Bar & Grill replacing trophy shop

December 21, 2007
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Brothers SpecialsBrothers Bar & Grill, a small Wisconsin-based chain, has filed plans to replace Broad Ripple Trophy Center at one of the neighborhood's most prominent corners, said Senior Planner Bryan Pohl. Other tenants in the one-story building include Union Jack’s, Sigman’s Art Gallery, Honeysuckle Home and Kiln Creations. The Brothers chain has 12 restaurants in the Midwest, including a location in West Lafayette. Bardach Awards, which operates the awards shop and owns the building, hopes to move to an industrial building on the north side or in Carmel, said Diane Bardach-Beck, the company’s president. A more low-key location makes sense since most of Bardach’s business is corporate, she said. She confirmed the building, at 910 Broad Ripple Avenue, is under contract.
  • Not a big deal Cory, I assumed it was a technical issue, I think I may have accidentally double posted the same comment. Happy Holidays!

    I just think we should embrace local restaurants when they are being built (regardless of the type of establishment). So much chatter on here is based on the desire to rid ourselves of the saturation of chains, but in the same breath the exact same posters dog the local establishments. Not saying we don't need improvement, but let's be thankful for the investment that is occuring. I think Scotty's downtown will be great! Very good beer selection too. It won't rival the Rathskellar, but it's a great alternative (for beer lovers). Oh, and I have no connection to Scotty's. Promise.
  • Oops...wrong blog.
  • Any word on how many of the storefront windows they're going to re-open up? I've been waiting for an announcement like this for a while. That trophy shop has been a big hole on the strip for years.

    Also, does anyone know if anything has opened in the new building on E. Westfield Blvd, right around the corner from the trophy shop? I haven't made it up to Broad Ripple in a few months.
  • oh my god! have mine eyes deceived me!?? the dark shroud that has laid across the wonderful corner will be lifted!?? i don't care that it's a chain, i'm just glad that there will be some sort of pedestrian use there. maybe they'll even re-open the windows (which have unfortunately become plastered over for the most part). as posted earlier, i've been eye-balling that corner for nine years and finally it will have a higher use. i'm truly surprised that they didn't do this years ago - they must've gotten a great price for the prime spot. looking forward to it!
  • ablerock - i haven't seen any signs on the new westfield blvd building yet. i do know that the owner is wanting retail on the ground floor, i believe office space on the second, and then living space above. looking forward to that completion as well!
  • I'm surprised that this had not happened earlier, what with this being such a prime corner. I think this will add to the vitality of the broad ripple area. While the trophy business had been there foreever, this is the type of business that could succeed almost anywhere -- not in the heart of a bustling, pedestrian arts/commerce district.
  • now, if we could just get jimmy john's to relocate and make something happen on that corner...oh yeah, and maybe a sweet flat-iron building for the site of the shuttered marathon station/marco's (of course they would need to relocate too)!
  • Yeah the renderings I've seen woudl indicate that the windows would be restored to larger windows with awnings over them and a new outdoor seating area similar to what Bleecker Street has. All in all, this seems very positive.
  • Thanks for the info tidbits ryan and No One.
  • wait... does someone have the building under contract to rezone and go vertical or just a lease for a new restaurant?
  • Having been an employee at the trophy center for 7+ years, I can also say it's strange we've been here for so long, but our CEO owns the whole block, from Bleecker St. down to Sigmans. His family has owned it since 1969, and we're a larger operation than most people think. Making a move like this and selling a piece of real estate of this caliber isn't just an overnight process. He's been looking into moving for years, which is really smart for us. (not for me--I live in Broad Ripple so I'll miss the quick drive!!) I will miss working in the area and being a part of the community, but alas, it's time to move on.
  • Looking at the Brothers web site, it looks like a pretty active party bar with lots of beer specials and cover after 9:00 p.m. Has the BRVA said anything about this new addition? I don't know anything about how much approval BRV has over new businesses, but it just seems that with the already crazy Friday and Saturday night situation on Broad Ripple Avenue -- public intox, trash, traffic, heavy police presence, etc. -- that there would be some discussion of adding another big draw restaurant/bar. Or will this discussion come later?
  • Ivo, it would be a shame to knock down that historic brick/terra cotta storefront. If opened up, it would contribute greatly to the character of the corridor.

