The name, Runcible Spoon, comes from a children’s story about love, adventure, nature, and whimsy. Elements from the story and the main characters, the owl and the pussycat, are evident throughout the restaurant’s decor. Here is a little information on the history of the Spoon, from its beginnings in 1976, change in ownership, and the secret to that great coffee.


In 1976, Owner Jeff Danielson started a coffee roastery that expanded to breakfast and lunch, serving the campus and community of a changing IU Bloomington Campus. In 2001, Matthew O’Neill and Regen O’Neill bought the restaurant hoping to continue the traditions that made “The Spoon” special to so many loyal customers. Coffee is still roasted on the premises. Chef O’Neill expanded the menu to include dinner, always aiming to maintain an affordable and varied menu for the equally varied tastes of a college town.


Coffee roasted on the premises since 1976. Desserts made in-house, Corned Beef roasted in-house, hollandaise made from scratch, pancakes as big as your head, 16oz Ribeye steaks, Vegan options- whatever you’re craving, we have you covered!

In the Press

“‘This Bloomington cafe is one of the coziest spots in the country”

–Indianapolis Star

“Take a trip with us to Bloomington, Indiana to the Runcible Spoon. Delicious food, great coffee and tea and the cozy atmosphere of a real Irish pub.”

–Investigate Indiana

“Eclectic, hip, Bohemian style decor (and people) with incredible food, and tons of it. A great place for breakfast or brunch.”


“They dined on mince and slices of quince, which they ate with a Runcible Spoon.”

— The Owl and the Pussycat, by Edward Lear

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