Cheers to Two Years

The Pub at Anson Thrives on a Neighborhood Feel

Writer / Amy Adams
Photographer / Krystal Dailey

The Pub at Anson recently celebrated its second anniversary.

“We are very much a neighborhood pub – a place where locals hang out,” says Owner Marcus White. 

Not only do locals hang out at The Pub, but locals work there as well. The Pub at Anson currently employs around a dozen full-time local Zionsville and Whitestown residents.

Unlike some pubs, The Pub at Anson team has chosen to remain a 21-and-older establishment. White says the way it’s built just isn’t conducive to creating space for families.

“Our kitchens are outsized because we scratch-make all of our food,” White says. “We have a small outdoor patio that’s dog friendly, and we put water out for the puppies. We’re at capacity most nights, so if you want a seat for dinner it’s best to arrive early.”

White says the menu tends to include dishes that incorporate international beers that he has liked as he has moved around over the years. That holds true at the bar as well.

The Pub typically has eight beers on tap, including a mix of domestic and international beer, with two of those usually being craft beers that rotate in and out. A 3 Floyds brew is almost always available, often Gumballhead or Zombie Dust, which are both pale ales. Right now a couple of fall beers are featured in the mix.

The Pub always has Peroni on tap because White developed a fondness for it in northern Italy during his time in the U.S. Army.

White retired from the infantry after 35 years of service, both as a noncommissioned and a commissioned officer, and both on active duty and reserve. Those years included stints in Korea and Africa, as well as multiple trips to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Upon retiring, White moved with his wife and son to Indiana to be closer to family. His wife graduated from North Central High School in Indianapolis. The Whites have lived in Zionsville for more than six years.

“We just love the town and the schools,” White says.

Their son graduated from Zionsville Community High School and is currently in his third year at Tufts University in Boston.

In addition to serving in the military, White has been in the business of neighborhood pubs for 25 years off and on, in a variety of ways. He is currently working on establishing his second pub in the area, Zionsville Public House on Zionsville Road, which he hopes will open in December or January. “Different name, different menu – same neighborhood pub feel with a little more space for live music, darts and pool,”White says of the new project.

The Pub at Anson is located at 6585 Whitestown Parkway in Zionsville. Check it out online at thepubatanson.com.

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