When Rick Albrecht moved to Indianapolis from Louisville in the 1970s, he was an insurance salesman who had previously been enlisted in the United States Navy. Rick would quickly become a well-known restaurateur, owning several bars and eateries in the greater Indianapolis area, including downtown, Geist, Keystone and eventually Eagle Creek.
Rick’s Cafe Americain opened in Union Station in downtown Indianapolis in 1986 and was the first of many endeavors for Rick. The Americain was themed after the movie Casablanca starring Humphrey Bogart.
In 1987, Rick’s Cafe Dockside was opened on Geist Reservoir. The space was previously a bait shop and small bar, and was expanded to have more bar space and plenty of outside seating. Rick’s Dockside was an immediate success and is what got Rick in the waterfront dining scene, a unique venture in land-locked Indianapolis.
Rick has also owned several other concepts in Indianapolis, including Rico’s Supper Club in Carmel, Rick’s at Riley Towers, and The Cork at the Crossing.
Opening the Boatyard
In the meantime, Rick was working on the concept for Rick’s Cafe Boatyard on Eagle Creek Reservoir. His good friend Leon Younger was the Parks Director for the City of Indianapolis at the time. Rick sold all of his restaurants other than the Americain to capitalize, and then opened the Boatyard in September of 1994.
Rick would meet his wife, Tena, at the Boatyard in 1995. Tena was at a table with her friend, looking at vacation photos, and Rick was mingling with guests. As he stopped at their table, he commented that he had been to some of those places too and they talked for the rest of the evening. They soon began dating, and married the following year. Rick’s Cafe Boatyard quickly became their life’s work together, amongst caring for their family and traveling.
Rick’s Cafe Boatyard has grown and evolved significantly since opening in 1994. The space now boasts several decks - an awning on the side of the restaurant, an “extended deck” with retractable siding to keep rain and wind away, and a large bar with an area for nightly live music.
The inside dining space includes a large dining room with a waterfront view from nearly every seat, a bustling bar, and two private event areas -- one of which comes with a private outdoor terrace. While the menu has changed over the years, one thing remains constant: Rick's has the freshest seafood in Indianapolis. Our seafood is carefully chosen from locations around the world, and our steaks and chops are locally sourced and of the finest quality.
Rick’s Cafe Boatyard is open every day of the year besides Christmas Day, and is a true gem on the west side of Indianapolis. Many patrons know Rick and Tena, and stop by their table to say hi when dining in the restaurant. The atmosphere at Rick’s is one-of-a-kind. Stop in to see for yourself!