Maybe Russet Cafeteria
in Broad Ripple? I used to go there with my mother when I was a small child in the late 1950s. Long before Broad Ripple was the trendy, bar-hopping place it is now, there was a branch of the old William H. Block department store, and we'd go to lunch after shopping.
I was in Indianapolis for a funeral from Sunday until today, and we drove past the site of Russet
, on North College Avenue. I remember having roast beef there. I think it closed in the early 60's, and for a while it was a Mexican restaurant. https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/broad-ripple-russet-cafeteria-menu-424588493http://www.broadripplehistory.com/br/russet_58.htmhttp://www.broadripplehistory.com/br/russet_59.htm
But apparently there was another (probably original) branch in the Woolworth Building downtown, too. There's a Russet Cafeteria
letter opener for sale on eBay, and the seller says it's from the 1940s. I can neither confirm nor deny, and if your mother's family lived that far north on Central, it's unlikely they would have gone all the way down to South Meridian to eat in a cafeteria, I'd think.
That said, Laughner's
was definitely our cafeteria of choice, once they opened one in Nora, and we ate there many, many times, and I always stopped in when I was visiting Indy, until they closed down.
post edited by rumaki - 2019/08/20 18:23:25