Faces of Tourism Story

Bob and Sue

Das Dutchman Essenhaus (Middlebury)

The history of Das Dutchman Essenhaus is a story of growth, commitment and genuine hospitality. In 1970, we moved west from Sugarcreek, Ohio to Middlebury, Indiana. After arriving in Middlebury, we purchased property on U.S. 20. The property contained a small 24-hour truck stop known as Everett’s Highway Inn. Despite the odds, we were committed to our dream of establishing a solid business. 

Today, we see our children and grandchildren developing an interest in the organization. Some of them are involved in the daily operations and strive to continue the traditions of this family-owned company. 

The restaurant, flagship of the campus, has grown from 120 seats to over 1,100 and is considered the largest restaurant in Indiana. In addition to the world-famous restaurant, Essenhaus also offers a home-style bakery with over 30 varieties of pies, six unique gift shops and stores, an inn with 89 guest rooms, a 4,000-square-foot conference center, catering capabilities, a wholesale food operation and seasonal recreation all located on the Middlebury property.