Letter: Organizations show support for indoor facility



After more than a quarter century of Jonathan Byrd’s operations, and nearly 65 years of family-run foodservice on the south side of Indianapolis, the opportunity to partner with the City of Westfield, and to do so within a truly visionary project on the scale of Grand Park, is tremendously exciting.

Since our very first meeting with Mayor (Andy) Cook and his staff, and the very first mention of the possibility of bringing the Jonathan Byrd’s brand to what is going to be the absolutely incredible indoor soccer facility within Grand Park, we have eagerly looked forward to having a stake in what is truly a landmark facility for Westfield, for Hamilton County, and for the State of Indiana.

Opportunities to be part of visions and ventures such as what has already happened and what is going to be happening in Westfield are rare indeed. So not only can we not wait to be part of the increasingly vibrant business community of Westfield that has been spurred by the development of Grand Park and which we believe will be catapulted to even greater heights with the addition of the soccer complex that truly makes Grand Park a year round attraction and economic engine for Westfield and its business community, we are taking the opportunity to create a new brand within our foodservice operations.

This new branding that is part of the new era of Jonathan Byrd’s, which we expect to deliver well over 100 new jobs to the Westfield community with an estimated annual payroll of $1.6 million, effectively makes Westfield, Grand Park, and its indoor soccer complex an incubator for a new business concept that will add one more chapter to the success story that is Grand Park.

The indoor soccer complex is what is bringing Jonathan Byrd’s to Westfield and to Grand Park, and we have no doubt that it will be a driving force behind the growing Hoosier success story that is Westfield.

We join with so many from around the state and around the country in applauding what has already been accomplished by the citizens and leaders of Westfield in such a short period of time, and we very much look forward to the construction of the facility that has people throughout the state and around the nation buzzing with anticipation, and that will tie this great vision together.

David Byrd

Son of Jonathan Byrd