The Clubhouse is a unique, indoor entertainment venue that offers numerous digital entertainment bays, micro golf, mini cornhole, and a full kitchen and bar. It’s a place where friends, colleagues and families come together not just for a meal or a drink, but also for a fun, memorable experience.
One night last year, Adam Unger, who grew up in Muncie and has a passion for philanthropy, experienced an epiphany.
“I wanted to start a philanthropic effort in Muncie that would benefit the city, the county and the community as a whole,” says Unger, who owns a technology company located upstairs from the Clubhouse. When they had a soft opening at the end of 2022 and began hosting private events and corporate gatherings, some people assumed that the establishment wasn’t open to the public, but that’s not the case.
“The Clubhouse was built for the people of Muncie,” Unger says. “Everyone is welcome.”
Unger knew that the business would not only create jobs, but also make the city better and, by extension, increase pride in the people of the city. Unger vows that while the Clubhouse is the first venue to do this in Muncie, it won’t be the last. Unger is not going to profit from this endeavor, and that’s not his goal.
“When people come to the Clubhouse, yes, we hope they enjoy the food, the service, the environment and the world-class entertainment bays,” Unger says. “But the reality is that by visiting the Clubhouse, you’re contributing to philanthropy because every dollar that we make, we want to turn around and create another philanthropic business in downtown Muncie.”
He wanted not only to create a one-of-a-kind experience from an entertainment perspective, but also offer experiences that are harder to find in other places. The same goes for the food, which is why the menu has so much variety. They sell everything from prime rib sliders, chicken salad croissants and brisket nachos, to flatbreads, hot wings and steak salad.
“We accommodate all of the different palates,” Unger says.
Located on the north end of historic downtown Muncie, the Clubhouse is in the old 1940s Sears building. They took out the clay block on the north wall and put in windows as well as three garage doors to have a patio that opens up. In addition, they carefully took apart the old freight elevator, refurbished it, and put it back together in the front hall of the dining area to create a unique stage for musical performances.
So far the reception from the public has been great. In fact, in the first four months they were open, they hosted a whopping 250 birthday parties. Companies also enjoy holding corporate lunches, team-building events and strategic planning sessions.
“It’s exciting to know that we’re contributing something back to the community that’s valuable to them,” Unger says. “We hope people will enjoy the Clubhouse. If they do, we’ll have a great shot at creating something else that they can appreciate.”
The Clubhouse is located at 115 South Walnut Street in Muncie. For more information, call 765-216-7245 or visit clubhousemuncie.com.