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Charlie’s Beefcake Burger Helping the Disabled

Charlie’s Beefcake Burgers was a special project from the very beginning.

Located in Greencastle, Indiana, Charlie’s opened in the spring of 2013 and remains one of the country’s truly one-of-a-kind restaurants. Not only does it offer made-to-order ‘Beefcake’ burgers (featuring up to 15 different toppings), along with signature menu items like hand-dipped milkshakes and chili cheese fries, but nearly 30 percent of its employees are developmentally disabled.

Putnam County Comprehensive Services CEO Chuck Schroeder and Charlie’s store manager Mark Benassi worked for nearly two years on the concept of the 9,000-square-foot restaurant which features bright colors and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.

“The restaurant has more than served its purpose since it opened,” said Chuck Schroeder. “It offers great quality food in a pleasant environment and provides needed jobs for disabled and non-disabled workers all while allowing PCCS to be less dependent on state and federal dollars,” said Schroeder.

C.F. Jones Construction worked with Indianapolis-based Brenner Design on creating the restaurant’s layout which received an award of excellence at the 2013 Merit Shop Awards Gala in downtown Indianapolis.

Charlie’s features indoor booths and tables which can be arranged for local sports teams, clubs, and large groups. An outdoor patio has seating for up to 18 guests and more than 30 parking spaces are available, including those for ADA- accessible vehicles.

“Built on a severely limited site, once the exterior structure was completed, the interior details focused on meeting ADA compliance,” said Fred Jones, president of C.F. Jones Construction. “It was of the utmost importance that we keep all employees and customers in mind — the counters and serving areas needed to be the appropriate heights for all, etc. The exterior walls were finished with varied materials, colors and textures making the restaurant highly-visible from the road.”

Two full-service interior counters were designed specifically for training and all aspects of the restaurant are fully accessible. Exterior and interior porcelain tile and paint have an eye-catching color palate of ice cream and sherbet colors- vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, raspberry and lime, and the restaurant’s decorative lights resemble hot fudge sundaes.

The next time you’re in the Greencastle, Indiana-area be sure to visit Charlie’s Beefcake Burgers, located on the west side of Bloomington Street, across from Robe-Ann Park. The hours of operation are Sunday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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