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From Lucas Oil Stadium, Convention Center expansion has an industrial look

August 27, 2010
The view of the expanded Indiana Convention Center from Lucas Oil Stadium caught several Colts fans off guard after the team's first preseason game on Aug. 15.

Penn Arts developer buys another historic Indy apartment building

August 24, 2010
A prolific developer of urban apartments has acquired another building near downtown and plans to turn it into an affordable artists' community.

Closings roundup: Menards, Urban Element, Spa Chakra

August 23, 2010
Several restaurant and retail closings to report, including a big-box hardware store, a local restaurant chain and an upscale spa.

Effort to save Salvation Army building comes up short

August 18, 2010
The Salvation Army has won approval to demolish an historic home it owns next door to its headquarters after Indiana Landmarks could not find another user willing to save the property.

Laughners exit restaurant business after 122 years with Loon Lake Lodge closure

August 17, 2010
The Laughner family has closed the Loon Lake Lodge in Castleton, ending a 122-year run of operating restaurants in Indianapolis.

Roundup: Tasting room, tavern, new restaurants, MacExperience & more

August 11, 2010
The newest retail roundup offers something for everyone, including a new tavern, meadery tasting room, children's apparel shop, bakery and liquor store.

2 restaurants taking vacant buildings on College Avenue

July 28, 2010
A new restaurant serving "gourmet Mexican street food" and a bar named to honor a fallen Iraq War veteran are in the works for two vacant buildings along College Avenue in the Meridian-Kessler neighborhood.


Plans for $32M development near Herron-Morton Place neighborhood move forward

July 22, 2010
A $32 million plan to replace a troubled low-income housing project at 16th Street and Park Avenue cleared a final hurdle Wednesday at a hearing of the Metropolitan Development Commission. Check out renderings.

Indy restaurant roundup: Ripple Inn, Sinking Ship, Longhorn Steakhouse

July 21, 2010
New restaurants including The Ripple Inn, The Sinking Ship and Longhorn Steakhouse are planned for the Indianapolis area.

Grocery store planned for former Cadillac dealership

July 15, 2010
A neighborhood grocery store is planned for the former home of Tutwiler Cadillac at the southwest corner of Meridian and 24th streets.

Several new restaurants coming to Indianapolis

July 13, 2010
Several new restaurants have filed plans to open in the Indianapolis area, including a replacement for the long-vacant Bahama Breeze along 96th Street, and a new pizza joint in the Century Building downtown.

Update: Rendering of new CSO headquarters

July 12, 2010
Plans for a new headquarters for locally based CSO Architects will mean new life for a vacant eyesore at Keystone at the Crossing. Check out the rendering showing the company's vision for the 24,000-square-foot former Bally Total Fitness facility.

CSO Architects plans new HQ in former Bally Total Fitness

July 7, 2010
Locally based CSO Architects Inc. is working on plans to remodel a former Bally Total Fitness location at Keystone at the Crossing into its new headquarters.

New rendering unveiled for Penn Arts redevelopment

July 6, 2010
Check out a brand new rendering of the redevelopment of the Penn Arts building.

$69M in upgrades planned for Bayh Federal Building

June 28, 2010
Government officials and construction contractors today unveiled several planned upgrades for the Birch Bayh Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse downtown. The $69.3-million project is slated for completion by August 2012.

Flea market moving into former home of Sport Bowl

June 23, 2010
A flea market is replacing a former bowling alley. Plus: A new candy shop planned for Noblesville; Monical's heads to Lawrence; and Panda Express eyes IUPUI campus.

Indianapolis retail roundup

June 16, 2010
Catch up on news about a new retailer, new locations for existing retailers and a couple of restaurant moves in the latest installment of Around Town Retail Roundup.

Seasons 52 concept plans first Indianapolis restaurant

June 14, 2010
A new fresh grill and wine bar called Seasons 52 is planning a 9,000-square-foot restaurant to replace El Torito Mexican Grill in front of The Fashion Mall at Keystone.

New rendering for Washington Street project

June 11, 2010
The developers repairing two long-vacant buildings at Washington and Meridian streets has released a new rendering of the project.

Restoration begins on vacant Washington Street buildings

June 8, 2010
A local group has begun restoration of two long-vacant buildings along Washington Street just east of Meridian Street.

Building slated for reuse was state's first 'Fresh Air' school

June 3, 2010
A not-for-profit group has found a new use for an historic former elementary school on the near east side. The former Lucretia Mott School No. 3, at 23 N. Rural St., is set to become a mixed-income apartment community.

Dunkin Donuts angling to take over Bonjour building

June 2, 2010
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.

Nordstrom Rack, Container Store eye Rivers Edge

June 1, 2010
Nordstrom Rack and The Container Store are poised to open their first Indiana stores in a shopping center near Lake Clearwater.

Is IKEA coming to Indy?

May 28, 2010
The rumor popped up again last week as I was preparing to cover the International Council of Shopping Centers annual convention in Las Vegas. Was IKEA looking at Indianapolis? Were they interested in building a store at Anson or in Greenwood?

City Barbeque building new restaurant in Greenwood

May 26, 2010
The Ohio-based City Barbeque chain plans to open its first Indiana restaurant in Greenwood on the site of the former Grindstone Charley's.

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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.