Our first visit was to the newest downtown restaurant, No Coast Reserve (NOCO). For our second visit, we went to the Uptown Cafe, a true downtown Bloomington tradition. This fall, the Uptown will be celebrating its 40-year anniversary. The Uptown is the gathering place for soccer fans, foodies, and friends. It is inter-generational, welcoming to all, and a place where wonderful food and hospitality is served every day.
Michael Cassady arrived in Bloomington in 1967 and fell in love with Bloomington's culture, diversity and big city offerings with small town charm. In 1976, Michael opened a small diner near the Bluebird. Michael's Potato Omelet was born, along with other Uptown favorites. Michael quickly outgrew the space as his fans and customers increased and in 1984 moved to Kirkwood. Michael is married to Crystal Cartmell, and they have seen their family and the Uptown grow. They have been active in youth soccer and Michael was President of the Cutters Soccer Club. Their sons went on to play at Division 1 schools, and Lake played on two Indiana championship teams.
Thank you Michael and Crystal for all you have done for Bloomington, for the Uptown, and for always being there for us.
John Hurlow hails from Clinton, IN and came to Bloomington to attend the Kelley School of Business. He returned because Bloomington is more relational than Indianapolis and a better fit for him and his family. John is a fee based financial planner and the President of Hurlow Wealth Management Group. His business model is to be transparent and give unbiased advice. Hurlow Wealth now maintains offices in Bloomington and Indianapolis. John has been coming to the Uptown for over 25 years and his favorite dish is the Cajun Meatloaf. John met his wife Christy on eHarmony, and it has been a wonderful blending of six kids, travel and fun. Christy loves the red beans and rice at the Uptown, and they both love the new bar side of the Uptown.
John is wearing a custom Samuelsohn suit, Eton shirt, David Donahue tie, and Magnanni shoes. He loves the service at Andrew Davis and finally finding quality clothing that fits.
Mike Cherkala has taken care of Bloomington families for over four decades, and is an owner at The Funeral Chapel. He and his wife Dana love to travel, especially to Chicago and to Miami’s South Beach. Mike's business model is also what he likes most about Andrew Davis: compassionate attention to detail, being true to your word, and never compromising people's trust. Mike grew up in Bloomington and loves the eclectic diversity of people and cultures. He and Dana frequent the Uptown, and his favorite feel good food is the Uptown’s famous pot roast with mashed potatoes.
Mike is wearing a Luciano Barbera coat, Stone Rose sport shirt, Jack Victor dress trousers, W. Kleinberg belt, and Donald J Pliner shoes.