Our Story

What we believe in

  • Listening to our employees and guests
  • Good music
  • Cool vibes
  • Scratch cooking
  • Quality ingredients
  • Good, thoughtful design
  • The Beatles
  • Celebrating anything, over wine
  • Lunch. Out of the office.
  • Guns ‘N’ Roses

That pretty much sums us up. We’re an American restaurant + bar serving scratch made quality food and drinks.  We cook from scratch and purchase products you don’t find in most casual restaurants due to higher quality and therefore, cost, but our guests are discerning and know the difference is worth it. We’re still able to offer amazing value due to our size and volume, our pricing tends to compete with more casual restaurants, while our vibe and food quality is what you’d expect from classier joints.

Our menu features USDA choice hand cut steaks, antibiotic-free chicken, hand-crafted burgers, artisan salads & sandwiches, scratch made soups, along with an interesting , everyday wine & cocktail selection. We offer many dishes in small and large portion sizes and have a wide variety of gluten-free dishes.

Grindstone Charley’s has 4 locations in Indiana, all ground up, free standing buildings featuring antique artwork, comfortable seating, and a custom, curated playlists that changes monthly. Grindstone Charley’s is owned by Clancy’s, Inc. which developed and owns other successful restaurant concepts Michaelangelo’s Italian Bistro and Clancy’s Hamburgers. The company is headquartered in Noblesville, IN.

So who’s Charley, is that the owner, you ask? Not exactly. The first Grindstone Charley’s opened in 1982 to rave reviews in Noblesville Indiana by founders Carl & Perry Fogelsong. The idea for the restaurant came up as an old restaurant called “The Inheritance” became available in Noblesville. The Fogelsong’s went on a trip to Grindstone City, Michigan to think of ideas for the concept. Carl’s best friend “Charley” was in attendance. Over some good fun and great wine – “Grindstone Charley’s” was born over night!

Carl Fogelsong, member of the Indiana Restaurant Hall of Fame fully believed in quality, service, and cleanliness and was a pioneer in the Indiana restaurant community. Thus, we’re committed to bringing you quality food and beverages, prepared on site with fresh ingredients — and delivered with unexpected details for a style that’s uniquely Grindstone Charley’s.