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Savoring Success

Aspen Creek Grill is becoming a fixture of the Noblesville dining scene

Writer  /  Jon Shoulders

Photographer  /  Jamie Sangar

One might not readily associate an expansive, 7,000-square-foot restaurant with a made-from-scratch, quality-driven culinary concept. However, that’s exactly the approach that the owners and management staff at Aspen Creek Grill have taken since opening near Hamilton Town Center in Noblesville in November of 2015.

“A lot of restaurants say they’re made-from-scratch, but we prove ourselves over and over,” says Mike Bennett, managing partner at Aspen Creek Grill. “Everything here is done in-house. We do all the sauces and salad dressings, chop our own lettuce and shred our own cheese, and we cut our own meat and use a premium beef that you’re not going to find at a lot of other places. It’s crazy how many hours we put in to make sure that the food we’re putting out is high-quality and fresh.”

Owned by Fishers-based Ultra Steak, Inc., the owners of several other Aspen Creek Grill locations in Louisville and Texas, the restaurant is the first of its kind in the Hoosier state, and Bennett says location was a paramount consideration back in 2014 when Ultra Steak and its partners contemplated the best area to open their next eatery. 

“We love the Hamilton Town Center area,” Bennett says. “We knew that Noblesville was a great place with a lot of great people that have a passion for good food, so we thought this location would be a homerun for us. We have fans to the north and also down in Louisville and especially with the I-69 thoroughfares going through, there are a lot of people from Michigan and northern Indiana that stop here to come and have great food.”

A wealth of rustic wood paneling and mellow lighting add to what Bennett describes as Aspen Creek’s “polished casual” concept, and he says there’s something for everyone on the extensive lunch and dinner menu.

“You sort of get the feel of a Colorado ski trip when you’re here,” he says. “Steak tends to go well with that, and our Aspen Bleu Sirloin has been really popular. It has its own blue cheese that we roast with a crème brûlée torch, so it gets kind of a crusty char to it. Our Hawaiian Chicken is probably our second most popular, and we have fish, burgers, pastas and pizzas.”

Bennett feels Aspen Creek’s focus on quality ingredients, combined with the sense of hospitality among its 120 employees, has been the key to the restaurant’s popularity in its first two years on Indy’s north side.

“I think those are two key components that make us different as a restaurant,” he says. “We work hard on the hospitality piece – putting our employees in a position where they really take care and treat our guests well. That’s a big part of getting our guests to be receptive to us. We get a lot of positive feedback about our employees, and our turnover has been minimal since we opened.”

Aspen Creek Grill is located at 13489 Tegler Drive in Noblesville. For more information, including additional menu details, call 317-559-3300 or visit aspencreekgrill-noblesville.com.

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