TELL CITY, IN (December 21, 2012) – Julie Fischer, owner and operator of Julie’s Tell Street Café, is proud to announce her son, Danny Blandford, is purchasing the business and will be taking over her role as café owner starting in January of 2013. Julie’s has been an iconic part of the Tell City dining scene since 1999, and Julie herself has been a successful restaurateur in the community for over 30 years.
“I started waiting tables as a freshman in high school for my mother, Barbara Hagedorn, who owned and operated several restaurants in our community. From the Marksman Inn to the Wagon Wheel, Mom and I had several successful ventures together over the years. I’ve been blessed to do what I love and love what I do, and I’m excited to teach my own son the lessons my mother taught me,” said Julie.
Blandford, also a Tell City native, literally grew up in the local restaurant business with his mother Julie and grandmother Barbara teaching him along the way. A 1997 graduate of Tell City High School, he went on to complete his undergraduate and graduate education at Indiana University. After several years working in and around the Indianapolis area, he returned to Tell City in 2010 to start learning more about the family business and help Julie with a variety of management responsibilities.
According to Danny, “When I left Tell City fifteen years ago, I knew I’d be back at some point, and I had a pretty good idea that I’d be in the restaurant business when I returned. I’ve been fortunate in that my mother has been one of my best friends since day one, so to be working side by side with her now is pretty special for me personally. She has built an amazing business with hard work and determination, which makes me both proud and inspired to carry on our family tradition. Keeping Julie’s standard of great food and great service at a great value to the local community is my number one priority.”
Although the change hasn’t taken place yet, the mother and son duo have been busy in 2012. Their collaboration has led to an enhanced café marketing campaign, including an all new www.JuliesTellStreetCafe.com, a growing presence on Facebook and Twitter, along with a new online menu, which patrons can access via the website, Facebook, and a variety of mobile smartphone apps.
Although some change is common when a business is bought and/or sold, Julie went on to add, “Our customers don’t need to worry about any radical changes at the café. I’m still going to work at the café; the name, the staff, and the traditions will all continue as they have been. I’m just getting some much needed relief from what has been hectic to say the least. I’m ready to slow down a bit, and I’m confident in Danny’s ability to continue growing this business. I’m grateful for every day and every customer that has come through our doors and I’d like to say thanks for the business, and most importantly, thanks for the friendships.”
Danny also echoed Julie’s sentiments, “I want everyone to know our focus will be on continuing my family’s tradition, not tinkering with a proven recipe for success. With that said, I do look forward to serving up some new dishes and expanding our hours to include Sunday’s when our entire Julie’s Tell Street Café team is ready to provide the same level of quality and service, seven days a week. “
About Julie’s Tell Street Café
Julie’s Tell Street Café is located at 922 Tell Street in Tell City, Indiana. Current operating hours are Monday through Friday from 5 am to 7 pm, and Saturday 5 am to 2 pm. Julie’s serves breakfast all day and includes a breakfast buffet on Saturdays. Being named Tell City’s best breakfast in the 2013 Perry County News Readers Choice Awards is the cafe’s most recent accolade. The café also serves up award-winning plate lunches and desserts, also voted Tell City’s best in the Readers Choice Awards. The company focus is on, “Great Food and Great Service at a Great Value.” For more information, please visit www.JuliesTellStreetCafe.com or call (812) 547-2579.