A greasy-spoon grudge match

December 13, 2007
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Huddle HouseLong a staple in the South, Huddle House diners are beginning to pop up in Indiana. Can they outmatch Bud's Chili and Alice's Iced Tea over at Waffle House? The first Indianapolis-area Huddle House is at 7735 E. Brookville Rd., and the second location opened yesterday at 5015 Stop 11 Rd. The Atlanta-based chain is planning another six units in the area, including restaurants in Greencastle, Cloverdale, Fishers and Noblesville. They're also looking for new local franchisers, said Debra Webb, the chain's franchise development director. The chain was founded in 1964 and is owned by Washington, D.C.-based private equity firm Allied Capital.

More Restaurant News: Scholar's Inn Gourmet Cafe on Mass Ave. is planning to close at the end of December for an overhaul. An employee says the restaurant will get a new lounge and color scheme and reopen at the end of January.

  • MORE chains! UGH...
  • Oh, Boy.
    More chains
    While I am sympathic to that response for higher price points, some of these locations have very limited dining options! What's out on Brookville Road? The Subway in the gas station? Same for Cloverdale..

    Having said that, I don't know this menu, but I wish them successes. Even chains fail: Dog n' Suds, lots of closed Ritters...
  • The only thing worse that chains is the people who continue to bemoan them.

    Face it. They're a fact of life...Jeesh...

    Interesting about Scholar's. I wonder if that was planned or if it is in response to competition from 45 Degrees
  • Remember the Huddle at 56th and Illinois? Oh, I'm giving my age away again. It had great breakfasts. I assume this Huddle is not part of the old Huddle.
  • Peppy Grill or Bust
  • Cory, do you know what has happened, or not happened, to the Argentine restaurant across the street from your office on Washington Street? It was to open about a month ago.
  • Any word if Scholar's is overhauling the menu as well? Or maybe using the downtime to either teach the servers about good customer service or hire new staff?

    I really want to like that place but my wife and I gave up on it after a handful of trips (spread out over a year or so) when we walked away disappointed with the food and angry about the terrible service.
  • Support Local.
  • Don, seem many agree with you. The last few times I have been to Scholars Inn, there was not the crowd that had been there in the past.

    I think the lounge area definitely needs to be enlarged, martini night on Thursdays are a big draw, just not enough seating area if you want to only drink.
  • Hey...I liked Huddle House when I went there in Alabama. So what if they expand? someone's gotta appeal to the Waffle N Steak crowd. I don't think they're all gonna go over to Cheeseburger in Paradise.
  • color me free: Good question. They seem to have finished the renovation but haven't opened yet. I'll let you know if I hear anything.
  • I agree about the Scholar's Inn. Bad service, luke warm food, and pricey! Have walked out more than once.
  • Huddle House? Only the Huddle House can make Waffle House look like the Oceanaire.
    During my time in Savannah, I had quite an exeperience at the HH. My late night breakfast was delvered with a hair sticking out of the half-melted pat of butter on my toast. When I told the waitress, she picked up the toast, looked at it, pulled the hair out of the butter, set it back on my plate and said there ya go before walking back to her lit cigarette over by the grill. Yup the Huddle is quite a joint...
  • Oh boy, more places for hoosiers to get fatter!
  • Peppy Grill all the way (to the heart hospital!)
  • This should help to battle obesity
  • It's not the greasy food that makes people fat, it's their lack of control. We are beginning to make all of our food tasteless and bland in the name of health, when some self control would go a lot furthur.

    Also, if people didn't want chains, there would not be chains, so get over it.
  • Hopefully all the locations will be on the southside. I don't want one of these trashy places anywhere near me!
  • Since when does food have to be tasteless and bland to be healthy?? That's the kind of attitude that makes for a bunch of fat Hoosiers. Go over to Taste on College and 52nd, and grab a decent breakfast there. It will be full of flavor, reasonably priced, much healthier than a greasy spoon, and you won't be supporting another chain!
  • If I recall, the Huddle restaurants are pretty dismal. I agree with Mark--try Taste on College. The food is fantastic and you'll be supporting independent. For a great breakfast (or any meal), try Hoaglin's on Mass Ave. Never had a bad meal there and the service is great.
  • Look, sometimes I want a greasy breakfast or maybe a calorie laden burger. But I have self control, therefore, I am not in the obese, unhealthy group that you refer to. But you health nuts are ruining it for the rest of us that are able to control our appetites.

    As for chains vs local. I always support local over chains, but apparently the rest of the world does not or there would not be chains, so again, get over it.
  • Nancy -

    Please re-read the post... locations planned in Fishers and Noblesville. I guess you don't need basic reading comprehension skills to be a snob.
  • Does anyone else agree that this looks like a Discount Tire store?
  • Give me a break guys, I frequent Huddle House at Emerson & Stop 11, its close to my house. The breakfast is great, lunch and dinners are equally as good and the service is fast and friendly. By the way, the ownership is local. We love it. Quit talking negative smack when you have not even been there..give me a break!

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