Fiddlehead Restaurant in Michigan City is well-known for its full bar and delicious menu, but what really sets it apart from other options is the high-quality staff who work diligently to ensure every person receives top-level service, and each meal exceeds expectations.
Case in point: Sara Rocha, supervisor at Fiddlehead Restaurant.
A lifelong resident of Northwest Indiana, Sara is a native of Chesterton who graduated from Chesterton High School before pursuing an education and career as a licensed massage therapist. She lives in Valpo with her family and two children.
Rocha has been with Fiddlehead nearly as long as they’ve been open, finding the opportunity to work there shortly after graduating from massage therapist school.
"I wasn't having a lot of luck at finding a job as a massage therapist," Rocha said. “Then this job opened up, so I decided to give it a try.”
She began her career as a server in 2015.
"After a month into it, I started noticing that I kept seeing the same customers and making those connections. I just thought ‘Wow - this is really cool!’” Rocha said. "You get to know the customers, I mean, really get to know them. People get to know you, not just by name, but they come in, ask how you're doing, how your family is doing. That's such a great feeling and it's an additional, extended family feeling."
Six months after she started, Rocha was offered the position of supervisor, and she appreciates the connections she’s made with coworkers at the restaurant.
"We've had staff that come and go, but even when people move on to other careers, we stay in touch,” she said.
Rocha has enjoyed working at Fiddlehead during a transformational time for Michigan City.
"While going to school for massage, I lived in Indianapolis,” Rocha said. “That was before all the renovations were done there, and it had such a huge impact on that area. I see the same potential for Michigan City.”
She hopes the city doesn't change drastically, however.
"I would just like to see the city built up in a way that brings in even more tourism,” Rocha said. "Things like First Friday, local parades, and the Halloween activities recently here in Michigan City are great because they bring more people to the downtown area and that's huge for local businesses, like Fiddlehead."
And, her enthusiasm for Fiddlehead remains unquestionable.
"Aaron is one of the best bosses I've ever seen,” she said. “He really understands the importance of family and works around our schedules when life happens, as it sometimes does. He's a great person to work for."
When asked what menu items she recommends, Rocha had to think for a moment.
“I’d have to say my favorites would be the fish tacos and the lobster salad. I don't know who else locally offers a lobster salad, but you're not going to find a better one anywhere else around,” she said. “He (Aaron) has really perfected that recipe. The dish is traditionally seen as a west coast dish, so to be able to get that here is tremendous."
Having a full liquor license greatly increased business at the restaurant.
"Once we got approved for that license, we saw an incredible increase in business. We're not a sports bar - we don’t have giant TVs on the walls - but to be able to offer a full menu of drink options is great," Rocha said.
Rocha says she doesn’t have much spare time, but when she does, she enjoys spending time with her two children.
"My son is a special-needs child, so we tailor our time around his abilities, looking for fun things to do as a family that he can enjoy," Rocha said.
Planning to visit Fiddlehead? Odds are, you’ll encounter Rocha today, tomorrow, or the next...
"Unless I move away, I don't foresee myself leaving Fiddlehead anytime soon," she said.
Fiddlehead Restaurant is located at 422 Franklin St, Michigan City, IN 46360. Check them out online at https://www.fiddleheadmc.com/