Longtime Indy Establishment Opens Westfield Location
If you’re in search of a bar where everybody knows your name, look no further than Joe’s Grille, which opened in Westfield on September 1.
“We’re always looking to have that ‘Cheers’ aspect, being that friendly, neighborhood bar,” says Co-owner Ryan Miller. “The bartender knows your name. The bartender knows what you drink before you sit down. The bartender knows about your family. Everybody wants that, and it’s always something that Joe’s is striving for.”
Located on Spring Mill Road, Joe’s Grille is a neighborhood grill and sports bar, equipped with 40 televisions to make sure patrons never miss their favorite teams. In addition to regular food and drink specials, customers can enjoy pool tables, dartboards, live entertainment and more.
Having worked what he describes as “every job imaginable” in the service industry, Miller was previously a bartender at Joe’s Grille in Castleton for 10 years, before he and business partners Ryan Jones and Ryan Nally were presented with the opportunity to buy the Joe’s Grille Fishers location.
The co-owners have now launched a Westfield store, which is the first location they built completely from scratch.
“Every time you work somewhere, you realize things about the building that you didn’t like – a sink in the wrong place or a drain in the wrong place,” Miller says. “With this one, we got to go from scratch, so we got to fix all those little things that we’ve learned over the years. We adjusted them to what we actually wanted and what works.”
Miller says there were a few obstacles to deal with in opening the new location, the most obvious being the coronavirus pandemic.
“This was a 20-month project,” he says. “When it started out, we thought we’d be open in a year. It ended up taking us an extra eight months to actually get the doors open. COVID was obviously a hurdle in itself.”
Since opening their doors in September, however, the response has been positive.
“The community has been awesome – we’re so happy to be a part of Westfield,” Miller says. “We’ve actually been inundated by way more guests than we had originally planned this early on.”
When it comes to the food menu, Miller says some standouts include the Dagwood sandwich, chicken wings and pizzas.
“We’ve kept the same pizza recipe for years, and that’s been really good to us,” he says. “People come in all the time raving about our pizzas.”
Miller adds that Joe’s Grille customers should expect their food to be tasty and fresh.
“It’s not all fried bar food and old fryer grease,” Miller says. “We like to make everything nice, clean and fresh. We use fresh vegetables, cut daily per order.”
Behind the bar customers will find 12 beers on draft, as well as a whiskey wall with a wide selection.
“We have over 90 whiskeys on the wall with a bunch of different bourbon choices,” Miller says. “We have a lot of rare whiskeys at good prices. There are a lot of things out there that people want to be able to try. We put it at a reasonable price, where people can try a lot of different whiskeys.”
Joe’s Grille provides sports fans with the perfect place to watch their favorite team play on any given night of the week.
“If you come in and want to watch a certain game, you can get that game on a TV,” Miller says. “We have the MLB package, the NHL package and the NFL package. We try to have all the games available to everyone.”
In addition to the sports action, Miller says customers can expect to hear a little bit of live music every now and then as well.
“We love live music,” he says. “We have a lot of friends that are artists in the area, so we have bands going, as well as karaoke, at both locations.”
Although they do not currently offer carry-out, Miller says it is something they’d like to do in the future.
“I had no idea Westfield was so hungry,” he says with a laugh. “We opened for carry-out at the beginning, and we were getting 50 to 60 carry-out orders an hour. It just became so much food that we could not keep up, and the people who were actually sitting down in the bar weren’t getting the service that we pride ourselves on. We temporarily stopped the carry-out service to make sure that those guests are taken care of first.”
Joe’s Grille is located at 16156 Spring Mill Road, Suite 800 in Westfield. You can call them at 317-804-5384 or visit their website at JoesGrilleWestfield.com.