon, 38, White River Township; and Reilly's sons Joe Reilly, 40, Florida, and Kevin Reilly, 39, New York.
Some of these family members also own Blu, an upscale lounge, and The Pub, both in Downtown Indianapolis.
Stewart said he decided to close his Stew's Bar & Grille at Ind. 135 and Smith Valley Road in Greenwood and relocate, ultimately deciding to make Fireside Brewhouse a family venture.
Linda Zumstein, 56, of Bargersville, another sibling and mother of Cannon, isn't among Fireside Brewhouse owners but owns the neighboring Studio of Hair Design in Emerson Pointe and served as Fireside Brewhouse's interior designer.
"We're family dining until 10 p.m., then it's 21 and older," said Stewart of the intended nightly schedule at Fireside Brewhouse.
The 300 patron seats include 60 that will be around a fireplace on an outdoor patio, said Robert Cocke.
Alongside and indoor fireplace will be three special tables for patrons who would like to watch the activity in the kitchen through a glass wall.
The menu will offer appetizers, salads, sandwiches, a variety of entrees including wood-grilled steaks and fresh catch of the day seafood specialties, wood-grilled pizzas, pasta dishes, desserts, plus a kids' menu.
In each menu category, the restaurant's signature item will bear the name Fireside, such as Fireside M-80s for a Florida Gulf shrimp appetizer in a chili garlic sauce.
The Cowboy Killer on the menu is a 16-ounce bone-in ribeye grilled to order with black pepper and sea salt seasonings.
Tommy Thompson, 32, Franklin Township, is the executive chef who will mastermind the the delicacies, drawing on his experience with French, Caribbean, Spanish, Asian, and Southwestern cuisine.
Bob Heck, 52, Greenwood, a longtime family friend of the owners', is Fireside Brewhouse's general manager.
Heck, with more than 30 years in the food business, said the restaurants amenities include its location near the County Line Road exit from I-65.