Buggs Temple restaurant closing

September 9, 2008
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Buggs TempleTavern at the Temple restaurant at 11th Street and the Central Canal in Buggs Temple will close for good on Wednesday. Creation Cafe, a casual restaurant and coffee shop on the first floor, will remain open and the historic building will continue to host special events until a replacement tenant is found. The upscale Tavern at the Temple survived about 11 months before "financial demands" grew too heavy. Partners in the restaurant include Chuck and Vicki Mack, who also own Moe & Johnny's in Broad Ripple and are planning a new Moe & Johnny's in Avon. While volumes were on target for Tavern, investors in the concept didn't materialize as hoped. "We don't have the depth financially to continue operating," Vicki Mack said. "We have brought every penny we have personally to the table, but we're done now." Buggs Temple opened last October after a $3.5-million renovation of the 1918 building dragged on for several years.
  • The failure of that restaurant rest directly on the owner shoulders. I have never been to a restaurant on any scale that made me feel as put off or as uncomfottable as that one did. They tired to be something they were never going to be.
  • In a very rough sense, I think the failure here isn't so much the specific restaurant but the concept. By all indications (and my personal experience) the food was actually pretty damn good. The problem is that fine dining wasn't likely to take off at that location. A restaurant that caters to the lunch crowd in the nearby buildings (and those connected by the People Mover) and one that grabs people casually out enjoying the canal is what's needed. That's exactly what Creation Cafe is and that's why it's going gangbusters.

    All that aside: for god's sake, how successful did they think they were going to be without a freakin' sign?!

    I'm hoping for a sports bar with a cool beer selection in there in the future!
  • I just wanted to be sure that everyone is clear that Creation Cafe, located on the main floor of Bugg's Temple, remains open for business. We are saddened by the news that our neighbors upstairs are closing, but look forward to seeing all our usual and new customers. Come on in.
  • I am not surprised this place is closing. My husband and I celebrated out Anniversary there and the service was terrible, the food mediocre (and mostly cold), and our experience one that assured we would never return. That night we predicted the place wouldn't last.
  • Yes, I'd also like to emphasize the fact that Creation Cafe is still open and is a good place to eat and relax. The staff is very nice and attentive and every meal I've had there has been delicious.

    As a matter of fact, I think I'll go there for lunch today!
  • Update: The food blog FeedMeDrinkMe has a new post about the future of Buggs.
  • The service at this place was absolutely TERRIBLE. How can you run out of steak knives?!?!?! Good riddance.
  • I agree that casual and stop and grab a bite crowd is what is going to be successful at this location and further investments on the Canal until it becomes a dining/pub destination of its own. Eventually fine dining may work, but the traffic, excpet from near-by offices, is still the lollygagger and fitness buff.
  • It wouldn't take much to turn this place into a modern version of the 'Embers' nightclub. You know, dinner, booze, live stage entertainment etc. A destination night spot instead of fighting over the jogging, water bottle, java & bagel crowd. And yes, a nice throwback neon sign would help.
  • If only Buggs had been built as designed...sigh. It would have been a great night club / performance spot and fancy bar.
  • Couldn't agree more with most of the posts. I've not heard a favorable review of the service experienced at the Tavern on the Temple yet. Better signage, cheaper menu (not a cheap menu), good beer/wine selection and this place will do just fine.

    I work with somone who literally had to get up and grab their own food off the kitchen window, because it was sitting there for a half hour. My cousins (in-law) had horrible service twice. Once was with the owner himself, he was wearing a baseball cap, ratty t-shirt and walking around sweating trying to say hello to everyone. I'm all for owner/management interaction with customers, but if you're trying to build a high-class establishment dress and act the part.

    Great location in my opinion, just the wrong concept. The city needs this place to do well for further canal expansion. Maybe a bright colored BW3 would do well here :) -jk-
  • Won't work for BW3. It has windows.
  • I didn't realize there were two restaurants at the location--always thought I was eating at the Tavern. Whichever restaurant serves the patio crowd--I hope it closed, and GOOD RIDDANCE!!

    Ate there twice. First time, steak sandwich, pretty good but lackluster service. Had to hunt down the waiter twice, first time so he'd actually bring the drink I ordered, and a second time so he'd refill it (after empty for 15 minutes). Second time, I ordered a caprese sandwich and my wife had a salad. IT TOOK 1 1/2 HOURS!! For a sandwich and a salad? Worst. Service. Ever. Forever-ever? Forever-ever.

    Give the space to someone who knows what the heck they're doing.
  • I've eaten at the Creation Cafe on the lower level several times and have enjoyed each one - no problem with service or food. I will go back; it's a great place to see and eat. I hope they can do something with the upper level. I have not been there but I've not heard anything good about it.
  • So let me get this straight. The Lower Level--Creation Cafe--is where you go and can sit outside overlooking the canal basin, right? With numerous tables with umbrellas, etc.? You go up some stairs to get into Creation Cafe, right, so you have to go up even more stairs to get to this Tavern at the TEmple that's closing? So its up-upstairs? I didn't even realize there was a restaurant up there. No wonder they're closing, in addition to all the other reasons enumerated in other posts.
  • LOL. The owner, Chuck, always wears torn up clothes, bad ratty baseball cap, etc.

    Right guy, wrong concept.
  • This place was an absolute joke. No signage whatsoever. No service whatsoever. Going along with the poster than mentioned they ran out of knives, when I was there they told me they ran out of wine glasses! WTF?!
  • Please tell me how a Halloween Store can set up shop at the intersection of Meridian and Washington. This is a disgrace. For all of you upset about BW3's, why dont you take up the battle to get rid of the Halloween store. For all of you worried about BW3's trying to turn downtown into a strip mall....
    how about this store trying to turn downtown into the vacant gas station turned fireworks/Halloween store
  • I've eaten there many times, and it's been my favorite restaurant all summer! I've taken friends, family , business associates, and and it's been perfect every time! I don't know of any other place to sit outside on a lovely evening, and enjoy a delightful dinner and glass of wine...I'll miss it. sorry others didn't have the same experience.
  • Horrible experience
    We ate at Buggs Temple last night - Eurphoria restaurant at the top of the building. It was one of the worst experiences EVER. First, they brought me something I did not even order. So, I told them again what I had ordered. Waiter apologized, when I finally got my food (after everyone else in my party was done eating by the way!) IT. WAS. STILL. THE. WRONG. THING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! by that time, I was hungry and just ate it. meat was ok - rest of it was awful. $101 dollars WASTED!!! Never again.
    • Haunted?
      Sep. 2012 watched "A Haunting" on tv about the Buggs Restaurant being quite haunted. Maybe that's why there was poor service, not so good food as the previous reviewers have mentioned?B

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