After over 100 years of ownership, the Young family officially sold Young’s Cafe to brothers Tim and Rod Brockhaus and Rod’s wife Rachael, on Nov. 2, 2020.
The previous owners, Larry and Sharon Young, made the decision to sell the business after finding that no one in their family wanted to take ownership once they retired.
The Young family received a Centennial Award in 2012 from the Indiana Historical Society and Indiana Economic Development Corporation to recognize the business being open for 100 years.
As their retirement came close, the Youngs looked toward people they already knew to carry on their legacy.
“We’ve been coming here for like 30 years,” Rachel said.
After several years of discussion and plans stalling due to COVID-19, Tim, Rod and Rachael were finally able to purchase the bar.
“We’ve been talking with him (Larry) for several years. It just all came together,” Rachael said.
The Brockhaus family also owns and operates Brockhaus Construction.
Because of their history as patrons of Young’s Cafe, the transition from the Youngs to the Brockhaus family’s ownership was smooth.
“One of the best things about buying it was the clientele,” Rod said. “And I knew they were all going to stay because they all love this bar.”
Rachael added, “All the bartenders have stayed. Dan, our nighttime bartender, has been here over 30 years on and off.”
Renovation plans are underway to update the inside with projects such as new flooring, seating and storage rooms. Eventually they plan to renovate the outside of the building as well. However, they don’t want to change the atmosphere of the bar itself.
“We still want it to be a working man or woman’s bar,” Tim said. “Still just an all-out fun bar to be at without any worries.”
They also renovated the kitchen to accommodate updates in their food service.
“He (Larry) didn’t really push the food before,” Rachel said.
The Young’s Cafe now offers homemade meals for lunch specials Monday through Friday every week. They also offer dine-in or to go orders for the lunch specials and the always-available menu items.
In the mornings, they serve biscuits and gravy.
A future goal the Brockhaus family has is to renovate the four apartments above the bar that haven’t been used in many years. After renovations are complete, they will rent the apartments.
Even with all the changes coming, the Brockhaus family’s desire is to preserve the long history of the bar, even now.
“We had talked about it so long and he (Larry) was happy to hand it over to us,” Rachel said.
Tim added, “We have kids and it’s just going to go, just like his did, from generation to generation.”
Some activities for patrons include the regular Friday night drawings and Saturday afternoon pool tournaments at 2:30. The events are open to anyone.
The Young’s Cafe is located at 855 E. Market St., Huntington.
Their business hours are 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. They also have plans to open on Sundays within the next month.
To contact the business, call 356-9811.