Around town roundup: Red Lion, Pat-A-Cakes, Firehouse

January 15, 2010
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  • Red Lion Grog House is taking 1,800 square feet in Fountain Square's Murphy Building at 1043 Virginia Ave. The English-style pub and restaurant, the brainchild of proprietor Walt Bolinger, is slated to open in the next few weeks.
  • Pat-A-Cakes and Cookies Too, a popular Noblesville bakery at State Road 32 and Little Chicago Road, is opening a new location near 116th Street and Olio Road in Fishers. Partners Tricia Perkinson and Cheryl Bowman expect to open the new store at 11679 Olio Road by the Spring.
  • Firehouse Subs has filed plans to open a location in the former home of an Indian restaurant northeast of 86th Street and Michigan Road. The 1,600-square-foot sub shop, owned by franchisee Mark Adams, is the second Indianapolis-area location for the Jacksonville, Fla.-based chain. The other is along U.S. Highway 36 in Avon.
  • Bombay Garden Restaurant is taking 2,200 square feet in a strip center anchored by Furniture Discounters at 4150 E. Lafayette Road, just down the street from Lafayette Square Mall. The owner is C.G. Patel.
  • A&W Root Beer is taking over the former Jody Maroni's Sausage Kingdom and Le Petite Bistro space in the Circle Centre mall food court. The new tenant was first reported on Twitter (Follow Property Lines here).
  • Store Close/Open
    Café O closed
    Red Eye Café closed.
    Also Honeysuckle Home (Kitchen/Bathroom) boutique is moving to the downtown area from Broadripple Ave.
  • Oh, boy
    Another faux English pub? Oy vay, get some imagination, Indy!

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  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

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