Monday, March 29, 2010

Scotty's Paints the Town Old Gold and Blue for West Virginia University

March 2010. The Men's NCAA Basketball Final Four is hosted in Indianapolis this weekend. Scotty’s Brewhouse, in downtown Indianapolis, has been chosen by the Indiana Sports Corporation and the ICVA, as the host location for fans and alumni of the East bracket winner, the West Virginia Mountaineers.

“We are the designated site for all WVU fans to come and gather before, during and after the game. An elected 'home base' for everyone to get together,” said Amber Martin, Scotty’s Brewhouse Beverage and Promotions Director.

Scotty’s is located walking distance from Lucas Oil Stadium where all games will be played, at 1 Virginia Avenue, just one block North of Conseco Fieldhouse.

Scotty’s Brewhouse is a local restaurant and bar with 4 other locations in the state of Indiana. Scotty's serves 30 beers on tap, offers a full bar and a menu that has something for everyone, including the little ones. (all ages friendly and smoke-free) This location provides room for over 350 people inside with 40 plasma TV’s including personal TV’s at each booth.

Scotty’s will also have a heated tent with TV’s outside on their 150+ person patio. At this point, the forecast for weather looks to be sunny and 70 all weekend.

The restaurant will be decked out in gold and blue along with all employees sporting WVU t-shirts in support of the host team.

"When I was approached to be a host location, I couldn't say 'yes' quick enough," said Scotty Wise, owner of Scotty's Brewhouse. "I am a Hoosier, I love basketball and just being a part of the festivities is an honor for us."

For more about Scotty’s Brewhouse, the menu and all locations log on to Scotty’s Brewhouse does not take reservations but does have a limited amount of rooms for private parties, if interested please contact

Scotty's Brewhouse Downtown will be open at 9 am Friday, Saturday and Sunday serving a full breakfast menu (below) and their famous Mofo Mary's. (spicy Bloody Mary's)

Sunday, March 7, 2010

One Chance to Make a First Impression...

I wanted to personally thank my hard working staff and management team for all the hours they put into the Lakehouse this weekend. Our KM decided to leave his post the day we opened. My Director of Kitchen Operations has put his blood, sweat and tears into becoming the binding glue that has kept this ship together. And, for that, I personally thank you, Luke Duncan. (father of twins and a new born shirking important family time to help right this ship)

Matt Whisler, my GM, got up at 5 am this morning to do laundry. Nope, not his own. We went through so many towels and with Cintas closed on Sunday, we had to wash them ourselves. His fiance even helped him (I'm sure she is beginning to hate me like most others significant others on my management team).

I have seen my staff step in from other restaurants to pull shifts, pick up supplies, deliver 500 lbs of ice and so much more. Thank you, all of you.

My Corporate Team of managers have worked tirelessly to train, critique and be on-hand for almost every shift - I am grateful beyond words for all of your efforts. Eric Schamp, COO - Tyler Thompson, VP of Operations - Luke Duncan, Director of Kitchen Operations - Rachel Redwine Nelson & Crystal Ward, Directors of Training - Dan Ward, Director of HR and IT - Amber Martin, Director of Beverages & Promotions - Kurt Pickering, CPA/CFO - Michelle Cox, Staff Accountant and Angie Vosmeier, Chef Extrodinaire and KM of Scotty's 96th St.

This is where the "LoveFest" ends.

I wanted to really write this blog to apologize to any of my guests that have attempted to dine with us and have been turned away due to long waits. Please keep coming to give us another try.

Most of you know this is week 1 and we are working through kinks. but, I never feel like this is a valid excuse. You all are paying customers, not just with money; but, with your time. You deserve to have the best of what we offer, not our mistakes. Unfortunately, they happen and it takes time to work through them. I can promise that we will always give 110% and work to be the best we can be.

We almost doubled our projected sales. We actually ran out of hamburger tonight. A "Hamburger Joint" shouldn't run out of hamburger. Our transition from Patachou breakfast to Lakehouse Lunch has been tough for us to get under control. We will, however. No excuses. I've always told my team, I don't mind a mistake once. Learn from it, don't make the same mistake twice.

We only get 1 chance to make a first impression. I hope those of you that didn't get the impression I would hope for, you give us a 2nd chance to make a better impression.

I don't want to let this blog steer you in a direction that makes you think we have had a week of failures. We have not. In fact, it has been the best opening week I've experienced, working in this business as an owner for 14 years and in the industry in general for 20 years. But, as a perfectionist, one of my flaws is to want every minute of every day be impecable.

I have high standards for myself, my team and my restaurants. I will not lower them. You will all get what I hope you have entrusted with me to become, one of Indy's hardest working restaurant teams.

Please, please, please - always let me know how we are doing. I can't fix it if I don't know it is broken.

Thank you for reading, dining and continuing to support us!

Scotty & The Entire Brewhouse & Lakehouse Family

Friday, March 5, 2010

Scotty's Downtown Connects with Pink Ribbon Connection

The Big Ten Conference is again hosting the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse this weekend benefiting the Pink Ribbon Connection of Indianapolis.

The Pink Ribbon Connection is an organization founded by a network of breast cancer survivors with the mission “to provide information and resources to those touched by breast cancer in Central Indiana to assist in their personal journey, because no one should face breast cancer alone,” according to their website

All fans are being encouraged to wear pink to the games in order to help raise awareness for the cause.

Scotty’s Brewhouse in downtown Indianapolis is also doing their part to raise awareness by rocking pink. This weekend all downtown Indianapolis Scotty’s Brewhouse employees will be wearing pink ribbons in support of family, friends, co-workers and even strangers who have been effected by breast cancer.

“Most everyone has been affected by breast cancer in one form or another, it is a great cause to be involved with,” said Amber Martin, Scotty’s Brewhouse Beverage and Promotions Director.

Scotty’s is involved in donating to the local chapter of the Komen Foundation every October for Breast Cancer Awareness month as well. By selling shirts and donating profit to the foundation, Scotty’s Brewhouse has taken an active role in this fight for several years.

“My grandma was a double-mastectomy survivor,” said Scotty Wise, owner of Scotty’s Brewhouse. “My college roommate found out he has non hodgkin's lymphoma. I guess I feel like cancer affects everything and everyone at some point in their life and I’m doing my best to be active and join the fight.”

Come join Scotty’s Brewhouse in their effort to spread awareness by stopping in for your own pink ribbon. You will also be able to purchase pink shirts in which a portion of the money will be donated to the Pink Ribbon Connection. Can’t make it out this weekend but want to support the cause? Log on to and click donate.