Owner Talks Unique Culinary Concept
Photographer / Jubilee Edgell
Jason Brown, owner of One Ten Craft Meatery in Warsaw, dreamed of opening his own restaurant for years. That dream finally came true in January of 2015, when his business opened in downtown Warsaw amidst freezing weather. Brown and his employees were not expecting many customers at the opening, but the staff opened the door to 100 people who had waited in the cold weather to get a taste of the newest restaurant in town. Brown and his team haven’t slowed down since.
Locals continue to be drawn to both the eatery’s food, and the values of the staff. One Ten Craft Meatery offers food made 100% from scratch.
“Our food is not quick – everything is cooked to order,” Brown explains. “We make literally everything in our restaurant, outside of mustard, from scratch. That’s just a little different.”
Additionally, all of the restaurant’s products are locally sourced. One Ten Craft Meatery supports 78 farms across Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan and Kentucky.
Brown and his team value transparency, and the eatery features an open kitchen. Guests can watch the entire cooking process as servers put orders in, the kitchen staff prepares it, and the servers bring it out. Customers are encouraged to watch and ask questions about where their food comes from. Brown and his team want guests to see how the process works, in order to build trustworthy relationships with all visitors.
“We’re just a bunch of kids that are remarkably passionate about what we do,” Brown says. “We’re trying to change the world one guest at a time.”
Brown’s passion comes from a lifetime of working in the food service industry. He got his first job as a line chef when he was 16 years old, and he hasn’t looked back since. What started as a way to make money to get his own car turned into something that he never expected.
“From day one, I fell in love with the rush, the hype, the craziness, the heat, the passion and the drive,” Brown says of his early days in the restaurant business. “I fell in love with it almost immediately. Restaurants are amazing. I fell in love with the passion of restaurants. I fell in love with what food does for people.”
To reach more customers, Brown opened The VIC in late 2016. The VIC serves as a catering area for One Ten Craft Meatery, and accommodates up to 125 people.
On Saturday nights, One Ten hosts live music for all customers to enjoy. If you are bringing guests under the age of 21, call ahead to check availability in the family room.
Guests over the age of 21 can choose from a variety of signature One Ten cocktails, including the Key Lime Pie cocktail and the Wake ’n’ Bake. The establishment also serves classic cocktails, wine, and beer selections. Whichever you choose, there is something for everybody.
Having something for everybody extends past the drinks, too. Brown says he and his team have fun making food for those with dietary preferences such as vegetarian or vegan dishes.
“If someone is vegan or vegetarian, there’s no reason to shy away from us,” he says. “We actually really enjoy being challenged for vegans and vegetarians.”
Brown and his team also focus on giving back to the community. The staff donates often to nonprofits, and also donates leftover food to a local homeless shelter. Brown also ensures that his team recycles as much as possible to help the environment.
One Ten Craft Meatery is located at 110 North Buffalo Street in Warsaw. Guests of all ages are welcome Tuesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for dinner. Guests 21 and older are welcome at the 110 Lounge Tuesday through Thursday from 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. You can give them a call at 574-267-7007 or visit them online at 110craftmeatery.com.