City looking for Whistle Stop tenant

October 27, 2008
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Whistle Stop along the Monon TrailThe city is looking for a new tenant for the former Broad Ripple Monon rail station at 901 East 64th St. The building served the railroad line until 1959 and became the Whistle Stop Sausage House in the 1960s. Most recently, it was the Whistle Stop Deli. Property records show it was built in 1907. City officials will conduct a site tour with potential bidders at 10 a.m. Nov. 12. Bids are due by Nov. 24. What would you like to see here? (Photo/Kiel Kinnaman via Flickr)
  • If I could buy this place I would make it some sort of food/refreshment establishment that has a couple walk-up windows.
  • Find a golf course with the best snack shack items and sell exactly what they do. It would have something for everyone except, of course, golf.
  • Jim Bradford couldn't make it work, and the place needs alot fo work on the inside. Not sure if it would would work there, running shoes? Pizza? Booze? Second hand boutique? Don't guns? Prolly not big enuf for an IKEA tho, right?

  • Do we know the square footage and the rent per square foot that the City expects? Do any leasing people know about this space? Parking? Zoning?

    It's a nice little shop with good visibility. Barring a retail use, I think it would make a nice professional office for a former DMD / IHPC reviewer turned architect turned attorney. :)
  • Put a Wal Mart in there
  • It's right off the Monon, so I think eFan has it right. A deli would work here as long as they have treats for those on the Monon as well. Easy, take and eat/drink as well as a few spots to sit inside.
  • I would like to see a rail station here again.
  • Too bad the monon was turned into a walking/bike path. It would have been PERFECT for light rail. Connected the most dense parts of the area, downtown, broad ripple, nora, downtown carmel. too bad.
  • I worked there for years when it was a deli and was sad to see Jim Bradford have to close it. Broad Ripple DEFINITELY DOES NOT need another establishment with booze. A deli/eating establishment would be awesome. How about ice cream?? There are only a few flavors at Boogie Burger. I would LOVE a Baskin Robbins or gelato place in BR.
  • How about BW3? This spot is crying out for blacked out windows and a bumblebee paint scheme on top of glued-on limestone trim.

  • It's on the Monon, so it needs to be something for runners/joggers/walkers.

    So, I'd say, refreshments and gatoraide. I've noticed that when I biked from downtown to 86th street, I ended up at the grocery store. Now that's closed, and I can't really find an easy alternative that has decent hours right off the monon.

    I can't think of anything else. you have a running shop, a bike store, and an outdoor supply all within that area.
  • Maybe they can move it a little south and make it a police station.
    PIER ONE!!!

    Something to give the neighborhood some character.

    Perhaps, make it the northern headquarters for the Property Line Media Group.
  • Yeah, Paris, you're right. The Monon Trail is a waste. Nobody ever uses it to get somewhere without burning fossil fuels.
  • oh, it was a successful eatery before the locals stopped patronizing it after Jim Bradford voted for, er was absent for, an important vote which changed the landscape of Broad Ripple.
    At the time, the Broad Ripple Historical Society was meeting every Saturday a.m. to share stories of times gone by. Then Jerry Kosene wanted to built condos and Joyce Sommers agreed that it would be a good idea.
    A lot of local folks wanted their councilman, Jim Bradford, to vote against it. Jim Bradford let them down. People stopped eating at his establishment.
  • Jim Bradford also fought to keep it legal in Marion County to fire someone based on their sexual orientation. Good riddance Whistle Stop.
  • I don’t know the layout, but I wonder if the building would be amenable as a small B & B? There are certainly amble places within walking distance to make the location fun for an overnight stay.
  • Julia,

    The Baskin Robbins or Gelato idea is a good one but let's try and think locally for the place.
    How's about Ice Cream from Nicole Anderson at H2O Sushi? She did it last year at the B Ripple farmers market and I think that she had great success. Maybe she could do sandwiches as well as the other treats that were available at the market as well last year. She didn't do the market this year though. Just a thought.
  • stan - that's a great idea! i like thinking out of the box...
  • There are 3 locally-owned food places at the Nora end of the trail: Blackwood's Cafe, Snooty Fox, and Chris' Ice Cream. Perhaps one of them would open a second location or move to BR.
  • Pay toilets for the monon users and drunk college kids.
  • Stan - not big enuf for the B&B idea.

    Yeah, its all Jim Bradford's fault for his voting not your way. :lol: Maybe the concelt just didn;t work, you would have to ask him.

    As I said before, the place needs a big overhaul. Ice Cream, Deli, etc MIGHT work, depends on what the city wants rent wise. Not many restaurants are doing well these days, so I wouldn't think any local mom & pops would have the cash to expand in todays economy.

    Maybe we can move the clown (Ballard) in there and we can all watch him scratch himself all day trying to figure out how to run this city into the ground. :lol:

    (note to berwick guy: sarcasm at work)
  • I miss the lemon squares and chocolate covered pretzels from the old days.
    I would love to see the City authorize a larger deck that wraps around the South end. That would triple the square footage 8-9 months per year without significantly increasing the operatinal expenses and that might make the space more attractive to a retail user. Bub's Burgers South anyone?
  • The Kosene condos were the best thing to happen to Broad Ripple in a long time.
  • I think it would be nice if it was an ice cream parlor. Or some kind of an independant candy shop where you can buy fudge by the pound. That will create a charm and character in the neighborhood :)
  • Indy needs more fat fuel.

    Chocolate. Fudge. Burgers. Ice Cream. Candy.
  • Or better yet, a GNC would be nice. Imagine how nice that would be, because most GNCs are at malls and strip malls... I'd rather visit a place as unique as this than the cookie cutter locations.
  • Have Rene's Bakery move in there. I think it would give them more square footage than their current location and they would get more foot traffic and better parking. A bakery doesn't perfectly mesh with the fitness theme of the trail, but there are still plenty of people that like would grab a bite, drinks, etc.

    I think the most successful approach would be to bring over an established business (Rene's, Boogie's, etc.) - a base of established customers wiould help make this location more successful than trying to start from the ground up.
  • I like Slim's idea for Rene's Bakery to move N2 that space. They would be able to churn out more of their fabulous Dark Chocolate dipped Coconut Macaroons! Yummy...... they could call them Monon Macs !
  • Da Hooey

    Outright name calling is not sarcasm. You need to rise about your tendencies.
  • I think Da Hooey has the Deputy Mayor mixed up with Da Mayor.

    It might be a good idea to put the Deputy Mayor's office there.
    He could preside over Peace in the Streets from there. Do a daily revival right out on the deck. Can I have an amen?
  • I'd use the space to make a model railroad of the historic Monon RR.

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