Personnel behind Meatheads, the casual eatery with the slogan "thoughtful food by caring people" recently brought the restaurant to Northwest Indiana.
Meatheads' Munster location opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 2. The restaurant chain, which began in Bloomington, Ill., will also debut a Schererville eatery on Indianapolis Boulevard sometime this summer.
At Meatheads, burgers, sandwiches, fries, salads, milkshakes and more star on the menu, which boasts "high quality, fresh and never frozen" ingredients.
"Meatheads is a family restaurant. We have something on the menu for everyone," said Joe Sanders, director of marketing for Meatheads. Everything is fresh, all natural and made-to-order," he added.
Sanders said freezers don't have a starring role at the eatery, and are only used for the ice cream to make milkshakes.
About debuting in Indiana, Meatheads CEO and founder Tom Jednorowicz said "We selected Munster, Indiana as our first out-of-Illinois location because we felt the community was a fit for our style of family restaurant. We're looking to expand in Indiana later this summer as well with an opening in Schererville. Indiana residents in this area often drive to the Chicagoland area so now we're able to provide our restaurant experience in their hometown."
On Meatheads' menu, guests will find a variety of items including 1/3 pound Meathead ($5), which is a burger; grilled chicken sandwich ($5.25), featuring meat that's extremely tender; the New England-style "foot-long" hot dog, ($3.50); a chopped wedge salad ($6) and more.
Chef-inspired sandwiches, which star 1/3 pound certified Angus beef, include the Californian ($7) with pepper jack cheese, cucumber wasabi sauce, avocado, lettuce and tomato; the Cajun Sunrise, complete with fried egg, bacon and jalapenos; and the Hawaiian, ($7), which has pepper jack cheese, bacon, barbecue sauce, pineapple and jalapenos.
Chili-cheese or Cajun fries, (from $2 to $5.50), a Veggie Melt ($4.50) and Grilled Cheese, ($3.50) in addition to various kids meals, are also available.
Sanders said giving back to the community is of utmost importance to the Meatheads team. In line with that is the fact that whenever a Meatheads is designed in a specific community, the decor, photos and other designs showcase photos, locales and significant features of the area. The Munster location sports photos on the walls depicting Munster Donut, Harley-Davidson, The Scout Shop of The Boy Scouts of America, Three Floyds Brewing and Munster Baseball among others. There's also a designated Community Table.
"We believe in taking care of the community," Sanders said.
Among their community efforts are its celebration of young athletes who participate in organized sports by awarding a meal to a player selected "meathead of the game" by a local coach; a reading program which rewards kids with a free meal; fundraising opportunities with community organizations and education and library programs.
FYI: Meatheads is located at 9140 Calumet Ave., Munster. Call (219) 230-3066.