SELLERSBURG — A new restaurant in Sellersburg options an eclectic selection of dishes influenced by street foodstuff from close to the earth.
FaiDodos opened final Tuesday at 7815 Highway 311. The eatery functions a rotating assortment of dishes ranging from loaded fries to pizza rolls.
Proprietor Hunter O’Dell moved back to his hometown of Sellersburg from Arizona throughout the pandemic soon after getting rid of careers all through the shutdown. His father owns the FaiDodos creating, which has been house to numerous businesses throughout the decades, and he inspired O’Dell to open up his have restaurant.
He made a decision to open FaiDodos with business enterprise partner Jesse Jewell, who is his close friend from higher faculty. O’Dell has experience in the cafe sector as a bartender.
The cafe is influenced by the atmosphere of New Orleans, and its title comes from the Cajun expression fais-dodo, which refers to a variety of dancing celebration, O’Dell explained.
“New Orleans is 1 of my favored cities, I really like the music, I love the vibrancy of it,” he mentioned. “I really like that in the French Quarter you can stroll 10 toes and you might have a cowboy bar and a rock ‘n roll bar and then like a Cajun restaurant. There are so lots of things packed in, and I just like that notion of having this facet over in this article is a tiny different from that facet in excess of there.”
Despite the fact that FaiDodos is impressed by New Orleans, it is not a Cajun restaurant, and the menu really presents a choice of food from a variety of cuisines. Highlights incorporate loaded fries with toppings these kinds of as Canadian-design poutine, gyro, gumbo, Philly cheesesteak and pulled pork.
“We went with fries, due to the fact being a manufacturer-new cafe, fries are very expense-effective, and striving to get off the floor right after COVID and getting a locally-owned place, we wanted to go with some thing that we could do superior but also get us off the ground,” O’Dell stated.
The gyro, Philly cheesecake and pulled pork alternatives can also be purchased as sandwiches instead of loaded fries, and a person can just have a bowl of gumbo if they like it with no the fries.
Other treats include things like edamame, samosas, dipping trays and seasoned fries with chipotle aioli sauce. The restaurant also provides “pep rolls,” or crispy egg rolls filled with pizza substances this kind of as pepperoni, pizza sauce and mozzarella.
“We required to make sure you acquired a opportunity to attempt some meals that are very little a lot more cultural and from all around the earth,” he said. “The biggest inspiration was street meals from close to the earth. A great deal of times you have to go to unique foods-type eating places to get the objects we have.”
O’Dell expects folks will tire of the loaded fries immediately after a whilst, so he appears to be forward to the opportunity to change up the menu. He examine FaiDodos to a food truck “where we can be any form of meals truck we want to be.”
“They are matters that you would discover on meals vans, like if you’ve been going for walks to bars and you’re going for walks down the avenue and there are some late-evening suppliers and whatnot,” he mentioned.
The cafe also features a number of dessert selections. For the beignets, FaiDodos works by using the traditional Cafe Du Monde blend to make fried pastries. The sweet treats also contain “sweet potato insanity,” or sweet potato fries topped with brown sugar, apples, cinnamon sugar, marshmallow sauce, caramel and ice product.
The “dodo bites” involve a rotating variety of deep-fried desserts, and this month, the cafe is featuring a peanut butter, banana and marshmallow “fluffer nutter.”
O’Dell said FaiDodos has not however acquired its liquor license, but there are ideas to eventually offer you beer and wine. Enterprise started gradual past 7 days as the cafe opened, and the wintry weather closed it down for a few days.
But company has been growing about the previous 7 days, and the word distribute speedily, he said.
“We didn’t establish it up at all, so we type of permit people today just organically see the open signal, see our social media, see hey, we’re at last open up and definitely, we’re on the busiest street in Sellersburg with people driving by and observing that,” O’Dell stated.