Roundup: Illinois Food Emporium sold; Snooty Fox update

August 12, 2014
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Illinois Street Food Emporium, a north-side staple that’s been serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner for more than three decades, has a new owner.

Vivian Farris, a longtime local restaurant manager, announced Tuesday that’s she’s purchased the restaurant at 5550 N. Illinois St. from founders Ernie and Sue Kobets. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Farris said in a prepared statement that her vision for the restaurant, synonymous with its location since 1979, is to “continue to be the premier bakery and upscale cafe in Indianapolis offering great food, friendly service and reasonable prices in a clean and comfortable atmosphere.”

The Indianapolis native has more than 30 years of restaurant experience, including stints as general manager at Talbott Street Nightclub, Malibu Grill and TGI Fridays.  

The menu, catering service and hours of operation will not change at this time, Farris said.

Illinois Street Food Emporium is open Monday and Saturday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

In other restaurant news, more details have emerged on Ed Sahm’s plans for the Nora building that formerly housed The Snooty Fox.

The owner of the Sahm’s chain told IBJ that he plans to convert half the space at 1435 E. 86th St. into a microbrewery to be called Big Lug Brewery, with the northern portion operating as a Rockstone Pizzeria & Pub. He also hopes to have a beer garden fronting the Monon Trail.

The pizzeria will seat 160 and the microbrewery 100.

Sahm opened his first Rockstone early this year at 11501 Allisonville Road in Fishers, next door to Sahm’s Restaurant. Sahm has a total of 11 eateries in the Indianapolis area.

Sahm is targeting a late January opening and will operate the two establishments with his son Eddie, who owns Sahm’s Place at the southeast corner of East 65th Street and North Keystone Avenue.

The Snooty Fox closed in October 2011 after a 29-year run.


The latest Walmart Neighborhood Market in the Indianapolis area opens Wednesday at 5555 Michigan Road.

The 41,000-square-foot store will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It's part of the retailing giant’s plans to open up to 300 smaller-format groceries this year.

Walmart now has five neighborhood markets in the Indianapolis area.


  • Incredible Pizza Company
    Incredible Pizza Company on South Hardegan Street is closing next week... announced on their Facebook page over the weekend. They've been there many years and have been a beloved family fun place. Many of their franchises have closed in the last couple of years though... mostly because of owing back rent.
  • Congrats!
    Congrats and best of luck to Vivian Farris on this new endeavor! Is she no longer part of the management team at Talbott? If not, and this is a recent development, does this spell changes for the future of Talbott Street?
  • When Eddie Met Salad
    Unrelated: Does anyone know what happened to When Eddie Met Salad? At one point they had 5 locations. I think that their down to 1 in Carmel.
    • Salad
      It is not the best realization of what COULD be a decent concept. The one downtown has been closed for several months now, and I don't know that anyone misses it.
    • Salad
      Souplantation is what When Eddie Met Salad would like to have grown up to be.
    • Eddie Met Salad Closed in Carmel
      Their location on 126th St & Old Meridian by Stacked Pickle/Meijer is closed as well.
    • Vivian Farris
      Many thanks to the Kobets and good luck to the new owner. We have always enjoyed the restaurant. One comment/suggestion - extend the hours of operation. 7:30pm is a little too early to close. A 4pm closing time on Saturday is crazy. And not open on Sunday?
    • When Eddie Met Salad
      There used to be one at West 86th Street & Purdue Road on the NW Corner (behind Einstein Bagels.
    • Change can be good
      1. Eddi met Salad Downtown - made me sick every time I ate there. Good riddence to overpriced salad. 2. Congrats to Kobet and to Ms Farris. The space has always been a resturant. I remember going there when it was Huddle in the 60's & 70's. The Kobet had a perfect spot. 3. Souplantation There are not any of those in Indy? Did you mean Soupremacy right off the circle? Hope so. Change is good for Indy. Good luck to all
    • WEMS
      Eddie Sans sold his business to a guy who run all the locations into the ground.
      • Old IHOP in Castleton
        This doomed building was torn down this week. Started as an IHOP, then a Greek-type diner, lastly a mediocre Mexican restaurant. Any plans for the site yet?
      • Ex Employee Maybe?
        Judging by your lack of truthful information, I'd assume you use to work for this Eddie Sans fellow?

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