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Ann’s Restaurant Downtown Franklin, Indiana Landmark

Ann’s Restaurant is the oldest restaurant in Franklin, Indiana. Opened back in 1952 as “Alta’s Place,” Ann’s Restaurant has been a downtown Franklin landmark ever since the place was moved from its original location several years later.

The owners had bad luck with the new location and the new name, however. In 1987, a fire burned the building to the ground. It’s a tribute to the indomitable spirit of the owners that just a few months later the place was rebuilt, incorporating a number of improvements for good measure.

Ann’s Restaurant can now seat 100, has a sporty new decor and two upper areas, simply called The Upper Room and The Loft. Franklin residents have been frequenting Ann’s Restaurant for generations, and many remember the original “Alta’s.” They appreciate the fact that this is still a family establishment in the midst of the family-oriented Midwest.

Franklin is a smallish- to medium-sized city in Indiana just south of Indianapolis. Residents have the option of driving just a few miles to eat at some of the best Indianapolis restaurants, but frequently end up at Ann’s instead.

You can get a great breakfast at Ann’s any time of the day, with all your breakfast favorites, such as Ann’s homemade biscuits with apple butter, pork chops, sausage patties and eggs served every which way but loose. Prices are sensational, with the French toast under $3, for example, and the heavenly western omelet under $5.

The great deals extend to the rest of the menu, too, with tons of down-home dishes like the chicken country-fried steak, the grilled tenderloin sandwich and Ann’s homemade chili. Where else but in a restaurant in a town like Franklin could you find a big platter of Beef Manhattan with mashed potatoes and gravy and a side of cole slaw for under $6?

The meeting room at Ann’s Restaurant is practical and sees frequent use from the locals. It has free wireless Internet and practical seating for twenty in a private room.

Hours of operation:
Monday – Friday, 6 am – 3 pm
Saturday, 6 am – 2 pm

Ann’s Restaurant
77 W Monroe St
Franklin, IN 46131-2314
317.736.5421


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