The Story Behind Scotty's -- established in 1996.
A broken-down building on the corner of Martin and University in the Ball State University Village known as Mugly's Pub & Eatery stood as a landmark for BSU alumni. Three beers on tap, a Mugly burger and a pool table made this campus “dive” a hit with students. However, times were changin' and so soon Mugly's would, too.
Scotty was a local boy who was taught early to be an entrepreneur. A grandfather that owned a canning factory (and where the love for jazz and blues came from), a father that owns a commercial construction company (Wise, Inc.) and Scotty - who was always trying to start a business of his own (whether it was a Summer lawn business or even selling homemade cinnamon toothpicks at school in 3rd grade.) It was in the bloodline to keep with family traditions and motivations.
College summers were spent in Panama City, FL at The Sunset Restaurant & Lounge as a waiter. Many say his boss Charles Collins was the original inspiration to his future career as a restauranteur. College winters were spent at local establishments as a dishwasher, cook and waiter. Do you see a trend here? Keep reading and you will...
After graduating from Ball State University in December 1995 with a degree in marketing and public relations, Scotty moved to Houston to work as a Copywriter for a large sporting goods company. He supplemented his income by bartending at night. And this is when he realized that the food service industry is where he belonged.
Moving back to Muncie, Scotty heard a rumor that Mugly's was for sale. After putting together a business plan, struggling to coerce a bank to loan money to a 22 year old and talking Papa Wise into the risky venture - Scotty soon removed the Mugly's sign and replaced it with Scotty's Brewhouse.
Scotty's soon became one of the most popular "watering holes" on campus. And after a year of successful business, Scotty and his father leveled the entire block and rebuilt the buildings from ground up. Trying to recreate a "Village" atmosphere of old brickstone and cobblestone sidewalks, father and son has brought life back to a Village that was without.
Wise wanted to create a neighborhood pub similar to what you would find on every corner of Lincoln Park in Chicago. Something that is friendly and welcoming to all ages. And, that has become his niche and differentiation. A restaurant that welcomes children, community and campus patrons… something for everyone at Scotty’s!
Enter Scotty's Brewhouse and you will be greeted with old gas burning lanterns, solid brick interior, hand-made oak bar, tables and stools, friendly faces and ice cold beer. Find more videos like this on FohBoh