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“Charlie”

Outstanding Dining Destination


Our members have joined together to let the world know that Bloomington has officially become an outstanding dining destination. We are locally owned, independent restaurants that are chef driven by passionate culinary professionals dedicated to providing great food and great service. If you appreciate uniqueness and authenticity be sure to dine with us.

“Top 5 Food Towns in the Midwest”

Midwest Living Magazine

BIRA is a not-for-profit association of restaurants and affiliated businesses whose mission is to promote, cooperatively support and unify the Bloomington area’s unique dining establishments.  Established in 1995,  a small group of  restaurant owners wanted to show the world that the quality of their offerings was commensurate with the quality of life in our unique, diverse home town of Bloomington, Indiana.

“7th fastest growing destination for wine an culinary enthusiasts in the nation”

Orbitz Research Travel

Charlie
The symbol of our Association is interlaced with the historical icon of our community- Charlie sits atop the Monroe County Courthouse as a copper plated weathervane recognized by generations of Bloomingtonians.  This icon was forged by Austin Seward in 1826 and has occupied the cupola of 3 Courthouses.  Symbolic of our independence and the unofficial icon of Bloomington, Charlie’s view of the world is best summed up by an unidentified lady in the 1940’s:  “The weathervane fish doesn’t always point into the wind… oh, but that reminds me of the people of Bloomington.”

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