Our Team

The executive staff not only brings an incredible amount of experience and background to the table, but a love and passion for what The Neely House stands for. Love, Beauty, and Food.

For Reservations please call 765-216-1647


Russell Irving,
Creator & Co-Owner

Born and raised in Muncie, Russell graduated from Delta High School. He studied Animation at California Institute of the Arts, Interior Design at The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and Hospitality at Ivy Tech in Indianapolis.

His passion for The Neely House and the Thomas Neely story began in 1983 when his friend and historian Michael Mavis took him on a tour of the house. His obsession has stayed with him through a prior ownership and his re-purchase of the home in 2017. With a commitment of ongoing research and restoration, Russell believes the Neely story can continue to be told and experienced as an inspirational look at the way we live, love and gather together around food.

Email Russell at russell@theneelyhouse.com


Ean Taylor,
Operations Manager & Co-Owner

Ean is a graduate of Ball State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and a Master’s Degree in Social Work with Indiana University at Indianapolis. Ean’s retired from social work and is now a silent partner at Alliance Equestrian Center where he engages in his passion for horses. As restaurants are prone to drama, his social work skills will be highly value the Neely House.”

Email Ean at ean.taylor@theneelyhouse.com


Chad Ortman,
General Manager

Chad grew up outside of Kokomo, Indiana and attended Northwestern Schools. An avid nature lover, Chad spent most of his young years outside. He was an active athlete participating in Swim team and track team. When he was not on the track or in the pool he was found in the drafting classroom working on blueprints. The drafting helped Chad’s interests grow in architecture and interior design.

He graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelors in residential Property Management and interior design with a minor in restaurant management. He comes to us after 17 years at Texas Roadhouse and 3 years at Amazing Joes.

Email Chat at chad.ortman@theneelyhouse.com


Nick Kirkpatrick,
Chef De Cuisine

The Neely House is humbled to have Nick Kirkpatrick as their sous chef. From coffee shops to country clubs, Nick has more than thirteen years of experience. He is driven by his intense desire to be the best that he can be. He is in a constant quest for knowledge and new ideas. We are very happy to have him as an integral part of the team.

Email Nick at nick.kirkpatrick@theneelyhouse.com


Cameron De Lawter,

It is difficult to describe the level of passion Cameron brings to the art of mixology. His skills are unsurpassed in any bar we have visited. The Neely House is proud to offer such a huge talent at our quaint ‘Dragonfly Lounge’.

Email Cameron at cameron.delawter@theneelyhouse.com


Tuesday - Thurs 4pm - 9pm
Friday-Saturday - 10pm
Brunch is served Saturday & Sunday from 10am-2pm


617 East Adams Street
Muncie, IN 47305




Please call 765-216-1647

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