Downtown restaurant buzz

May 8, 2008
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FogoLots of excitement lately for downtown's restaurant scene:
  • Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chão opens tonight in The Broadbent Building. And if last night's preview dinner was any indication, this place should do well. You get an extensive salad bar, hot side dishes and unlimited servings of 15 different types of meat served up by gaucho chefs, all for $38.50 for dinner. Save room for dessert and caipirinhas, tasty cocktails our server described as sweet mojitos.
  • BadaBoomz, downtown's former Buffalo Wild Wings, plans to switch again to a new concept. The restaurant is scheduled to reopen next Thursday as J. Gumbo's. The Louisville-based chain has seven locations. It's a Cajun-Creole concept that looks a lot like Yats. (Read more at Dig-B)

  • Elements has a new owner with plans to expand the concept into new markets. Greg Hardesty and Mike Sylvia sold the restaurant to Dennis Dunn, who apparently plans to keep everything the same. (More at FeedMeDrinkMe.)

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    • Didn't BadaBoomz just change from a BW's within the last year? Why are they changing again?
    • Because it was a bad idea to being with.. the beer selection is great, but that menu was an awful choice.
    • Everything stays the same at Elements except that chef Greg Hardesty is leaving. They've brought a chef up in the kitchen who will take over.
    • Can't wait to try the local Fogo de Chão. This is the best restaurant in São Paulo, Brasil. Glad to see I can enjoy their churrascaria in the United States.
    • What exactly differentiates a sweet mojito from just a regular old mojito? Is it something similar to Nacho Cheesier Doritos?
    • Weren't there a lot of Brazilian race car drivers at Fogo de Chao last night? If nothing else this restaurant should be popular in the month of May. Actually, I'm very interested in trying it; love the idea of international food in Naptown. Life is good.
    • I hope the east core of the city keeps pushing out along Washington St.. It's the one side that has really been lacking. The north has the skyscrapers to anchor it, the west has the museums and parks, and the south has the stadiums. The east has the jail and the city county building (woohoo!). I hope Fogo helps increase foot traffic on that side of the city. Those blighted buildings next to dunkin need tenants and the MSA redevelopment needs to be spectacular as well.
    • Cory,

      Just wanted to let you know that I got back from Business in Fort Wayne, and ate at a Granite City at the recommendation of a friend. I believe it is a chain, but not many in Indiana.

      We really really enjoyed the food, and my co-worker was raving about their micro brews. It's a mix of Ram/Rock Bottom and Champps. We told them they should open one in Indy, and unfortunately, they are going to be opening one up in Carmel they said.

      Just wanted that to be on your radar ifyou hear of exactly where it might be.

      It is a very large building and I was thinking i might go into the Old Bahama Breeze building (even though that is techincally Indy still).
    • I have eaten at Fogo de Chao in Chicago and it was FANTASTIC. I am so excited they are opening in Indy. This is one chain that I am happy about.
    • Mike: Last I heard, Granite City is building a new restaurant northwest of 96th and Meridian streets, in front of Duke's Parkwood West office development. There is room for two restaurants, and Weber Grill has been discussed as the other.
    • Fogo is one of my VERY favorite restaurants! I make sure to go to the one out here in Los Angeles at LEAST once a month. If you have never been, I strongly recommend it.... you won't be disappointed!
    • Also reccomend Fogo de Chao. We have a couple here the DFW area. They and their competitor, Texas De Brazil, are excellent restaurants.
    • Caipirinhas are fabulous when you get one that's made right. We found out about them from a friend and make them at home for summer nights - yum! Can't wait to try out Fogo!
    • I have eaten at the Fogo in Chicago as well as Boi Na Braza in Cincy and both are top-notch for the price. The Picanha is not to be missed!!!!
    • whats the latest on the fridays moving and bw3 downtown?
    • I just ate at TGIF last week and they had mentioned in about a month they will be closing. They have stopped ordering liquor and are out of Captain Morgan and will not be ordering more before they close. So if your looking for RUM don't go there. They said that they would not be relocating and would just re-open when the construction is completed on that portion of the building.
    • Ever think about doing an entry on this? Would like to hear more about it.

      http://www.thestutz.com/Tower.html
    • Wow that project REALLY excites me. I'm glad to see the condo's will be in the $200K range. Wish they would be a little lower, but overall I like it.
    • No rum at TGIF = no mojitos, sweet or otherwise.

      Nuts.
    • Bradshaw,

      I know it was ridiculous and this was last week they were out. I said, have a staff member go to Sam's club and pick up a few handles. They laughed and said they don't have a PO number for SAM's lol.

      Oh well. Everything else is still good there. ha.
    • WHO CARES?! Go somewhere else in downtown and get your rum and coke!
    • Sophia, It's not a matter of wanting or needed the RUM and Coke, like I am alcoholic. It's about a reputable business running things like they shouldn't up until the last day is all. They were also out of Chips and the Macaroni and Cheese and they said that they would not be ordering any more of food items as well.

      That isn't a way to run a restaraunt when it still has 4 weeks left before it shuts down.
    • BigRic

      All I can say is, WOW. I have never heard of this tower being planned... is this a brand new one? It resembles the tower at the racetrack, very interesting idea. I like that concept since it emulates the relationship of Indy 500 with the city. I think the two spikes on top resemble the tallest building downtown, so I think all in all it looks like a great inspirational building with elements of the city's identification. The only dissapointment I have is I wish it was a little taller, why not 20? Then again, I can't complain too much, because that building will definitely spur new ideas for that area of downtown. Now I wish the Market Square area will start something!!! What is going on with with Market Square, anyone know??
    • The Stutz Tower has been a concept/vision of the owner for a number of years, though the renderings are relatively new (maybe late last year). I put up some photos showing the proposed site back in March:

      http://dig-b.blogspot.com/2008/03/development-tower-at-stutz.html
    • We went to opening night last night and it was outstanding. Bacon wrapped filet - damn! The service was excellent, food was wonderful, atmosphere was fun, and great space. A terrific addition to the downtown scene.

      Let's just get a few more places on Mass Ave! And a real sushi restaurant anywhere downtown would be nice!
    • If you're interested in ethnic food in Indy, there's lots! Check it out at --

      http://indyethnicfood.com

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