Fountain Square getting cabaret

August 6, 2009
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Fountain Square CabaretA new cabaret is planned for a one-story historic building at 1116 E. Prospect St. in Fountain Square. White Rabbit Cabaret will provide live entertainment (not adult-oriented), food and beverage service, performing arts classes, rehearsal space, workshops and special events, according to an application that won approval on Aug. 5 from the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission. The 1912 building most recently was home to a Rent-A-Center. The brick commercial building served as the Fountain Square Hardware Company until the 1930s. The cabaret will seat 60 to 80 guests and be open Tuesday through Thursday from 5 to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
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  • What a wonderful reuse of the building! Bravo!
  • AWESOME - let's hope for success. It will be interesting to see how they redo the facade in keeping with the historic aspects of the building.
  • Go FS!

    All they need to do to the facade is eliminate the giant ugly sign. Can't see anyone redo-ing the facade, nor getting approval for it. Maybe IHPC approval is for a new sign.

    Sucks that NASIA cafe has to wait until IHPC approves their paint colors to fix their god-awful windows. I kept wondering why they'd leave it looking like crap for so long, but thanks to the IHPC, I'm sure a bunch of people have thought I'm not eating in a place that can't fix up their exterior -- probably tastes like it looks. I was almost fixing to perform a rogue, night-cloaked paint job, just to give it a once over of the same neutral color. Does IHPC get to tell you what kind of paper sign you can hang in the window too? : )

    I would've painted it already and made the facade something half-way palatable. Their food is amazing.
  • super!!! another cool art/music place in Fountain Square.
  • It's been a pleasure to help Debra decorate the White Rabbit. I wish them great success.
  • So is FS on its way back yet?
  • Yes it is.
  • WELCOME to our fair village! What a great addition!
  • As residents, we are so happy that businesses are moving into our neighborhood! My wife and I will be walking to shows, but is there any parking plan for the other 58-78 patrons?
  • Sounds good. Sure beats the hell out of Rent-a-Center, which is hallmark of economically depressed neighborhoods just like payday loan places. The IHPC staff report makes no mention of any exterior modifications. Approval was just for a zoning variance.
  • Great alternative (I hope) to the new one downtown. We found it too expensive, with hard wooden chairs and pillars that block some views. And the AC was cranked up enough to freeze an Eskimo. Pity the ladies who had worn sleeveless outfits. Maybe the folks on Prospect will make this one more customer friendly!
  • j.j.--

    Not sure what your beef is with the IHPC, but paint color alteration is a simple staff approval that usually is turned around pretty quickly and only some districts require approval of colors. I don't know anything about NASIA (including what it is or which district it's in), but there's probably more to the story than you realize.

    As for the cabaret--awesome! Great building and great use of space.
  • It has been a long hard process to get tenants like this to come to fountain square, but I think it may finally be turning the corner. It takes many success stories to build the foundation the area needs. I will continue to try and bring more quality tenants to the area as spaces continue to open up. Good luck Debra I enjoyed working with you.
  • If you can imagine it, You can achieve it, If you can dream it, You can become it. Good luck Deb & Bec!!!!
  • Good news. Once the credit for construction starts flowing FS needs more mid-income apartment housing to support these local establishments and give the area life and cash influx around the clock. There are still plenty of crap-o car lots and the disgusting White Castle Factory that need to go along Virginia. That stretch and the first two blocks of Prospect ought to be jam packed in the next 10 years with infill all the way up to I-65.
  • One more reason to visit the neighborhood !!!!!
  • Wow! This is great news for the city. Deborah is an amazing talent and it is a testament to the growth of the arts in Indy to be able to rely on another artist providing a quality experience. What a win for Fountain Square. Congrats Deb, best of luck!
  • This is great news for Fountain Square!!
  • Great deal! Will they do drag shows too? That could be a great one-night-a-week addition!
  • Very good, but FS should avoid becoming a theme park. Hollywood Boulevard sucks.
  • There's nothing theme park about fountain square. A cabaret theater is a great addition. When does it open?
  • BCS, as a fellow neighbor, I would love it if we in the neighborhood could PLEASE never get in the trap of contsantly worrying about parking every time a new business comes in. There is ample parking everywhere in FS... an overabundance, really. I woud actually love to see the off-street surface parking go away in favor of more high intensity uses that brought more people to the area. It's an urban area. Parking is readily available on-street.
  • I agree Bryan. Everytime something is presented in BR, PARKING is the top priority. I have YET to have a parking issue in BR
  • Where is it??
    I know I'm late on getting to this posting, but where is the Cabaret?? I'm a resident of FS and haven't seen any action on this site. Updates anyone?

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