Roundup: Dunkin closing downtown, Yats opening

March 29, 2013
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  • Dunkin donuts 225pxDunkin Donuts is shutting its downtown store Saturday at 48 E. Washington St. The company is directing customers to its nearby location within Bankers Life Fieldhouse. At the same time, Dunkin Donuts has planted a sign north of 96th Street along Michigan Road announcing the construction of a store there.
  • Cartridge World, behind Dunkin Donuts along North Pennsylvania Street, will remain open while a local broker is marketing the two storefronts for lease as 2,800 square feet of contiguous space.
  • L.S. Ayres Tea Room inside the Indiana State Museum is closing, but only temporarily, from April 15 to May 12 for minor renovations. The improvements are part of an effort to transform the room from a cafeteria-style restaurant into a farmer's market café.
  • Hong Kong Inn, at 8079 E. 38th St. near Franklin Road, has closed after 43 years in business due to “a very challenging environment,” according to a sign on the door.

Now the openings:

  • Yats Cajun Creole and Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt have opened in The Avenue, a mixed-use project that includes 22,000 square feet of retail space  at 910 W. 10th St. near the IUPUI campus.
  • Foundry Provisions, a café at the northwest corner of 16th & Alabama streets, opened Friday in 1,200 square feet of space. The café is operated by brothers Mark and Josh Nottingham, who bought the 100-year-old building and the former gas station next door that now houses the café.
  • Another Broken Egg, a breakfast and lunch chain based in Mandeville, La., is opening its first Indiana restaurant April 15 at 9435 N. Meridian St. in the former home of La Margarita. The franchisee also operates local Ruth's Chris Steak House locations. Earlier post is here.
  • Twist Lounge, an upscale bar from the owners of Zest! Exciting Food Creations, plans to open in late April in space next to the popular restaurant along 54th Street about a block east of the Monon Trail. The lounge is taking about 2,100 square feet. Earlier post is here.
  • Taste expansion?
    Noticed the spot between Red Key and Taste is under construction? Which one is expanding? ;)
    • Taste!
      Looking at the building permit posted at the site, Taste is expanding. The corner is really looking alive! Now the neighborhood just has to gently nudge Sparkle Cleaners to upgrade their "look."
    • Intersection
      While I am surprised that Dunkin Donuts is closing this location given the locale and amount of traffic that flows through that store, this potentially could be a great opportunity. An earlier article in the IBJ talked about the older building next to DD on Washington and that it potentially will be rehab. Let's hope the city, architects, developers, etc do something great with this intersection because it is a major intersection in downtown and is very visible.
    • Dunkin'
      Not too shocked to see Dunkin Donuts closed. Whoever operated that location didn't seem to know what they were doing, they were always understaffed and the people working there didn't seem to interested in their jobs. Still, with prime real estate like that you'd think they would make it work...
    • Tower
      Perfect opportunity for that crazy tower to be reconsidered! IBJ, do you have a link to that story of the guy who wanted to build that huge twisty tower at this location?
    • Taste
      Taste is opening a very cool craft cocktail lounge called Eat+Drink opening very soon! It will be AMAZING!! Keep watching!

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    1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

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