By: Vera Mae’s Bistro—
Muncie, IN—Vera Mae’s Bistro offers upscale fusion cuisine borrowing from the rich traditions of Europe, Asia, and the new world. Opening its doors in 1999, Vera Mae’s began its story as a lunch delivery and catering business through its South Walnut street storefront in downtown Muncie. Owner Kent Shuff pioneered the revitalization of Muncie’s historical district and later expanded the restaurant in 2002. Formerly Ballard Hardware, Kent and co-owner and partner, Steve Fennimore created the Ballaird Hall, increasing the original Bistro from 54 seats to 210 seats.
Warm and inviting, the atmosphere reflects the love of the historic features inherent to the space and is filled with artwork predominantly from local artisans. On our walls, you will find part namesake, Vera Yates (Kent’s Grandmother) at her restaurant and gas station, along with David Letterman on an evening out and a host of other wonderful guests from over the years. Everything has a story as the modern, local art and historic architectural elements combine for an intoxicating evening of hand-crafted cuisine and delectable drinks. Favorites such as our traditional French onion soup and Ribeye steakare perfectly prepared to entice your senses and tantalize your taste buds. Our “First Thursday” Cajun Nights feature New Orleans classics like oysters on the half shell, jambalaya, and crawfish etouffee. On Friday and Saturday nights, live music fills the restaurant and offers a reprieve from busy days.
Our banquet facility, private dining area, and seasonal outside seating allow for a wide range of accommodations. As lovers of a good party, we offer a variety of services for events large and small…and everything in-between! Our Ballaird Hall makes a perfect location for a rehearsal dinner, award ceremony, holiday party, or birthday celebration. Our fully stocked wine cellar downstairs looks out onto the Board Room, offering a more intimate dining experience. Should you already have a space you prefer, our events and catering coordinator, Dave Franklin, will gladly work to construct a menu to suit your needs, and our staff is fully prepared to offer the same professional experience you expect when dining in-house.
No matter the occasion, our goal is to provide the highest quality and freshest fare available presented with impeccable service and attention to detail!