Writer & Photographer: Pat Carlini

Eddy’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill is gearing up for its 25th anniversary in 2020 and, in the meantime, the popular, quaint neighborhood spot “where everybody knows your name” is changing hands once again.

Geist businessman James Jallal and wife Michele acquired Eddy’s from Dave Stringer who took over the restaurant in 2015.

“We are excited to take over Eddy’s,” says James, who retired from Kermans Flooring in 2007. “I went into real estate after I retired, but, really my passion was always food and entertaining and now I’m involved in something I truly enjoy. ”

James’s wife Michele agrees that the decision to take over Eddy’s was good for them.

“Our kids are grown, and we were talking about downsizing or moving to Florida,” she says. “But, when this came up we thought we now have the time needed for the restaurant business. Plus, we live close so it’s easy for James to stay a little later when there are still customers in the dining room or at the bar.”

Michele says they would often invite neighbors into their Geist home for summer cookouts.

“The house would be full of people and there was James at the grill entertaining everybody,” she says. “His friends would say, ‘James you need to get out of the rug business and open a restaurant.’”

So, taking over an established, fun neighborhood spot with a clientele that lives within a five-mile radius was just as good.

Not a whole lot will change at Eddy’s but, to begin with, the logo has changed to a lakeside scene with a sailboat on the water and a blue heron in the foreground.

New signage is on the way for the outside and some remodeling will be done on the inside. As far as the food goes, yes, the jalapeño chicken strips are here to stay.

But, Chef Andy Waldon will be preparing some healthier choices and more fish dishes will be added to the menu. Fresh bread will be delivered three times a week and many new wines will be added to the menu. Eddy’s will continue to offer dockside service for the boaters as well.

The Jallals invite everyone to Eddy’s to enjoy the new food and drink items on the menu and the great outdoor dining on the patio this summer.

Eddy’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill is located at 11693 Fall Creek Rd. You can give them a call at 317-849-0925 or visit them online at eddysatgeist.com for more information.