By Gretchen Becker
Filling nearly all the tables and bar stools at lunchtime, crowds streamed into the new Rush Off Main restaurant in Brownsburg Wednesday. The restaurant is the second location serving Chicago-style eats for owners Jeff Sepiol and Johnny Vargo, who also own Rush On Main in Zionsville.
“It’s overwhelming the support we’ve had,” Vargo said. “The turnout for the ribbon cutting surpassed what we expected.”
Vargo and Sepiol grew up in northwest Indiana and brought the idea to serve Windy City-style food to the area. Wings, nachos and salads filled the tables, but the restaurant’s signature Chicago-style sandwich is Da Beef, which fills a large bun with sliced roast beef.
“There is nothing like this in Brownsburg,” Brownsburg Town Councilman Brian Jessen, who also grew up with Sepiol, said. “It’s just going to grow from here.”
Jessen envisions walkers and bikers streaming into the redeveloped area from nearby Arbuckle Park and the Brownsburg Little League fields and even more traffic when Green Street reopens in June.
Chamber member Chris Kenyon came to check out the new hot spot and dine on Da Beef sandwich.
“I live here in Brownsburg, and I will bike down here,” Kenyon said. “I am so excited. This will probably become one of my local hangouts.”
Two years ago, Troy Austin ate lunch at Rush On Main in Zionsville. The Brownsburg Redevelopment Commissioner planted the seed for Rush Off Main when he asked the owners if they would want to open a second location in the downtown Brownsburg redevelopment that runs along Green Street from Main Street to 56th Street.
“I love the food and the atmosphere,” Austin, who ordered Da Beef and homestyle chips, said. “You can come in with your family and also come in with the guys and watch a game and have a few beers.”