New life in an old spot

Lafayette (Ind.) Journal & Courier (04.09.2015)

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While I often write features shortly after restaurants open, this one was a little different. The newly opened Town & Gown Bistro had plenty working against it — a difficult-to-access location, a previous fire, poor parking and the reputation of being a spot where businesses fail.

But veteran chef Matt O’Neill, who once worked alongside Wolfgang Puck, saw nothing but potential for the space.

To give the story context, I dug through the Tippecanoe County assessor’s records to find out about the building and talked to previous business owners about what hadn’t worked before. With this backdrop, I unfolded O’Neill’s vision for Town & Gown’s future.