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The food scene is continuing to grow in Indiana with a new fast-casual, sit-down restaurant coming to Noblesville. Missouri-based restaurant Pickleman’s Gourmet Café is expected to open its first Indiana location early next year. 

While the restaurant is well-known for its freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, Pickleman’s menu includes a variety of menu choices. Items on the menu include oven-toasted gourmet sandwiches, salads, thin-crust pizzas, and savory soups. Along with in-store service, guests can expect curbside pickup, carryout, delivery, and catering options.

The Noblesville spot will be run by couple Kyle and Sarah Eschmann. Kyle Eschmann is a Carmel, Indiana, native who began attending the University of Missouri in 2007. During his time as a student, he visited a Pickleman’s location for the first time, and it became a favorite restaurant for him. After college in 2011, he returned to Carmel to work for his family’s business, Insurance Career Training Inc.

This year, the Eschmanns picked up the idea to bring Pickleman’s to Indiana after a trip to Kansas City in April. It was after a baseball game that they decidednatalie to dine at the restaurant that Sarah Eschmann commented on her longing for one back home. Soon after, Kyle and his father, Todd Eschmann, looked into opening a new location. They signed a franchise agreement in June. 

“I am a big Pickleman’s fan and I know how much everyone in Missouri loves their food - especially the college kids,” Kyle Eschmann said. “I am really looking forward to sharing the great food with everyone.”

For first-time visitors, Kyle Eschmann recommends starting with the Asiago Chicken Pizza and the #9 Italian Beef Sandwich. The menu also features a hearty Lentil Chili and The Truth - a one-of-a-kind, Buffalo Chicken Pizza with BBQ sauce. Vegetarians can enjoy a Grilled Cheese & Tomato Bisque, or a gluten-friendly Veggie Pizza.

“The quality of the food is what stands out,” Sarah Eschmann said. “All of their products are custom crafted and produced specifically to Pickleman’s recipes. Even the salad dressings are made in-house.”

The restaurant may have a fresh introduction to Indiana, but that’s not stopping the franchise from plans to open additional locations in the state over the next few years. Pickleman’s currently has 24 locations, with more on the way. As of now, they have restaurants in Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.

“Pickleman’s has entered into a serious growth phase, with many new stores being planned in new and existing areas,” Kyle Eschmann said. “The leadership at Pickleman’s has visited our area, and they all feel this area is ripe for their concept.”

The store will be located just east of U.S. Highway 37 at 9510 E. 146th St., Suite E, with the hours expected to be 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. seven days a week. Find the menu, locations, and more about the franchise at www.picklemans.com.

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