Roundup: Westfield cafe closes; plus new pho, fro-yo, BBQ and baked goods

October 4, 2013
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Marlow’s Café closed in September after more than three decades on State Road 32 in Westfield, and the breakfast-and-lunch spot is set to be replaced by an eatery specializing in Vietnamese soup.

Super Bowl Pho could open this month, said building owner Bob Marlow, who is renting the space to another restaurant operator.

Marlow and his wife, Annette, ran the café in downtown Westfield for 36 years, working more than their fair share of weekends and holidays. For the past two years, they were its only employees.

The Noblesville couple hung up their aprons when it stopped being fun.

“My wife and I didn’t enjoy it any longer,” said Marlow, 63. “The restaurant business will drive you nuts.”

Among their challenges: selling enough biscuits and gravy to pay for maintenance of the aging building and property taxes, which Marlow said amount to about $6,000 a year. The state’s 3-percent cap on business property taxes is onerous for small businesses, he said.

“I’m drowning in taxes,” he said.

The Marlows are keeping the Main Street building, which also houses a Carpet Express store. About 1,200 square feet of second-floor office space is available for lease.

In other retail news from the northern ’burbs:

— Tenants are emerging for The Bridges, mixed-use project taking shape at 116th Street and Spring Mill Road in Carmel. The latest additions to the 9,600-square-foot retail center that developer Gershman Brown Crowley Inc. is building next to a 13,200-square-foot CVS pharmacy: outlets for Orange Leaf frozen yogurt and Morellis Cleaners.

— The long-awaited Fishers Marketplace development at State Road 37 and 131st Street also is making progress. In addition to the Walmart Neighborhood Market and Lake City Bank branch under construction, national tenants include Zaxby’s, Bagger Dave’s Legendary Burger Tavern, City Barbeque, Noodles & Co. and Which Wich, according to developer Thompson Thrift’s website. New to the lineup: Mooresville-based Squealers BBQ Grill, which plans to build a 5,300-square-foot restaurant.

— A Carmel building that once housed Ritter’s Frozen Custard and a now-shuttered crepery is set to become Faith’s Cake Ball Factory. Owners Faith and Jeff Bublick want to repaint the blue steel roof and signage at 930 N. Rangeline Road with a more frosting-like fuchsia. Their goal is to distinguish the new business from the previous failed enterprises and “create an exciting new appearance reflective of a shop that sells … chocolate-coated confectionery items,” they wrote in an application for the change.

— Back in Westfield, Union Baking Co. has opened in a historic bank building at the corner of Union and Main Streets—just down the block from Marlow’s Café. Owner Kelly Evans also operates Le Dolce Vita Patisserie in Zionsville. The European-style bakeries offer a range of mouth-watering sweet treats, plus the requisite array of coffee drinks.

  • Yogurt and stuff
    First, do we really need another yogurt place in Carmel? There are more than enough of these places in the north 'burbs/north side of Indy. Second, it is good to see someone trying to revive the former custard place between Rangeline and the Monon. I am surprised that this location has not been filled or profitable given its high density/high traffic location.
    • More of the same
      Sounds like the Bridges is filling up with more outlets of the same stores in every other strip mall. How about something unique?
      • Exactly
        Ben and Sam, exactly. None of this development was needed. That was one of the main objections in the first place. Duplication of services already offered, and forced upon us in a traditionally residential area. I hope these folks got sweetheart leases, especially during the early years. The 31 construction is going to be tough to overcome. Expect Walgreens to apply for zoning for the north west corner of Spring Mill and 116th, as if we need another drug store there. Would have made sense if these were on the east side of Meridian. The Jimmy Johns going in will probably do well there, with the offices and hospital. I will never shop at any store in that development myself, just because I don't believe they have any business there. The developers and owners insist they are also going to have a grocery store there also. No thank you. And, wait for the gas stations and Bars.
      • CVS everywhere
        Very disheartening to see a prime location such as the Bridges as home to yet another CVS/Jimmy Johns/yogurt shop. How many empty yogurt shops will there be in 5 years?
      • Carmel
        We need a gas station on Rangeline. Take one of those empty spots and make a convenience store. I think it would do really well along there.
        • Rangeline Gas
          There already are gas stations on Rangeline. There are 5 of them from 116th to 131st.
        • Giant Eagle coming to the Bridges
          There is also a Giant Eagle supermarket/fuel station coming to the Bridges as well. I don't know a timeline, but it is their "Market District" concept which is of course upscale in nature. There was a previous IBJ article about this expansion.

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