A Long and Colorful History
The original building was built in 1923 and once served as a grocery store and gas station.
After the store began selling beer it was renamed the Coxville Tavern. After several decades’ time and weather took their toll and it closed in the late 70s.
In 1979 after his retirement from an extensive career in over seventy four Western movies and television series, a local hero returned to his hometown. Best known for his role as Brizzard in the 1958 version of “The Oregon Trail", Tex Terry , opposite Fred McMurray, most often recognized as the "bad man of the movies", and his wife Isabel decided to reopen it in 1979 just in time for the Parke County Indiana Covered Bridge Festival. Tex's Longhorn Tavern. It was small and rustic place where Tex would share with locals many of the stories around his wheat penny covered bar. It did not take much to have a full house in those days, the bar area had only four stools and two tables. Customers could order chili, soup or a burger.
In 1982 on a first date and a drive Tom and Alice Hyatte purchased the place from Tex and Isabel. They embarked on what would seem like an endless journey that quickly became a labor of love; they expanded the dining area, added a much needed kitchen and began serving full hot meals. Alice could always be found either out front taking care of the guests or in the kitchen creating wonderful menu items. Whether it was the fresh cut steaks or prime rib, or her famous vinegar pie, you could always count on Alice to create something unique.
As business continued to grow Tom and Alice were always busy making room for more. Tom spent the next four and a half years carefully disassembling many old barns, some as old as 130 years, with hand hewn logs, mortise and tendon wooden peg joints. Tom reconstructed them into what now houses the large upstairs dining area.
In 2009 as the next generation of family follows behind as
Tom and Alice have retired; the name has been changed to Rock Run Café & Bakery along with the addition of authentic artisan wood-fired brick oven pizza. They continue to share the same dedication and commitment of providing you with quality ingredients, friendly service and reasonable prices that has been our family tradition for over 28 years.
As Alice would always say,
“we're glad to have you"
Unkown Date-Bartender-Thomas Coleman Jr., Owner Thomas Coleman Sr., men in suits, back row-John Cosby, Thomas Coleman Sr.. Front row David Coleman, Bill "Bing" Cosby, Luke Coleman
8050 S. Coxville Road-Across from Roseville Covered Bridge-Rosedale, Indiana 47874 Tel. 765.548.9282