SPEEDWAY — Main Street here will see another new business come May.
Rolling in the Dough will sell everything from pasta dough, pizza dough, tortillas, pie crusts, scones, baked goods, prepared manicotti, chicken salad, soups, salads, sandwiches, and take home pastas and sauces.
The owners started out with selling their dough at a farmers’ market last summer.
“We had always done it for our family and friends and we thought ‘why not sell some and see how it goes?’” co-owner Cathy McMannis said. “We ended up applying to the Indy Winter Market downtown and we were kind of surprised at how well we were received. We started out hand cranking with about 16 pounds of pasta the first week and it was gone in less than an hour, so we doubled that the next Saturday and it was gone in an hour and 15 minutes. We have 10 flavors and different shapes of pasta ... we got up to 75 pounds in one Saturday and we were blown away. I thought ‘how can we ever keep up with this?’”
McMannis and her son Cip invested in an extruder once they learned what a market there was for what they were selling. They needed a commercial kitchen and decided they needed to look for a place to set up shop.
“There are only so many things you can do as a home-based vendor and we wanted to do more, so Traders Point Creamery (in Zionsville) picked us up and they’re carrying our stuff,” McMannis said. “It’s been a whirlwind. My mom was a great cook and she passed that on to me, and now all my boys cook … we just love food. My mom gave my sisters and I a hand crank pasta maker for Christmas one year and that’s how it started. We made fresh pasta and we’re amazed people didn’t do that themselves.”