    I'd sooner see height/bulk on the Subway and Jimmy John's sites as there is height and bulk behind and beside them.
  • this will be a complete re-beautification of the corner of Broad Ripple Ave. and Guilford...all the windows will be reopened and made operational...the entire property will get a new lighting system and new awnings will be installed throughout...Brothers will bring renewed vitality to a somewhat forgotten prime corner of this great entertainment district...and your right Bardach Awards will be successful where ever they go…i hear they run a great business
  • all there will be two new tenant spaces on Broad Ripple Ave.
  • the property will be completely restored to it's original beauty
  • Ivo, the building is under contract, but Brothers does not have plans to go vertical. They apparently are fond of renovating and moving into older buildings.

    The rendering isn't clear enough to post here, but it shows reopened windows, awnings and outdoor dining, as Gary mentioned.

    By the way, does anyone have a picture of this building? If so, could you e-mail it to me at I'd like to add it to the post.
  • Braingirl - I think the owner has met with BRVA, and they are okay with it.
  • BRVA is not Nora:) But no point in putting awnings on the Broad Ripple Ave. elevation. This block of sidewalk is EXTREMELY narrow.
  • By the way, it's interestig that no one seems to mind that Broad Ripple is losing a day use employer. For the some of the workers, the commute might improve, but it's doubtful that the lunch spots will.
  • cranky, that kind of day use isn't compatible with a retail/restaurant oriented area. When Bright Ideas outgrew the village, they moved up Westfield to a suitable location. Bardach could move south to the industrial area around Bee Window (along the Monon between 52nd and 54th) and remain in the general vicinity with a more suitable location.
  • There needs to be more retail in Broad Ripple, not more bars. For Indy to attract young professionals, the city needs to focus much, much more on improving BR and tell the BRVA to goto hell.
  • jared, Broad Ripple is what it is...what makes it unique and appealing is the fact that you have both daytime and nighttime businesses operating in harmony...and yes you are right BR does need more quality i said above the owners plan to have 2 additional retail spaces on BR Ave.
  • Retail has already died once on BR Ave. That's why there are bars and banks and restaurants and Starbucks in so many of the retail spaces.

    The space currently occupied by Sunflower Market was once a music store and a bookstore, both national/regional chains. The Subway was Walker Cleaners. Jimmy Johns was a flower shop. Houseworks started on the southeast corner of BR and College, where Peppers and Scholars have been located. Hoosier Gardener Antiques was in the strip with the tobacco and shoe repair places. BRT was a laundromat. There was a used bookstore and comix shop next to the Post Office. And those are just the ones this old graybeard can remember from 25 years in the neighborhood.

    The funky local retail has mostly retreated north of the canal because rents are so high on BR Ave.
  • Any news on the Fashion Mall expansion? Any rumored new tenants?
  • I have heard rumors that Penn Centre is stalled and might not get built. Any updates Cory?
  • What I found interesting from the Star article this morning is that zoning requires 60 parking spaces for this site. Indy's zoning code is so backwards. The entire old city is effectively a non-conforming use because the current zoning code is suburban in its character. Not only does this raise the cost for anyone who wants to do business in the city, it introduces delays. Most importantly, because it requires a variance, this allows neighborhood groups to derail almost anything they don't like (or at least make the developer's life miserable for a while) by protesting the variance. A new zoning code for the old city is a critical need. Rather than mandating strip mall development, it should be banning strip mall development.
  • Say it isn't so, Purple Pineapple! Cory, if you could shed any light on these so-called
  • Wow, that was strange. My comment got pretty scrambled.

    Cory, if you could shed some light on the Penn Centre rumors that would be appreciated. That's what I was trying to say in my last comment. :)
  • The Urbanophile, the zoning requirements in Indy are indeed a disgrace and absolute joke. People wonder why we will never have mass transit. A huge part is zoning in this city.
  • the trophy shop - your online awards store - gainesville FL
    The Trophy Shop
    Street: 707 Northwest 13th Street
    Gainesville, fl 32601-4918
    Phone: (352) 372-8551

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