Starting in the late 1800s, Bloomington, Indiana began to supply the world with limestone. This limestone was quickly recognized as the "the world's greatest limestone". Tying our roots in limestone with our love of Southern fare, we created Southern Stone. With quality, local, and organic food as our main focus, we are constantly working to provide our guests with an exceptional dining experience.
Serving lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Brunch served on Saturday and Sunday.
Our open and versatile semi-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 before the building of railways in the 1850s. However, by 1900, Indiana limestone represented 1/3 of the entire U.S. dimension limestone industry and increased to 80% by 1920. There are currently nine 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.
For a rock, the Indiana Limestone is chemically pure and consistent, being composed of >97% calcite.
We're proud to carry the characteristics of that very limestone which inspires us in what we do everyday, from the purity of our flavors to the consistency of our service and quality.