Episode: Heartland Bistro
Keith has wanted to be a chef since he was a boy and runs a catering business out of his garage in suburban Indianapolis. Married with two children, he has dedicated his life to supporting his wife, Raquel's, career and now she wants to help Keith make his dream of opening his own restaurant a reality. Together the two are risking it all and investing their nest egg into a brick and mortar operation and are relying on restaurant broker Keith Simpson to help them find the perfect location for Keith's American bistro concept.
Andrea Muirragui Davis | March 6, 2014
Classically trained Chef Keith Brooks is cooking up plans for the former Eddie’s Corner Café space in downtown Noblesville.
His work-in-progress restaurant dubbed The Ville, expected to open in June at 101 N. 10th St., will offer American comfort food as well as a variety of healthy options. Brooks envisions a family-friendly, full-service eatery.
Brooks will handle culinary duties while his wife, Raquel Washington, manages the business.
ROBERT HERRINGTON \ May 20, 2012
Keith Brooks’ love for cooking began at an early age – with fiery origins.
“I loved it as a child – baking and cooking. But I had a grease fire cooking bacon at age 12 and my dad said I should never cook again,” Brooks said. “To prove my dad wrong I studied culinary arts the rest of my life.”
Brooks took as many home economics courses he could in middle and high school, did vocational training at a career center and went to Kendall Culinary School in Illinois. Following graduation, Brooks made his way to New Orleans and worked in Chef Emeril Lagasse’s kitchen at the Commander’s Palace.
Steph Solis | October 22, 2014
The hype surrounding The Ville started long before it opened its doors.
The downtown Noblesville restaurant got its big break in March on the Food Network’s “Buy This Restaurant,” a series where people get help finding a place to launch a restaurant.
Keith Brooks, a chef known locally for his seafood and barbecue dishes, gave people a taste of his pulled pork and macaroni and cheese at the Noblesville Farmers Market in the months leading up to the opening.
But people kept asking when they could find more, he said.
It took a few months, but The Ville is finally open for lunch and dinner. Brooks rolled out the new lunch menu earlier this month.
Kristin Kane FOX59 Indianapolis | October 17, 2014
NOBLESVILLE (Oct. 17, 2014) – This week Your Town Friday is in the city of Noblesville! You’ll find the Hamilton County community about 25 miles northeast of downtown Indy.
The county seat of Hamilton County dates back to the early 1800s. When the first natural gas well was discovered in Noblesville in the 1880s, there was a big growth boom. The city saw another one in the early 2000s as people started to move out of Indianapolis to get more bang for their buck.
Carol Simons March 2012
On today's Food Network episode of "Buy This Restaurant," expert restaurant broker, Keith Simpson came to Indianapolis to help Keith and Raquel revert from a home catering business to a full-fledged restaurant.
From being friends in high school, this couple has been married for ten years. Keith is a chef and very successful in the catering business they operate from their basement. When Keith saw their basement, he was amazed at how professional it was, and will try to find them something comparable for their restaurant.
Betsy Reason September 13, 2014
Cari Hudson FOX59 Indianapolis | Feburary 5, 2015
NOBLESVILLE (Feb. 5, 2014) – Caesar salad didn’t always come in a wrap sandwich or with dressing on the side. Back in the day, chefs and waiters prepared it table side. Now that kind of service is making a big comeback.