Hungry Blackford County residents in search of a tasty, inexpensive meal need look no farther than “The Sweeet Spot” in the old Highwater Auction House at 201 South High Street just down the street from the Hartford City Post Office. Owner Mike Fisher has drifted away from his time as an auctioneer and is now more focused on his restaurant and thrift store. These days his auctioneering is primarily limited to the Annual auction held for the band students at Montpelier Elementary.
“I’ve always liked cooking,” said Fisher. A few years ago, he began serving food at the auction house as Mike’s Menu. In 2019, he opened the first Sweeet Spot in a location on Washington Street for a time before relocating it to the auction house. The restaurant has a fun atmosphere and is colorfully decorated with inflatable ice cream cones, a graphic of a friendly elephant on the wall near the door greets customers as they enter.
While there is nothing too fancy on the menu, there is a wide variety of good food available at the Sweeet Spot. You want ice cream, they have it, hand-dipped or soft serve, shakes, floats, banana splits, sundaes, ice cream cones it’s all here. You want breakfast, the Sweeet Spot serves it all day, one of the few places in the county that does so. Biscuits and gravy, waffles, pancakes, omelets, French toast, breakfast sandwiches, mush they have it.
The Sweeet Spot also has a variety of sandwiches and sides. Burgers and fries, hand-breaded tenderloins, onion rings, chips, fried green tomatoes Fisher offers a wide-assortment of good food. There is something for almost everyone at the Sweeet Spot. You can dine-in, carry-out, delivery is also available. You can even get a pound of Mike’s famous homemade Chicken Salad or Ham Salad. The most expensive item on the menu is a sampler basket for $7.95, very reasonably priced compared to most restaurants.
There are also games to enjoy while you wait. The Sweeet Spot has a foosball table and several monitors featuring old school Nintendo video games. Fisher is also very charitable. Many dollar bills are tacked to the ceiling. These dollar bills have been donated by customers and will be given to the “Shop with a Cop” holiday program. There are also days where Fisher will match the donations given by his customers.
Fisher has also been operating his thrift shop at the site for around 12 years. He buys, sells, and trades all sorts of items, you never know what you might be able to find. The Sweeet Spot is currently open from 7:00 AM until 2:00 PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays and from 7:00 AM until 7:00 PM on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. With the current state of the economy, like almost every other business, Fisher has had difficulties finding and retaining employees. “If you’re looking for a job, come and see me,” said Fisher. “I just might have a job for you,” he added.