Buggs Temple tenants close their doors

November 6, 2013
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A restaurant and event center located in the historic Buggs Temple at the head of the Central Canal have closed.

Buggs Temple 225pxCustomers of Creation Cafe and Euphoria Events were greeted Tuesday by a sign on the door that reads: “Despite our best efforts, we have been unable to reach an agreement to remain in tenancy at this location and we are forced to cease operations as of today, Nov. 5.”

Co-owners Lynn Shepherd and Amy Hornsby also posted a note on Creation Cafe’s website, indicating that they are searching for a new location to reopen the restaurant.

A representative of the building's owner said the five-year lease expired Oct. 20, and the two sides were too far apart in negotiating a new agreement. The group said it did not seek a rent increase. It hopes to sell the building or lease it to another user.

Creation Cafe, which occupied the ground level of the two-story temple, opened in 2008. Euphoria Events booked events at the temple, including those held in Creation Cafe and in the second-floor dining room and patio area.

Buggs Temple, built in 1918 at 337 W. 11th St.,, underwent a $3.5 million renovation that dragged from late 2003 to 2007. When the building reopened in 2007, the downstairs eatery was known as the Grille at Buggs Temple and the upstairs restaurant was called Tavern at the Temple. Creation Cafe and Euphoria replaced those tenants in 2009.

The site suffers from a lack of parking, retail brokers say.

  • Sad Turn of Events
    Creation Cafe has been a favorite downtown dining spot of ours. Our first choice when hosting guests from out of town and we had a graduation celebration there for one of our kids.
  • Will be missed
    What a bummer. I went here often and it is a great spot being on the canal and a great view of the city. It was also a cool ecletic place (for Indy). And yes, parking was terrible but it was still a great place to hang out at.
  • lack of parking?!?!
    Have these so called "retail brokers" been to this location? There is ample street parking almost directly across the street.
  • Noise Level
    Let's hope they make it a priority to look for and find locations where you don't have to shout to be heard at your own table, like you did in the all wood Buggs Temple they didn't renovate whatsoever to muffle noise. THAT'S why I never went back after eating there once, not the parking situation.
  • Disappointed
    I am also disappointed to see the doors shuttered here, but I would tend to agree with Shane that parking is not the primary issue. When we first started patronizing this restaurant several years ago, the food was very good and lunch crowds were huge. However, over the last 12-18 months, we found the quality of the food and service had declined considerably. My wife and I went there for dinner one evening a few months back and found the menu had been reduced to one page. Further, their chicken breast sandwich and other chicken dishes had been some of our favorites and the new menu didn't have any offering with chicken. We sat there for fifteen minutes debating on whether we would leave or not, but since no one came by to check on us, the decision was easy...we left. Here's hoping there is another group that can make a go of it here and we wish Lynn and Amy all the best at a new location (please include some chicken offerings at your new location).
  • stop with the parking
    I have to agree with the previous comment. Get over the parking. It wasn't that bad. There was ample street parking on Capitol. Just walk across the IU Health parking lot. I think this location was plagued more by the seasonality of the location (always busy in the summer, dead in the winter). Sorry to see it go, but I was equally guilty in not going there the past two years.
  • Parking??
    Who are these jokers that are blaming the lack of parking. There was AMPLE parking here. Seems like in our morbidly obese state, lack of parking is always the go to excuse for any urban business that doesn't do well
  • loved the outdoor space
    Would come often with my dog and his dog friends to sit on the patio and have treats from Three Dog Bakery (the dogs had their own menu). It was a great way to enjoy a summer evening overlooking the canal.
  • Easy on the parking quib
    The article simply noted the parking detail to relate to the fact that the owners might be selling or re-leasing, not in an effort to blame the closure of the restaurant on parking. Read the article before you blow-up about it. Yes, parking is a concern when comparing two spaces for potential purchase/lease, which is why the author noted that.
  • Supposed to have Wedding in December
    My fiancée and I are supposed to get married there December 28th and now we have no venue and no reception area. They also were our caterers and cake provider. We are devistated and very sad they closed! If anybody has any helpful ideas, let me know!
    • Loss of a Gem
      This restaurant and its location was a true gem to the Indianapolis area community. The food and service was great and the location was OUTSTANDING! Have been to this location many many times and had my wedding there this summer. There is PLENTY of parking. This is a real shame and will be missed.
    • New Venue for Wedding Ceremony & Reception
      Fredrick, Please email me at boneill@indianamuseum.org. I might be able to help. Bryna O'Neill
      • Alright State Museum!
        Great to see venues stepping in to help people out. The State Museum Rocks!
      • So Sad/favorite place
        This news is so sad. It is a location we take friends and family to when they are in town. It is especially nice when weather permits eating outside. I find it hard to believe parking is part of the problem. Meter parking, parking across the street in the lot and garage are available. I believe you need to talk some more!
      • Positive I can help
        Fredrick, please give me a call at 542-8333. I am very familiar with the future plans for Bugg's Temple. And I am 100% positive we can help.
      • Get off your soap boxes
        I had been going to CC since around the time they opened. At that time, their website said that there was street parking and free parking in the garage across the street. After some people got in trouble with the private garage, they changed the note to say not to park in the garage at all, but pointed out the city lot next to the garage, so we started parking there. The last time I went to grab a carry out sandwich, the street was full, the lot was full, Senate was full, 10th Street full, etc. At that point I figured it wasn't worth the hassle and that my $9 sandwich would probably have rotten lettuce on it anyway (like previous ones) and would take 30 minutes for them to make it, so I drove three blocks to Jimmy Johns (had never ordered my CC sandwich), got my $6 sandwich in three minutes and parked by the door. Simple competition. Yes, in theory, I could've walked six miles from the empty Coke Lot to CC, but you get the point. Indy isn't Chicago. People like easy in and out, sometimes because they are lazy, sometimes due to lack of lunch hour time. I'm not saying it's right, but it is what is. I've also spoken with a couple of restaurant owners at The Avenue and they have struggled due to the perceived lack of parking, even though there is a garage free for the first hour. My two cents.
      • Thomas
        Thomas Caterers of Distinction has purchased it, which is just an absolute mistake. It is going from a venue that brings vibrancy every day to a canal that needed it, to something that will only be used for special events. Terrible.

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