Arnold “Arni” Cohen opened the doors to the flagship restaurant in 1965 at Market Square Shopping Center in Lafayette. Originally seating a little over 100 people, within 10 years Arni’s at Market Square was one of the largest and most successful restaurants in Indiana, with seating for almost 500 patrons.
The company is now owned by Arni’s 2 sons, Kurt and Brad Cohen. Arni Cohen was a board member of the Indiana Restaurant Association and was elected to the Indiana Restaurant Association Hall of Fame in 2002. Arni’s operates 18 restaurants throughout Central and Southern Indiana, as well as Linarco Distributing Company, a food production and distribution facility.