In 2018, we acquired Sweet Grass with a story that was written by previous ownership. As we look to 2020, we are ready to write our own story.
As of January 1, 2020, we changed our name to Southern Stone as a nod to the “world’s greatest” limestone found only in Southern Indiana.
The Southern Stone menu has many of your Sweet Grass favorites as mainstays, and some Sweet Grass items will continue to be featured as specials throughout the year. Added to the Southern Stone menu are more delicious American dishes from the South and the Southern Midwest. We are continuing the transformation to Southern Stone throughout the spring and welcome everyone to come be a part of our new story.
We greatly appreciate each and every person that has visited us since we took over ownership and we hope that you’ll continue to visit us as we work to make Southern Stone the best restaurant in Bloomington.
Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus seven days a week, with specials weekly and seasonal drink menus.
Our open and versatile private event space can be perfectly curated to make your event a special and memorable experience for each and every guest - no matter how big or small the event!
Looking to spread some southern charm at your next event? Just sit a spell and let us take care of that for you.
Quarrying of Indiana Limestone began in 1827 with the opening of the Richard Gilbert Quarry. The quarried stone was produced for local use only prior to the building of railways in the 1850's. However, by 1900, Indiana limestone represented 1/3 of the total U.S. dimension limestone industry, and increased to 80% by 1920. There are currently 9 active quarries that produce 76,000 cubic meters of Indiana Limestone each year.
The limestone is soft and easily worked when quarried, but once the quarried rock dries it becomes case-hardened, that is, its surface becomes harder and more resistant to weathering. Indiana Limestone is a freestone, which means that it has no preferential direction of splitting. It can be planed, turned on a lathe, sawed, and hand worked, making it highly versatile.