White Stallion Italian Bistro serving up European fare in Whitestown


The White Stallion Italian Bistro is now open in Whitestown. (Submitted photo)

By Chris Bavender

When Mary Watkins decided to open a bistro, she knew exactly where to go and why – Whitestown.

“Location, location, location. Whitestown is an up-and-coming community and is growing by leaps and bounds,” Watkins said.

Watkins spent a few months remodeling the building at 4 N. Main St. before having a soft opening for the White Stallion Italian Bistro March 8. A grand opening will be held in May.

“Soft because I recently retired and now just want to enjoy the journey and serve some of the atmosphere and foods that I have experienced,” said Watkins, who previously worked in the food industry in northern Indiana.

The bistro can seat 99 inside. A patio set to open in late spring or early summer will seat at least another 50.

Watkins said she chose the restaurant’s name because a stallion is a symbol of “different things in different cultures.”

“I chose the name for that reason and the idea of it being fairy-tale-like. In my travels, I have had the opportunity to experience different atmospheres and cultures, and I find I like the European styles more than others,” she said. “When people visit, they will notice a European flare in style and eventually that will flow over into a full menu of classic dishes of Italian, French and classic American as well.”

The bistro serves pizza and sandwiches. A full-time chef is coming on board in April. Watkins plans to update the former pub into a non-smoking family restaurant by the spring of 2018. But for now, it is a 21-and-older restaurant.

“Response has been amazing. The first weekend was a smashing success in many areas,” she said.  “I’m sure the upcoming weeks ahead will be even more successful.”

The White Stallion Bistro is open from 4 to 10 p.m. Wed., Thurs., Fri. and Sat. The hours and days will change after the May grand opening.