Dawson's on Main

Customer Spotlight: Dawson’s on Main

Dawson’s on Main opened its door on Main Street in Speedway, Indiana 10 years ago on June 16th 2006. Brothers Tony and Chris Hill have always been in restaurants, enjoying quality meals eating out and even considering themselves “foodies.” When Tony was given the opportunity from another friend in real estate to purchase the building on Main Street, he convinced his family to jump on the investment with him. Eventually, the name “Dawson’s on Main” was agreed upon (after one of Tony’s sons, Dawson) to give the restaurant a classic and unique feel. The family was among the first to make the jump on Main Street, and only great things have followed since their opening.


The Food

Dawson’s serves a wide variety of food from sandwiches, steaks, seafood, pasta, and everything in between. If you’re searching for a lunch time favorite, the hand breaded tenderloin is far and away a fan favorite. However, you certainly will also want to come back to try the in-house cut, freshly cooked steaks! Co-owner Chris Hill notes that as a proud Hoosier, the rib eye is his favorite dish from the restaurant. All dressings and sauces are also made in-house, making their dishes all the more unique and incredibly delicious!


The Race

Being located approximately half a mile from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, May has always been a very busy month for Dawson’s. With the 100th running of the Indy 500 this year, this May is expected to be their largest month to date. Hill notes that at this point in May, “you start at 11am and you are on your feet moving until 11pm.” To help streamline the kitchen, Dawson’s has a limited menu around race time that features their top dishes (about 25 dishes). This allows customers to still order their favorites, but to also still have a great experience in a relaxing atmosphere.

With the increase in people, a new vibe has also entered Main Street. May it be the recent revitalization of Main Street with new shopping, breweries, and fun activities, or the high spirits of Hoosiers and visitors for the upcoming race, but Main Street is where you should be!

Are you a big race fan? Stop in for dinner and you will likely see a few familiar faces! Many drivers who have been around a while frequent Dawson’s on a regular basis, with appearances from younger drivers as well when the track is closed and they’re not busy with PR. Recognize the names AJ Foyt, Jonny Rutherford, and Parnelli Jones?

Dawson’s will also once again be participating in the 10th annual Rockin’ on Main as one of the main caterers. The event is a street festival held on Carb Day that shuts down Main Street and features live music, drinks, food, and kid activities.


Chris and Tony heard about Central when an employee who regularly visited handed them her card and told them to visit us. After one visit to our awesome showroom, they have been customers since!

As far as the most used equipment? Fryers for their high demand tenderloin sandwiches, charbroilers for steaks, and Robo Coupe food processors for their house made sauces and dressings are all essentials in their kitchen to bringing you your delicious food.


Are you in the Indianapolis area or coming to town for the race? Be sure to stop in and visit Dawson’s on Main! You won’t be disappointed.

Be sure to also visit Dawson’s an additional location in Brownsburg, Indiana Dawson’s Too Sticks and Stones.


2 thoughts on “Customer Spotlight: Dawson’s on Main

  1. Lynn

    Excited to go see the Brickyard haulers come in and enjoy a great night at Dawson with my family quickly turned uncomfortable. We got there around 4:30 to pick a great table in the bar by the windows. Everything was great until an hour later with a host asked us if we would mind move to a table in the back of the bar. We were told a REGULAR had reserved our table along with another next to our, both in front of the windows. First, we were upset that they wanted to sit us in the back of the bar and next that they even asked us to do that. Because we were not regulars, we were not much to them. We declined to move, as there was no note or anything saying our table was reserved. As that happened, another worker came to us asking us again if we would move. Again, we declined as we were there and came early to get a good seat inside to enjoy the evening with 9 family members. After that, the regulars that wanted our table started talking trash about us under their breath. It was obvious that they were upset which made us uncomfortable. They made sure to try squeezing us in our corner table with their chairs.
    We planned our evening by going early to get a good seat which we did and we were not about to let the regulars change that for us. Next time we will go elsewhere to enjoy a fun night on Main Street.

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