Originating as a “pop stop” in 1945, then owned by Tony and Emma Ricupero, the Rustic Lodge has flourished into Indiana’s finest full-service banquet facility. For over 50 years and three generations, this hall has produced high-quality service at a fair price through honesty, devotion, and hard work.
Hosting events ranging from service club meetings and political rallies to reunion parties, wedding receptions, and countless Red Cross and United Way events, the Ricupero and Lubold families have established a business that is well respected in the community by serving its patrons and meeting customer satisfaction in the food service and entertainment industry.
Tony and Emma Ricupero dedicated their lives to their family and their business and created a Memorial/Rustic Lodge Scholarship that is given to an IUP culinary student every year. They understood that through hard work and perseverance anything was possible.
Third-generation owner Joe Lubold has continued the tradition, ensuring that the Rustic Lodge continues to be Indiana’s premier banquet facility by valuing his family’s heritage and the hard work that has been put into it. He also understands how important it is to make sure that they support the community. Most importantly, he hopes that the hall remains a family business.