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Redevelopment planned for prime Broad Ripple corner

September 9, 2010
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A local real estate investor is trying to lure a new restaurant to a prime corner in Broad Ripple.
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Laughners exit restaurant business after 122 years with Loon Lake Lodge closure

August 17, 2010
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The Laughner family has closed the Loon Lake Lodge in Castleton, ending a 122-year run of operating restaurants in Indianapolis.
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Dunkin Donuts angling to take over Bonjour building

June 2, 2010
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Dunkin Donuts and Baskin-Robbins could soon take over the former home of Bonjour Cafe & Bakery at Meridian and 24th streets if the owner wins city approval to add a drive-through.
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Downtown shakeup: Tea Cozy closes, Sahm's moves, Urban Elements expands

February 25, 2010
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Check out a roundup of big changes for the downtown restaurant scene including Tea Cozy, Sahm's and Urban Element, plus a new fitness option at the Majestic Building.
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Developer plans expansion of Riley Towers apartments

January 12, 2010
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The owner of downtown's Riley Towers apartments is working on plans for a 5-story expansion at 225 E. North St. that would add 54 apartment units and more than 4,000 square feet of retail space.
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Flying Cupcake expands, Bobby Joe's shuts down

January 4, 2010
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The Flying Cupcake Bakery is opening a new location along Mass Ave next door to Scholar's Inn downtown. Plus, more restaurant news!
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Around town retail roundup

November 17, 2009
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Check out some of the latest comings and goings among Indianapolis restaurants and retail shops, including a new bar in downtown's 3Mass, Hot Box planning a new location and a wine shop headed to Fishers.
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Yats opening new concept near Central Library

October 21, 2009
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Yats plans to open a new restaurant and bar concept in the first floor of the The Ambassador apartment building next to the Central Library.
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New coffee shop named for Fletcher Place founder

October 20, 2009
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Local investors have opened a new coffee shop in Fletcher Place they plan to turn into a not-for-profit to raise money for local charities.
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Amusement center taking space in Clay Terrace

October 15, 2009
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A children's amusement center is taking over the former Circuit City space at Clay Terrace in Carmel.
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Around Indianapolis restaurant roundup

October 8, 2009
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Several new restaurants are planned for the Indianapolis area.
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Around town roundup

September 9, 2009
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Find out about a new Latin market and tapas bar, plans to renovate the Apple Store and post office closings.
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Kilroy's will soon be here

August 31, 2009
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The former home of Smokey Bones Barbeque and Grill at 201 S. Meridian St. is getting a new tenant after sitting vacant for more than two years. The Bloomington institution Kilroy's plans to open a new location in the 8,700-square-foot space.
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Jack eyes 16th & Meridian

August 21, 2009
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Burger chain Jack in the Box is working on plans to open its first Indiana restaurant along Meridian Street just south of 16th Street. The chain has worked up preliminary plans to build on about an acre south of the new CVS pharmacy, brokers said.
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Barley Island taking SI space

July 24, 2009
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Noblesville's Barley Island Brewing Co. is planning to open a second restaurant and brewhouse in the former home of Scholar’s Inn Bakehouse at the corner of...
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Ambrosia plans downtown location

July 21, 2009
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The owner of the popular Broad Ripple Italian restaurant Ambrosia plans to open a new location downtown on the first floor of the Hampton Inn along Maryland Street. The...
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Cafe Nora, Ruth's Cafe close

July 14, 2009
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Owner Jim Nethercott said he had to shut down Saturday because of falling traffic and other financial troubles. His...
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Around town restaurant roundup

July 2, 2009
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Several tasty nuggets today: Iozzo's Garden of Italy is slated to open July 17 along Meridian Street just south of Shapiro's and Greek Islands, in the former home of Leland's and Cafe@Ray. The...
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Panera plans outdoor dining

July 1, 2009
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Panera hopes to include sidewalk and atrium seating for its new restaurant under construction at Claypool Court. The bakery cafe, which is taking second-floor space next door to Weber Grill, has asked...
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So long, SoDo

June 30, 2009
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The owners of a 1.3-acre parking lot southeast of Meridian and South streets have put the property up for sale, apparently putting an end to the dream...
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Restaurant in a bit of a Pickle

June 1, 2009
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Indianapolis didn't exactly warm to Spicy Pickle. The Denver-based restaurant chain shut down both of its Indianapolis-area locations shortly after opening them last year. But the chain hasn't rid itself...
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Owner has gourmet vision for Za

May 15, 2009
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The proprietor of a planned new pizza joint called Za in Broad Ripple, Michael Keenan, says he has enlisted an all-star...
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Touring the JW Marriott complex

May 12, 2009
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The developers of the new JW Marriott hotel complex gave photographer Robin Jerstad and me a tour of the $425 million project earlier this month....
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Conservancy work begins & more

April 17, 2009
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The Nature Conservancy broke ground Thursday for its new Indiana headquarters. The organization still needs to raise most of the $4.4 million cost of the building, but...
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Nia's Deli and 97th Landing

March 31, 2009
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A new lunch spot called Nia's Deli is on track to open next week in a building at 38 E. Washington St. (shown here) that burned in 2007. The space...
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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