Starting in the late 1800s, Bloomington, IN began to supply the world with limestone and quickly was recognized as the "the world's greatest limestone". Tying our roots in limestone with our love of Southern fare, we created Southern Stone. With quality, local, and organic food as our main focus, we are constantly working to provide our guests with an exceptional dining experience.
Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus seven days a week, with specials weekly and seasonal drink menus.
Our open and versatile private event space can be perfectly curated to make your event a special and memorable experience for each and every guest - no matter how big or small the event!
Looking to spread some southern charm at your next event? Just sit a spell and let us take care of that for you.
Quarrying of Indiana Limestone began in 1827 with the opening of the Richard Gilbert Quarry. The quarried stone was produced for local use only prior to the building of railways in the 1850's. However, by 1900, Indiana limestone represented 1/3 of the total U.S. dimension limestone industry, and increased to 80% by 1920. There are currently 9 active quarries that produce 76,000 cubic meters of Indiana Limestone each year.
The limestone is soft and easily worked when quarried, but once the quarried rock dries it becomes case-hardened, that is, its surface becomes harder and more resistant to weathering. Indiana Limestone is a freestone, which means that it has no preferential direction of splitting. It can be planed, turned on a lathe, sawed, and hand worked, making it highly versatile.