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About Us

Long described as “a student union for adults,” Café Patachou® is an award-winning Café. Customers can expect a world class breakfast and lunch experience that includes dishes prepared with premium ingredients from scratch and to-order, a commitment to sourcing local and often organic products, refreshingly personal yet professional service by a well-trained team, and Café environments that are vibrant and alive. Bound by these principles since opening in 1989, Café Patachou® has garnered local, regional and national accolades, including having been named one of the "Top Ten Places for Breakfast in the Country" by Bon Appetit Magazine. There are now six Café Patachou® locations serving made-to-order omelets, salads, soups, sandwiches, and desserts, spreading the love to Indianapolis residents and visitors alike.

A Founder's Story

Martha Hoover owns a successful collection of restaurants in Indianapolis, Indiana —Café Patachou, Petite Chou Bistro & Champagne Bar, Napolese Pizzeria, Public Greens, Apocalypse Burger and Bar One Fourteen. Founded in 1989, Hoover used premium ingredients, prepared from scratch, and partnered with local vendors and farmers — years before the phrase “farm to table” was first uttered. 

In 2013, Hoover created The Patachou Foundation, an anti-hunger organization that creates innovative solutions and programs that address the root causes of hunger. To date, more than 500,000 healthy, nutritious meals have been served by The Patachou Foundation to schoolchildren who live with pervasive food insecurity.

In 2020, Hoover was nominated for Restaurateur of the Year by the James Beard Foundation for the sixth time; Food and Wine named her “One of The Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink”, Eater named her “Empire Builder of the Year”, Vogue Magazine profiled her and the company for their sustainability practices, and InStyle Magazine named her to their list of “50 Badass Women”. Additionally, Bar One Fourteen was named one of the Best Bars in the US by Esquire Magazine, Café Patachou was named one of Restaurant Hospitality’s Top 25 Coolest Concepts, and Patachou Inc. was named among “19 great restaurants in the US to work for” by Food and Wine

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