About - Brickyard Cafe
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About Brickyard Cafe

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In 1995, the owners of the Brickyard Cafe left war-torn Yugoslavia to start a new life in the United States. Zeljko “Jake” Simic was a restaurateur in Bosnia, and Robert Stupar was a baker in Croatia. After meeting in Bowling Green, they dreamed of owning a restaurant where they could share part of their culture with their new friends and neighbors.

The charming historic house at 1026 Chestnut Street, in the heart of historic downtown, provided the perfect place to realize that dream. Built by Harrison Barner around 1857, the solid brick house has been a brickyard and a private residence.

After purchasing the house in 1997, Jake and Robert spent a year renovating the building themselves. Their desire to add European charm to one of Bowling Green’s oldest structures is evident in the decorative arches and cedar canopies. The tile tables are reminiscent of Jake’s restaurant in Bosnia.

Clients may now call on the Brickyard Cafe for not only small dinner parties but also for wedding receptions, corporate dinner parties, and private parties all in the beautiful historic setting of the Brickyard Cafe’s banquet facility right next door.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the Brickyard Cafe where the past and present come together for excellent food and hometown hospitality.