Budges Drive In to debut at Taste of Tippecanoe

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Summertime weather feels like it’s here to stay, and what would summertime be without some cool treats from the drive in? This Saturday, you won’t be able to drive through the Taste of Tippecanoe, but you can make a stop at the Budges Drive In booth.

“We’ve been dubbed Lafayette’s sweetest little secret because nobody knows we’re down here,” said co-owner Jeremy Stockdale of the N. 14th Street restaurant.”This is going to help a lot to get our name out there for people to, you know, see us finally.”

Fellow owner Tyler Child agrees that Saturday’s event is the real deal for the establishment, which has been open in Lafayette since 1942.

“It’s a huge deal. We kind of realized that as we got going. It’s like kind of in the big leagues, if you want to say that. It was kind of overwhelming at first, but I think we settled in and we’re excited about it,” said Child.

This is the first year Stockdale and Child have owned the restaurant. Stockdale said the drive in has been in his family for 20 years, but was eventually put up for sale. He and Tyler took on the business in March of this year.

“My parents bought it almost 20 years ago. I started working here, as a kid, probably 15-16 years ago, just helping out,” said Stockdale. “I was running around with Grandma and Grandpa, getting bananas and sugar, and breaking boxes down. It just progressed from there.”

“We had a bunch of people coming in here, going to turn it in to this or turn it in to that. We had worked here for a long time and just couldn’t let it go,” explained Child.

The new owners will be serving coney dogs and milkshakes at the Taste of Tippecanoe. They said they wanted to keep the cost low because of other expenses like admission. They said there’s been a lot of prep for their first big festival.

“We don’t know exactly what to expect. We could be selling to 100 people, we could have 1,000 people. So, trying to prepare for something that you’re not really sure of the numbers, that’s been one of our biggest, our biggest things,” said Child.

The Budges Drive In booth will be located at Fifth and Main Streets for the Taste of Tippecanoe.

The Taste of Tippecanoe starts at 4 p.m. and runs until midnight. News 18 will be broadcasting live from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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