Who We Are
It all started in 1982, when Jeff Mease was an IU undergrad working for Domino's Pizza. As he rolled corporate dough and spread store-bought sauce, he realized he could make a better product and break the monopoly Big Pizza held on the campus market.
Thus was born, with the help of Jeff's partner Lennie Busch, the first Pizza Express. Its from-scratch, by-hand pizza won an instant following, a rare feat for a small business in the quick-serve dining world. Now with five locations (under the new, trademarkable name Pizza X), it remains Bloomington's favorite pizza delivery service nearly 30 years later.
With their first pizza success underway, Jeff and Lennie formed One World Enterprises and started planning a full-service restaurant that would be the first in Bloomington to offer gourmet pizza. The pizza would feature top-shelf olive oil, higher-rising yeast, and a full palette of sauces including pesto, BBQ, and garlic cream. The restaurant's atmosphere would be friendly and cozy, and the menu would offer a mix of eclectic offerings and comfort foods made with the highest quality ingredients.
They opened Lennie's in 1989, hoping its 10th Street location would draw diners attending IU events. Instead it became a destination unto itself, an oasis of Bloomington culture right in the thick of the campus.
Soon after, Jeff was bit by the small-brewing bug. The microbrew phenomenon was still in its infancy, but through successful lobbying of the Indiana legislature, in 1994 Bloomington Brewing Company (BBC) became the first commercial brewery in Monroe County and the first brewpub in Southern Indiana. Since then, its unfiltered, unpasteurized, handcrafted ales have won numerous awards and a great many devotees who love both the taste and the intentionally limited distribution.
One World has always been focused on sustainable practices and local sourcing, so the next logical steps were a catering company emphasizing natural and organic foods, and a farm that could provide some of those ingredients for the whole One World family. One World Catering and Events has quickly risen to become a premier catering alternative for those seeking a personalized and memorable event with a fresh, ethically sourced menu. Loesch Farm is home to English heritage pigs, Asian water buffalo, and organic hops that produce an outstanding, one-of-a-kind local brew. Loesch Farm is enabling the BBC to transform into a farmstead brewery, a model common in France and Belgium but seldom seen in the United States.
The future of One World Enterprises will include continued movement toward greater sustainability and community-sourced ingredients. What it won't hold is any sort of expansion that looks beyond the Bloomington area. We have no desire to get bigger, only to become a more integral, responsible, and valued part of the Bloomington community.