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Bad Apple Mac’s: Lessons Learned from Indiana Businesses

November 07, 2017
MADISON, Ind. - Located at 605 W Main Street, in Madison, Indiana, you’ll find Bad Apple Mac’s, a casual eatery serving gourmet comfort food.
“I actually dream about food. Those dreams, I work with a recipe in my head and I come up with them and we give them a try,” says owner Janet MacIntosh. “What makes Bad Apple Mac’s Bad Apple Mac’s is just the food and the atmosphere.”

So how did the restaurant get its unique name?

“The restaurant is named after my grandfather. He was a maritime sailor. His parents forbid him to join the service in World War II. While they were vacationing, he ran away to join the service and forever was known as the Bad Apple Mac,” says Janet.
“I travel so much that, to me, most restaurant food tastes the same. And her food is more like home cooking,” said Dan Hoover, crew chief of the Miss Madison Unlimited Hydroplane. “The food in general is really good.”

But it takes more than just great food to keep folks coming back for more. “I have a fantastic staff that are fun, and it’s a pleasant experience when you come in here so you want to be back,” says Janet.

When it comes to running a successful business, Janet recommends having a solid business plan. “You have to know your numbers. You have to know how much everything costs, right down to the ounce of how much feta is in your Greek salad. That is the biggest challenge, making sure you have a great business plan, you know your numbers, and you stick by your numbers.”

Another piece of advice? Work closely with your insurance agent to help you protect and improve your business.

 “My insurance agent, I’ve known her for 25 years. She’s always looking forward to helping me improve whatever I’m doing too,” Janet says. “They’ve helped me by just building that friendship.”

So the next time you’re in Madison, be sure to give Bad Apple Mac’s a visit. For more on the restaurant, check out their Facebook page.