Cancer Diagnosis Leads to Marketing of Markle’s Icon “The Pickle”
MARKLE, Ind. (WANE) – To the people of the small town of Markle, the Pickle is a big dill. The bar and restaurant have been around since the early 90s and are now for sale.
“The Pickle was a blessing,” Jon Goetz said. “It’s a happy place, it’s a happy place to train. His reputation took off.
After quitting their corporate jobs, husband and wife Jon and Tracy Goetz purchased The Pickle on October 31, 2005. The following January, they held their grand opening.
“It was ridiculous,” Jon Goetz said. “There were only standing places. You couldn’t access the back of the restaurant.
“It was amazing,” said Tracy Goetz. “And we had a band that night and Chuck Surack was playing saxophone and walking across the bar.”
Over the past 16 years, their success has continued. They say the bar has been a blessing, in part thanks to the support of the community and their wonderful employees. Especially when COVID-19 has struck.
“The Pickle is only successful because Markle has accepted and supported us so much,” said Jon Goetz.
“I hope we will give the community what they give us,” said Tracy Goetz.
The bar and restaurant offers a variety of homemade dishes including burgers, pizza, baked subs and steaks, while also serving alcoholic drinks. On a typical Saturday night, a table can be hard to find, but a warm welcome is not.
“The Pickle is your essential small town bar,” said Tracy Goetz. “The atmosphere is like cheering. You come in and everyone knows you and if they don’t and you come twice, they usually will.
The couple say the goal was to own and work together for 20 years, but life had other plans.
Last year, Tracy Goetz was diagnosed with stage 3 malignant melanoma. Since then, she has undergone 11 chemotherapy treatments and has had numerous surgeries. Recently she learned that she will no longer be able to work due to nerve damage.
Jon continued to work but the couple say they missed working together.
“It’s like peanut butter and jelly,” said Tracy Goetz. “You take one out and it’s not the same.”
After much deliberation, the couple put The Pickle up for sale on Tuesday.
The building, located at 102 E Morse Street in downtown Markle, is on the market for $ 680,000. Included in the sale are all furniture, equipment, licenses and the bar’s secret honey and jalapeño vinaigrette.
Upstairs, a T2, an old reception hall and a large storage room in the basement.
Photos of the facility are provided below courtesy of Nick Huffman of Steffen Group. To learn more about the sale of the building click here.
Jon and Tracy say they hope the community welcomes the new owners.
“We hope the new owners will do as well as us and I think they will do as well as us,” said Jon Goetz. “We have the best staff. The new owner has a great advantage with them.
“They’ve been with us through COVID, my trip and they also come with the sale and they never complained,” Tracy Goetz said. “We wish the new
The Pickle will remain open during the sale. The Goets say they plan to stay in the community.