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UPDATED: Hillcrest restaurant will be open to public

The Herald-Tribune, Batesville, Ind. — Diane Raver The Herald-Tribune, Batesville, Ind.

Jan. 08--After many years of being a private restaurant for members only, Hillcrest will be going public.

After a vote that took place from Dec. 28-Jan. 6, members decided by "a large margin" to go in this direction, reported Jeff Ollier, the country club's board president, Jan. 8.

The Batesville restaurant at the state roads 46 and 229 intersection will be leased to Izzy's Restaurant Inc., which is co-owned by Adam Israel and Bill Gardner, but the golf course will still be private and a separate entity.

"We needed to look at a new business model for the club. We approached Adam, and he was receptive of it."

Ollier added, "It's a big change, but this should make the club more financially viable going forward .... Prospective members were complaining about the minimums (that had to be spent on food each month), and this will make membership more appealing and less expensive.

"There are a fair amount of members, including myself, who are going to miss the private dining, but this is just a route we want to take."

Israel said he is hoping to open the restaurant, which will be called Izzy's at Hillcrest, by the beginning or middle of February. His staff at the Big Four Café will be going with him and a lot of the current Hillcrest Golf & Country Club restaurant staff will stay as well.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served seven days a week, he reported Jan. 8.

"Breakfast and lunch will be somewhat similar" to Big Four menu offerings. For dinner, "it will be pretty much anything. We'll have three to four different kinds of steaks, chicken options ... and homemade pasta dishes."

The chef is ready for his next venture. "There's a lot of work to be done. We're redesigning a few items ... and adding a new bar." Patrons who purchased Big Four Café gift cards will be able to use them at the new Izzy's location.

"I'm excited to get back in the dinner crowd, and being able to serve alcohol again is very exciting. For me, to be able to offer this to the community is huge, and to be open into dinnertime is even better."

"The Big Four Café is currently finalizing details with Adam Israel on a management transition plan for a new chef owner/operator recently employed by Caesars Palace in Las Vegas who is relocating to Batesville," noted spokesperson Mary Ellen Rippe. "An announcement will be made in the near future regarding the go-forward plan, which will include a new breakfast and lunch menu. No interruption for Big Four Café customers is anticipated."

Diane Raver can be contacted at or 812-934-4343, Ext. 114.


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