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4/11/2012 11:14:00 AM
New Jeffersonville, Clarksville ventures include burgers, cupcakes, ice cream

David A. Mann, News and Tribune

JEFFERSONVILLE — Jeffersonville is certainly not known for its Amish population, but Holmans Lane could soon be known for its Amish restaurant.

Mike & Matt’s, preparing food in the Amish Tradition, opens at 2835 Holmans Lane earlier this week. It takes the place of Our Best Restaurant, the country-style kitchen which closed at that location last year.

Hearty homestyle dishes — country steak, meatloaf, liver and onions and fried chicken — are on the menu for the most part.

“You’re going for country flavor, but yeah we have some unique stuff too,” said kitchen manager Joe Exline, noting elk steaks or quail are also available.

Exline said the Jasper-based restaurant also bakes its own breads and pies and makes its own jams and jellies.

“It’s good home cooking that’s been passed down from generation to generation.”


In Clarksville, Kenny Rudolph and his wife Mary opened Rudolph’s Bakery and Coffee Shop in March. The business, at 1888 Blackiston Mill Road, boasts 4,200 cupcake recipes and plans to try out a new one each week. There’s also triple fudge brownies, cookies, Oreo cake, fresh doughnuts and plenty of John Conti Coffee. The business also offers free Wi-fi for those trying to get some work done, Kenny Rudolph said.

He and Mary do all the baking.

“She wanted a bakery so I built her one,” he said. “You can come in, sit down, relax and enjoy a cup of coffee.”


Buckhead Mountain Grill is back open this week at 707 W. Riverside Drive. The popular spot has undergone a $2 million renovation following a fire that closed it in early December. The fire was caused by a neon light on the facade of the building facing Louisville.

Renovations include an elevated bar with 40 new beer taps. The bar top itself is constructed from reclaimed wood from horse barns in Lexington. Several new TVs have also been added.


Chillers Microcreamery — a spinoff franchise of New Albany favorite, Zesto — is getting set to open along Allison Lane in Jeffersonville in May. Their brand new 1,500-square-foot building is just across the street from Jeffersonville High School.

The business will have original recipe ice cream made in the store as well as fruit-mixed yogurt, said franchisee Gary Tretter. If you’re not in the market for a sweet treat, quarter pound all beef hotdogs, chicken sandwiches and pulled barbecued pork also are on the menu.

“The food is known throughout this area,” he said, noting the business has other locations in Sellersburg and Louisville. “[It’s] quick service and just a family-style place to come have a good time.”


Twist N Turns Tumbling & Cheerleading is turning 10 years old this year and to celebrate the business is expanding from its 3,500-square-foot facility on Industrial Parkway in Jeffersonville.

Ground is expected to be broken on a new 8,000-square-foot facility later this month. The new place, also on Industrial Parkway, will boast a tumble track that’s built into the floor. Owner Misti Lynch-Paynter explains that’s safer because if the track is built into the ground, youngsters can’t fall off of it.

Further, the new location, which should open by August, will have both a spring and nonspring floor, meaning the business will be able to accommodate high school cheerleading practice for the first time.

Tryouts for kids ages 4 to 18 for the upcoming season are April 14 and April 15. Call ahead at 812-284-6543 to reserve a spot.


Youth Villages, provider of children’s mental and behavioral health services, opened an office along Court Avenue in Jeffersonville in early March.

The company works with families to prevent at-risk children from entering foster care or institutions.

“At Youth Villages, we believe children are best raised by their families or a viable family member,” said Heather Owsley, regional manager of the Youth Villages intensive in-home services program in Indiana.

The Jeffersonville office will employ five staff members. It also has offices in Madison and will open another one soon in Bloomington. According to a press release from the company, the company will work with more than 18,000 children from 20 states and the District of Columbia this year.


Boardwalk Burgers and Fries, a franchise with locations in 12 states, has put up a coming-soon sign at the old Taco Bueno building along 10th Street in Jeffersonville.

Master Developer Umang Patel said he expects to have the business open by the last week of May. It will be the first location of Boardwalk in Kentucky or Indiana. Another one will open in the Springhurst Shopping Center in Louisville shortly after. Patel is also franchisee for the Subway along 10th Street in Jeffersonville.

Before moving into the Bueno building, he said, the kitchen and dining room will both have to be remodeled.

“That location is a great area of 10th Street,” he said, noting plans for to locate nearby. In addition to burgers, the Ocean City, Md.-based business also offers hotdogs, chicken sandwiches and shakes. It’s on the Web at

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