New businesses prepare to open in downtown Terre Haute

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– Federal Coffee, Bar-Botics, and Scout’s Pizzeria are 3 new businesses coming to downtown Terre Haute.

Scout Wrin, Owner of Scout’s Pizzeria said starting a new business during the COVID-19 pandemic has been interesting.

“This is the first business that I’ve opened so this is all I know. We just took advantage of the lease when it the building became available. We just had to take advantage and it was during a pandemic. So we’re just taking the punches as they come,” Wrin said.

All three of these new businesses are located on Wabash Avenue across from site of the new Terre Haute Convention Center.

Kris Kraut, Owner of Butler’s Pantry and Federal Coffee said the area has a lot to offer.

“I’ve always had a drive to come downtown eventually. Our eastside location is great but we wanted to capture some of the business now with the convention center opening and the hotels being so busy and bustling. I felt like maybe it was good opportunity to spread myself out a little bit,” he noted.

Alec Thompson and Ethan Page, owners of Bar-Botics, said opening up a new business in the middle a pandemic is no easy task, but there are some advantages.

“This has allowed us to slow down a little bit and really make sure everything is perfect when we get ready to open. Having this extra time, we can start from scratch and take precautions to ensure a clean environment from the beginning and hopefully we can maintain that moving forward with everything,” they said.

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