The Fig Tree Cafe, Rejuvenating Lebanon
The addition of The Fig Tree Cafe to the Lebanon downtown square has allowed residents to enjoy healthy and local lunch options. The Fig Tree is owned by lifelong Hoosiers Levi and Bethany Deaton—Levi is from Lebanon and Bethany was born and raised in LaPorte.
They saw the community need for a restaurant that catered to the health-conscious. Whether it’s growing their own produce in their home garden or buying products from local farm stands, the Deatons believe in sourcing as locally as possible, for their food and their gift shop .
The gift shop, known for phenomenal potato soup and “West Coast Turkey” sandwiches, also showcases a wide variety of Indiana products. From Sage’s Simple Syrups to Indie Soapworks and selling local artists’ work, the Fig Tree Cafe not only promotes health and locally sourced foods but supports local businesses and artists. The Deatons are also environmentally conscious, composting food waste from the restaurant at their home in order to build their home garden.
While the Deatons enjoy dining at other local restaurants, Bethany suffers from several food intolerances, including gluten, so their eating out habits have to accommodate her intolerances. Some establishments they frequent include Fogo de Chao located in Indianapolis and The Sandwich Shop located in Delphi. Due to the hectic nature of owning and running a restaurant, free time is scarce and the couple considers their home kitchen their favorite dining spot.
The Deaton’s dedication to supporting local businesses and their mission of brightening their customers’ days are just a few of the reasons The Fig Tree Cafe has become a storied establishment in Lebanon.
109 N. Meridian St., Lebanon