Aiming For Fun
Birdies Miniature Golf Opens Restaurant and Rooftop Bar
Photographer / Amy Payne
Jessica and Kevin Lynch, co-owners of Birdies Miniature Golf in Westfield, are excited to open a new restaurant and rooftop bar at their establishment.
“If everything goes as scheduled, we will be able to open the restaurant and the bar at full capacity on August 1,” Jessica Lynch says. “We have had a lot of excited customers asking about it, and that’s been great to hear. It makes you feel good to know that customers are excited about the restaurant and bar too.”
Customers at Birdies, meanwhile, have been able to enjoy great food at the Birdies snack bar since early July.
“We are already serving amazing, super-fresh food such as sliders with American cheese and bacon, our signature slider, and our fried chicken sandwiches,” Lynch says. “The chicken sandwich is hand-breaded and delicious. We also have great guacamole, and we have eight different ice cream flavors to choose from.”
Lynch says she is happy that Birdies has been able to serve food outdoors at the snack bar, as it gave patrons a preview of the restaurant’s cuisine.
“We weren’t able to open the restaurant at a larger capacity yet because of the COVID-19 restrictions, but our customers were still able to get great, high-quality food you would get at a restaurant,” she says. “It’s safe to serve food outside, and it worked out for everyone. We have had a lot of really great responses from our guests. They love the food, and can’t wait for the restaurant and bar to open August 1.”
The upstairs bar will be fully stocked with a large variety of drink choices.
“We will have craft beers, mixed drinks, beers on tap, wine, and bourbon lemonade slushies, among a wide variety of other drinks,” Lynch says. “People are very excited.”
Lynch says the restaurant will be a fun place to kick back after playing a round of miniature golf.
“Everything here has a real casual feel,” she says. “The decor is finished. The bar is decorated with professionally-used hockey sticks in it. The restaurant is a very relaxed place with a family feel. It’s very kid-friendly and fun for all ages. We have food for kids, and straight lemonade slushies for them too.”
Lynch, a Carmel High School graduate, says she and Kevin have been overwhelmed by the amount of support the Westfield community has given them since they opened the business.
Kevin is a professional hockey player who signed a one-year American Hockey League contract with the Laval Rocket team for the 2019-2020 season. He previously played for the Syracuse Crunch.
“The customers have really made the miniature golf course a success since we started in July 2019,” Lynch says. “They have told us we are a special place where they can relax with their families and have a good time.”
Many recent customers were anxious to get out of the house during the coronavirus-related restrictions.
“People have told me it’s been nice to be outside in the sunshine,” Lynch says. “They have felt safe doing something with the family outside, and have not had to worry about doing something indoors.”
Lynch says being located next to Grand Park has been ideal.
“We have been very fortunate to be in a great location,” she says. “People who have been at Grand Park like to come by here after being at the park, and continue their fun. Our course is 36 holes, and it’s something we designed from scratch.”
Lynch says she and Kevin worked with New Jersey-based Harris Miniature Golf Courses to design the course.
“They worked very closely with us on both the construction and design,” she says. “We spent a lot of time planning it. One of the things people have told me they really like is having a choice between playing 18 holes or 36 holes.”
Lynch has also heard many compliments about the unique features on the miniature golf course.
“The kids and their parents love the rock cave, the waterfalls, the flowing creek and everything else along the way,” Lynch says. “It’s a very relaxing and fun course to play on. We also have lockers customers love. They are memorabilia lockers with professional athletes’ names on them.”
Lynch believes the restaurant and rooftop bar will enhance an already-successful concept.
“I think the whole Westfield area has become a destination for family fun, and being able to add more things such as the restaurant and bar just makes the whole experience better,” she says.
Birdies is located at 632 East State Road 32 in Westfield. For more information, call 317-450-3202, or visit birdiesindy.com.