The history of the 2nd Language building is one rich with soul and potential. Potential that notably, Randy says he wasn’t so sure about initially. “I had driven past it so many times and just thought, I don’t see it,” Randy laughs now, thinking back to when he originally laid eyes on the now home of 2nd Language and AR Lofts.
When Mike Martin of Architectural Renovators approached Randy with an idea to turn the old National Biscuit Company into a building for mixed use, it felt like a pipe dream. The building, originally crafted in 1894 for the Marsh-Scantlin Bakery, had good bones, but seemed unrealistic due to the amount of work needed to turn it into a modern collaborative space (until Randy finally took the plunge and stepped inside, that is). “When I finally stepped into the space, it spoke to me… It became very clear to me that this was the spot.”
It’s clear now as you step into the doors of 2nd Language what potential the building, re-named National Biscuit Company in 1900, has always had. Expect a clean, open concept design on the Patisserie side, heavily showcasing the products and the process behind making them. The savory, Asian cuisine side of 2nd Language will have a funkier, more eclectic vibe, complemented by highlighting the structural bones of the building.
2nd Language is home to some of the region’s chefs and food connoisseurs. The team’s passion combined with years of training and apprenticeship at Pangea Kitchen allowed a smooth transition into the 2nd Language kitchen, which in turn produced an environment for ideas to flourish.
Developing our signature menu items would be impossible without the passion of team members like Sarah Bruggeman. Crafting pastries and other specialties at Pangea Kitchen since its inception in 2015, Sarah’s experience earned her a vast depth of knowledge that translated over to 2nd Language seamlessly. Along with training on technique and craft, Sarah’s time at Pangea Kitchen was spent developing the confidence to lead a team able to execute ambitious ideas in the most flavorful way.
We promise you authentic products, innovative spaces, and passion behind everything we make. We hope to see you soon with something delicious in hand.
401 NW 2ND ST, SUITE A
EVANSVILLE, IN 47708
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