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Broad Ripple Kilroy's earns city support after changes

August 10, 2011
The city's planning staff has given its endorsement to a new Kilroy's Bar n' Grill in Broad Ripple after the owner agreed to scale back an outdoor seating area from 4,800 square feet to 2,000 square feet.

Fun with renderings: CityWay

August 3, 2011
Check out a few more-detailed renderings of the newly named $156 million CityWay project at Delaware and South streets.

Retail roundup: Agio closes, Mesh developing burger joint

August 2, 2011
One restaurant along Mass Ave has closed and a new one is in the works, leading off the latest Around Town Retail Roundup.

What's in a name? Rebrand weighed for Georgia Street

July 25, 2011
One of the city's original streets, right there on the 1821 Alexander Ralston “Plat of the Town of Indianapolis," could get a new name.

City moves to sell canal parcel for development

July 20, 2011
Plans by a Valparaiso company to build 150 apartments along the Central Canal are closer to reality after city officials picked the developer's bid to buy an adjacent canal-front parcel.

A tasty roundup: El Rodeo, Vino Villa, Hotcakes, Subacos

July 19, 2011
Read about several new places to eat and shop in this week's edition of the restaurant and retail roundup.

Kilroy's plans new restaurant in prime Broad Ripple spot

July 11, 2011
Kilroy's Bar n' Grill has applied for zoning approval to take over the Broad Ripple building occupied by Cardinal Fitness.

Developer launches $19M apartment project in Carmel

July 6, 2011
Locally based J.C. Hart Co. has broken ground on a $19 million apartment community at the northeast corner of 116th Street and College Avenue in the Carmel Performing Arts District.

Revamped M&I Plaza lands King David, Side Street Deli

June 24, 2011
The main entrance to downtown's M&I Plaza is getting a $1 million makeover as the 28-story building prepares to welcome two new restaurant tenants.

Closing: Flower Factory, Frankey's, McVan's

June 21, 2011
Several notable departures including Flower Factory and Frankey's lead off the latest retail real estate roundup.

City kicking in $5M toward reuse plan for Bush Stadium

June 16, 2011
City officials are sharing new details of a plan to redevelop Bush Stadium into more than 250 apartment units, while preserving the stadium's façade.

Rendering: Parking garage and retail for Broad Ripple

June 13, 2011
The city is kicking in $6.35 million for a $15 million Broad Ripple parking garage with first floor retail space and a police substation.

IHOP adding new restaurants

June 10, 2011
The IHOP restaurant chain is trying to regain a foothold in central Indiana with two new locations under construction and at least three more in the works.

Cadillac Ranch takes chance on former Music Mill space

May 31, 2011
North-siders will finally get a shot at riding a Cadillac Ranch mechanical bull without driving to Union Station.

Lululemon, Five Below coming to Indianapolis

May 24, 2011
Two of the nation's hottest concepts in retail—a yoga apparel specialist and a new dollar-store concept targeting teens—are coming to Indianapolis.

Recreational outfitter REI plans store in Castleton

May 24, 2011
The outdoors retailer REI plans to open its first Indiana store in a former Linens & Things location in the Plaza at Castleton shopping center.

DiBella's sub shop scouting for Indianapolis locations

May 23, 2011
DiBella's Old Fashioned Submarines, a chain of gourmet sandwich shops based in Rochester, N.Y., is scouting for locations for between six and eight new restaurants in central Indiana.

New restaurant space planned for Regions Tower

May 23, 2011
The owners of downtown's 36-story One Indiana Square/Regions Tower are working on plans to renovate part of the skyscraper's first floor to accommodate a massive new restaurant.

Roundup: Presley Presents, La Margarita, Stacked Pickle, Chicago's Pizza, Pioneer

May 18, 2011
Check out a round-town roundup chock full of new locations for popular restaurants including La Margarita, Stacked Pickle and Chicago's Pizza, along with a new family dinner theater and a new concert venue for Fountain Square.

Before and after: Partnership sprucing up MLK corridor

May 13, 2011
A partnership between the city and nonprofit groups to spruce up the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street corridor is starting to yield results.

Fire damages historic 'Wedding Cake House'

May 10, 2011
The historic Kemper House near 10th and Delaware streets, known as the "Wedding Cake House," sustained about $100,000 in damage early Tuesday morning during a rash of fires.

Heartland taking storefront space in Murphy Art Center

May 5, 2011
Heartland Truly Moving Pictures has signed a deal to move its headquarters to Fountain Square's historic Murphy Arts Center, which includes a former movie house.

Pizzology chef plans new downtown concept

May 2, 2011
Neal Brown, the popular local chef behind Carmel's Pizzology is outfitting the former home of Nia's Deli at 38 E. Washington St. for a new restaurant called The Libertine.

New Petite Chou restaurant planned for downtown

April 28, 2011
The French-inspired Petite Chou is planning a new downtown restaurant at 30 S. Meridian St., next door to The Oceanaire Seafood Room.

Roundup: Detour, Froyo, Huddles, Cannoli Queen, Dairy Queen, Scotty's, more

April 25, 2011
Detour: An American Grille, Cannoli Queen and a couple of new frozen yogurt spots lead off a crowded restaurant and retail roundup.

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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.