Rustic Lodge is permanently closed.
On July 5th, 1945, Tony and Emma Ricupero purchased Rustic Lodge and devoted their lives to turning it into one of Indiana county's premier banquet facilities. With over 75 years and 3 generations operating as a successful independent family business, today, I have made the difficult decision to permanently close effective October 31st, 2022.
Twenty-nine years ago, I began the journey of continuing my grandparents' life devotion. I have always said that "retirement" was not something in my family's vocabulary. However, the challenges of conducting an owner-operated business today are unprecedented and have caused this journey to come to an end.
It is important to note that this closing date has been selected to be able to honor ALL our current customer bookings. Additionally, we look forward to serving our loyal customers up until our closing. I will be committed to continuing my family's 75+ year reputation of providing the best possible service by being honest, hardworking, and serving them how I would want to be served until the very end.
The support of my employees, family, and valued customers over the years has been incredible. The Indiana community is the sole reason our family business has been able to succeed for over 75 years. Without their encouragement and support, we would not have been so blessed. I'm very proud of my accomplishments over the past 29 years and very grateful to ALL those who have helped me along the way.
Joseph P. Lubold