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Roundup: El Sol returns; meatballs, wine on Mass Ave

August 25, 2014
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The original owner of El Sol De Tala is returning to reopen the east-side eatery, albeit under a different name, after the restaurant closed last month.
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Apartments, restaurant on tap for downtown's south side

August 21, 2014
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TWG Development is part of a joint venture that purchased the vacant building on South Meridian Street with plans for a $19 million project with 120 apartments and anchored by an eatery.
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Work set to start on Market Square tower in October

August 14, 2014
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A commitment from anchor tenant Whole Foods took longer than expected, delaying the start date on Flaherty & Collins' 28-story, $81 million apartment project.
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Roundup: Illinois Food Emporium sold; Snooty Fox update

August 12, 2014
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The Illinois Street Food Emporium, a north-side staple for decades, has a new owner, while the owner of the Sahm's chain dishes on his plans for the Snooty Fox building.
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Sahm's to take over Snooty Fox building in Nora

August 7, 2014
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The Indianapolis-based restaurant chain is set to occupy the building in Nora that's been vacant since the Snooty Fox closed in 2011 after a 29-year run at the location.
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First piece of Central State redevelopment nearly finished

August 5, 2014
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Local developer Reverie Estates is converting the administration building, now known as the Central State Mansion, into 67 dormitory-type rooms for student housing and welcomed its first tenant late last month.
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Developer plans five-story Broad Ripple office building

July 31, 2014
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At 85 feet, the ambitious project, set to be built on the property of a vacated American Legion post, would be the tallest in the village, even topping Browning Investments' proposed retail-and-apartment development.
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Roundup: Tinker Coffee, Tilted Kilt, Bar Rio and more

July 30, 2014
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Tinker Coffee Co., set to open just west of the Foundry Provisions cafe, will continue the trend of projects along 16th Street with Tinker in the title--a nod to 16th Street's original name.
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Newcomer's $25M spec project taps area's industrial muscle

July 24, 2014
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A Kansas City, Mo.-based developer has broken ground on a 740,000-square-foot distribution center in Lebanon, further juicing the Indy area's status as a hot industrial market.
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Downtown roundup: BL&T, Mo's, Starbucks and Pattern

July 22, 2014
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A new restaurant is set to take space at 1 N. Meridian St., Mo's is reopening and a popular Starbucks location is temporarily closed for remodeling.
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It's official: Yard House coming to Circle Centre

July 18, 2014
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The Orlando-based, beer-themed chain finally has sealed a deal to take 13,460 square feet at 42 W. Maryland St. in part of the space formerly occupied by Nordstrom.
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Italian eatery Piada opening in August on northeast side

July 18, 2014
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Piada Italian Street Food is set to open Aug. 22 in an outlot of The Shops at River Crossing, just east of The Fashion Mall. It will be the chain's second location in the Indy area.

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Roundup: More craft-beer pubs on tap for August

July 17, 2014
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TwoDeep Brewing and HopCat set to enter the craft beer scene; a third Pizzology opening; and a retail tenant coming to Ironworks at Keystone Avenue and East 86th Street.
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Developer seeks second phase for canal apartments

July 15, 2014
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Plans call for a six-story structure with 197 units, to be built south of the 10-story apartment building on downtown's Central Canal that Investment Property Advisors of Valparaiso is finishing.
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Former Omar Bakery building on East 16th set for revamp

July 10, 2014
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A Lincoln, Neb-based firm plans to spend up to $8 million to convert the nearly century-old vacant building into a mix of apartments and retail uses, possibly furthering the revitalization of the East 16th Street corridor.
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Roundup: Downtown microbrewery, CityWay deli, Clearwater tap

July 8, 2014
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Chilly Water Brewing Co. is making batches in The Hinge along Virginia Avenue, while Gandolfo's is coming to CityWay, where Chicago's Yolk also will open.
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Latest plans for Mass Ave land swap hit snag

July 3, 2014
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The Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission has expressed concerns about a proposed parking lot tied to a complex land deal involving a credit union, firefighters union hall, and a planned $43 million development.
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First Biglari, now Steak n Shake sign adorns building

June 27, 2014
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The new, five-story Steak n Shake sign replaces the Business Furniture sign that stood guard over Pennsylvania and Maryland streets for decades.
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Big Car arts group staying in Lafayette Square area

June 26, 2014
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The not-for-profit recently was forced to vacate its Service Center event space by Lafayette Square Mall. Now a local developer that owns a nearby shopping center has stepped in to provide new digs.
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Updated renderings: $25M Millikan on Mass project

June 24, 2014
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Developers on Tuesday are set to break ground on the second phase of the $25.4 million mixed-use project, which will include 64 market-rate apartments and 15,000 square feet of retail space.
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Dunaway’s restaurant building up for auction

June 19, 2014
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The downtown building that has housed Dunaway's restaurant for more than 15 years is on the auction block, likely signaling the end of the upscale eatery.
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Biglari name becomes part of downtown landscape

June 13, 2014
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The owner of Steak n Shake has affixed its name to the Ober Building, where the restaurant's HQ moved late last year.
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Goodwill strays from tradition to open vintage clothing store

June 12, 2014
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Goodwill opened its first Vintage Vogue by GW store in Bloomington and now is bringing the boutique-style concept to Indianapolis. The store in the Glendale area opens Tuesday.
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Former Colts player set to open soul food restaurant

June 11, 2014
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Gary Brackett, who played nine seasons for the team at linebacker, plans to open Georgia Reese's Southern Table & Bar on the northwest side in August.
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Milhaus to revise design for Mass Ave project

June 5, 2014
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The residential-and-retail development is now the right size, but a city commission would like to see a different mix of materials, among other concerns, before it grants approval.
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  1. The east side does have potential...and I have always thought Washington Scare should become an outlet mall. Anyone remember how popular Eastgate was? Well, Indy has no outlet malls, we have to go to Edinburgh for the deep discounts and I don't understand why. Jim is right. We need a few good eastsiders interested in actually making some noise and trying to change the commerce, culture and stereotypes of the East side. Irvington is very progressive and making great strides, why can't the far east side ride on their coat tails to make some changes?

  2. Boston.com has an article from 2010 where they talk about how Interactions moved to Massachusetts in the year prior. http://www.boston.com/business/technology/innoeco/2010/07/interactions_banks_63_million.html The article includes a link back to that Inside Indiana Business press release I linked to earlier, snarkily noting, "Guess this 2006 plan to create 200-plus new jobs in Indiana didn't exactly work out."

  3. I live on the east side and I have read all your comments. a local paper just did an article on Washington square mall with just as many comments and concerns. I am not sure if they are still around, but there was an east side coalition with good intentions to do good things on the east side. And there is a facebook post that called my eastside indy with many old members of the eastside who voice concerns about the east side of the city. We need to come together and not just complain and moan, but come up with actual concrete solutions, because what Dal said is very very true- the eastside could be a goldmine in the right hands. But if anyone is going damn, and change things, it is us eastside residents

  4. Please go back re-read your economics text book and the fine print on the February 2014 CBO report. A minimum wage increase has never resulted in a net job loss...

  5. The GOP at the Statehouse is more interested in PR to keep their majority, than using it to get anything good actually done. The State continues its downward spiral.

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