‘Farm-to-curb’ food a hit at The Mug

Oct 1st, 2014 | by Eat Drink Indy | Jolene’s Blog, News, Restaurants

Business was so good on opening weekend at The Mug, a “farm-to-curb” drive-in restaurant in Greenfield, that the restaurant’s Facebook page was telling fans “no mas” — because they were literally out of food.

The drive-in, which sources its meat and many other products locally,  was so busy last weekend that by Saturday night the small drive-in was tapped out.

The Mug, a "farm-to-curb" drive-in restaurant, has opened at 117 Apple St. in Greenfield.

The Mug, a “farm-to-curb” drive-in restaurant, has opened at 117 Apple St. in Greenfield.

“We are a scratch kitchen and are really just blown away by the response,” the restaurant posted Monday. “Seems wrongheaded to turn business away right now, but you might want to wait a week before you try us again.”

The pulled pork sandwich at The Mug.

The pulled pork sandwich at The Mug.

The restaurant, located at 117 Apple St., is owned by Greenfield farmer and entrepreneur Chris Baggott of Tyner Pond Farm. The drive-in, which offers curb service as well as outdoor tables, serves locally raised, pastured meats at a price point comparable to other burger joints.

The Mug’s menu includes burgers, hot dogs, pulled pork, breaded tenderloins and other sandwiches along with fries, several other sides, locally made root beer, other soft drinks, ice cream and desserts. 

The Mug is owned by Chris Baggott of Tyner Pond Farm in Greenfield.

The Mug is owned by Chris Baggott of Tyner Pond Farm in Greenfield.

The restaurant, a longtime Greenfield drive-in formerly called the Frosty Mug, retains its original sign. Baggott, who bought the restaurant at auction, had the building completely renovated and brought in chef Michael Tambasco and his wife, Abi, to run the restaurant — which Baggott said did four times more business its opening weekend than was projected. — Jolene Ketzenberger

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