The demise of Damon's Grill

January 14, 2008
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Damon’sThe Indianapolis restaurateur who owns D'Vine Wine Bar and The Melting Pot has closed his two remaining Damon's Grill locations, at Southport Road and I-65, and along State Road 37 in Martinsville. Bennet Ackerman said each of the stores was losing money. He closed his Damon's restaurant in Greenwood several months ago. That location will soon be home to an Arni's restaurant. The owners of the other two buildings have begun a search for new restaurant tenants. Damon's still has two Indianapolis-area locations, at I-465 and Kentucky Avenue, and along East 21st Street.
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  • Hey Corey,

    Thanks for the update, I requested weeks ago. By the way, get your GPS updated. You and many others mistakenly refer to this area (Southport and I-65) as Greenwood which is about five miles farther down the road. It's NOT Greenwood, by any stretch of the imagination.
  • Get over it Darrell
  • Darrell: I graduated from Southport HS, so I'm well aware that Southport and I-65 isn't Greenwood. Re-read the post. He had three locations, including one on SR 135 in Greenwood. The ones near Southport and in Martinsville just closed, and the one in Greenwood closed last June.
  • Darrell - I agree many people refer to that area as Greenwood, but I don't see where Cory did it in this post.
  • Wow... who knew that there could be so much pent up anger about a blog post concerning a restaurant closing.
  • I bet Darrell is a real treat to know. Geez dude, just because it's a blog, doesn't mean you have to be rude. If you want to be rude, you can post on the Indy Star talkback.

    Thanks as always for the info Cory! I do research for my job and find your blog to be most helpful in staying informed.
  • Seems like Damon's has been struggling for some time. It was popular in Bloomington until a confrontation between a certain ESPN columnist to be and an IU basketball ex-pat to be over his cutting the line--then nobody went there anymore.
  • Since we're busy splitting hairs today, Cory, there's no e in Arni's. :)

    Sad to see those Damon's going away; we liked to stop at the Martinsville location on our way to or from Bloomington. GREAT food, can't figure out why they have failed in so many places.
  • I'm surprised the Damon's concept hung on as long as it did...one of the early ones in Indy was at 86th and Allisonville; I remember eating there in the late '80's.

    Ribs aren't really chain food. There are any number of really good local rib joints in any city and Indy is no exception.
  • Good catch, Fishers gal.
  • Darrell, don't blame Cory for taking so long with that update you requested. I'm sure he wasn't aware that he worked for you. I mean, this whole time his paychecks have said Indianapolis Business Journal on them, so you can see where the confusion might come in.
  • Who cares what I65 & Southport is officially called. I call it a traffic nightmare and horriffic planning and zoning.

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