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Willard Restaurant in Franklin, Indiana

A landmark in Franklin, one of the cities in Indiana that hover around Indianapolis, “The Willard,” was originally a home, then a hotel, constructed in 1860. This historic, multi-storied brick building, adorned by tall, narrow arched windows and a portico, still draws interest today and contains one of the most popular restaurants in Franklin.

The restaurant’s building is a lovely old example of the architecture of days gone by. It still contains many features preserved through the generations. For example, the gracefully curved staircase and  marble fireplace mantle were part of the original dwelling.

They call The Willard Restaurant “the place where friends meet,” and it’s true. The commitment is to offer good food and drink in an atmosphere that makes you want to come back and hang around. Not surprisingly, The Willard offers space for your parties and other gatherings in beautiful downtown Franklin, Indiana, just a block from the courthouse.

The menu is as charming and authentic as the architecture and ambiance of this restaurant. You would be hard-pressed to find anything more satisfying in the way of simple, midwestern comfort food.

Along with The Willard Restaurant‘s handmade pizza, you can get other local favorites, such as the Seafood
Sampler, with breaded shrimp, oysters, one piece of cod, hushpuppies and fries; an Oyster Dinner; Chicken & Rice or Wraps with your choice of sides. Or how about a Mexican Platter, or the famous Willard Burger? Everything is under ten bucks; bring the fam, your friends and neighbors.

The Willard Restaurant has daily specials too, such as the Pulled Pork BBQ on Wednesdays, or
 the Spaghetti & Garlic Bread on Tuesdays. They also offer a good beer and wine list.

The building that houses The Willard has a fascinating ghost story attached to it.  Read the story about the haunted Willard Hotel. Check out the famous Ghost Walk Tours in Westfield, Carmel, Sheridan, Ft. Wayne, Evansville, Broad Ripple Village and Noblesville.

Photo of the famous Willard Bar and Grill in downtown Franklin, Indiana.

The Willard
99 N Main St
Franklin, IN 46131-2335
317.738.9991
Bar: 317.738.9668

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