History of Out of the Ordinary
The current location that is now known as “Out of the Ordinary Restaurant and Hickory Sports Bar” has a long history of serving locals and tourists. It’s history began somewhere in the late 1930s or early 1940s as the Old Hickory Restaurant and Bar, owned by the legendary Carl Wilson, an Indianapolis Star columnist who was also a poet under the pen name of Tramp Starr. The Wilson family sold the building and business to business owner and Brown County entrepreneur Andy Rodgers in 1975. Mr. Rodgers purchased the entire block and began renovations, building a new kitchen, bathrooms, renovated the bar and added storage.
Mr. Rogers named the restaurant and bar – “The Ordinary” - simple and plain. He was looking around for something different, early American taverns were called “ordinary houses” or “ordinaries” and English bars are known as “public houses” or “pub.”
Mr. Rogers thought that the location was convenient for shoppers, the menfolk could gather in the bar, and when the women were done shopping, they could meet the men, sit down, have a drink and talk about their day. Of course, being across from the Brown County Playhouse didn’t hurt anything.
In early 2014, Mr. Rodgers decided it was time for a change, and turned over the reins to a group of business owners. They took a few months to do some major renovations and created a new atmosphere and menu for today’s modern tourist and for the locals, renaming the establishment as “Out of the Ordinary” and giving back some of its roots: Hickory Sports Bar.
The restaurant is wide open and the large windows overlooking Van Buren Street and the sidewalk lends for some great people watching. A large Brown County stone fireplace is still the anchor in the main dining room. The bar is tucked in the back with a separate entrance and has the charm and feel of an old English pub, complete with a full service menu and array of beers, wines and specialty drinks.
The Ordinary is home to the annual “Brown County Children’s Christmas Auction” which was started in 1979, benefitting the children of Brown County.
The restaurant is centrally located in the heart of the Village of Nashville on Van Buren Street (aka State Road 135) and across the street from the Brown County Playhouse.
There is street parking and a small parking lot in the rear of the building off of Old School Way.