In 1928, V.D. Vincent and his wife began serving special
dinners at their then “country cottage” in Northern Marion County. The
beautiful hollyhocks that grew on the grounds gave way to the
restaurant’s name, which it has retained ever since. The restaurants
original dining area was both small and intimate, seating up to 30
guests. Aside from a few intermittent periods during World War II, the
Vincent’s operated Hollyhock Hill for nearly 20 years.
In mid 1947, Hubert “Hugh” Kelso purchased the restaurant that
had grown to accommodate
up to 70 guests with the cost for a complete dinner being nearly $3.00. Mr. Kelso’s forty
year ownership of the restaurant led to numerous structural enhancements, fueling continued
growth. He was active in the Indiana Restaurant Association (IRA), serving as Chairperson and
inducted into the IRA Hall of Fame.
In 1992, ownership of the now 150 seat Indianapolis landmark
was turned over to longtime employees, Jay & Barbara Snyder.
For over fifty years, The Snyder’s have worked side-by-side to maintain
and grow this dining institution - ushering in innovation, balanced
with tradition - constantly focused on customer satisfaction. They are
proud and deserving custodians of the Hollyhock Hill tradition,
remaining active in the day-to-day management of the restaurant and
enjoying their seven grandchildren. In 2011, Jay Snyder was inducted
into the Indiana Restaurant Association's Hall of Fame after a long
tenure on the Association's Board of Directors, including Board Chair.
While various innovations and advancements have been incorporated into the restaurants’ operation; many original recipes, techniques and philosophies remain in place. Today, Hollyhock Hill remains as one of a very few “family-style” restaurants still in existence in the USA, serving patrons from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries. Hollyhock Hill’s rich history and longstanding commitment to excellence will no doubt pave the way toward its continued success well into the future.
8110 North College Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46240
Hours of Service:
Tuesday - Friday: 4:30pm - 8:00pm
Early Bird - Tues, Wed & Thurs: 4:30pm - 5:30pm
restrictions apply / holidays excluded
Saturday: 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Sunday: Noon - 7:30pm
Monday - closed