Drumroll, please: Buggs to open

October 11, 2007
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Buggs TempleThree dining options at Buggs Temple are scheduled to open Oct. 19. They include Tavern at the Temple, Buggs Grille and Cornerstone Coffee House. Staff training is scheduled to begin tomorrow and a health department walk-through is scheduled for today, said Buggs spokeswoman Amanda Cravens. No open date has been set yet for a Ritter's Frozen Custard also planned for the historic 1918 Buggs Temple. The building's $3.5-million renovation has dragged on for years, and the developers have missed several target opening dates.
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  • I'll believe it when I actually sit down there to eat a meal. Honestly, this thing has been so delayed, most food writers/reviewers I know are taking a wait and see approach at this point. And what a horrible time of year to be opening down on the canal for foot traffic. Good luck to them -- I'll try to pop in when I'm sure they're running -- maybe next *month*.
  • Anything in Buggs will have a decent shot at success just because it's in a food desert while surrounded by offices. It's an easy walk from Landmark, Gateway, Stutz, and the new IU and Clarian buildings, not to mention potential monorail commuters from the other Clarian locations at 16th and the IUPUI campus.
  • ^^^^^ I love it! Official opening dates and we're still skeptical! I've been anticipating this for so long, I can't not try it right when it opens. Maybe I'll try the Tavern and just get a bottled beer. They can't possibly screw that up, right?
  • I haven't been down there recently, but in the picture it looks like there is a People Mover Track. I thought the Buggs was behind the White River State PArk Ampitheatre near the river. Am I mistaken? If it is in that location, there isn't a rail going through there. Help me pinpoint the location. Maybe I will drive by the area this weekend.

    Thanks for the help in future posts.
  • Fantastic! I'm so glad they waited until after all the pesky good weather and downtown summer events were over. Now they have plenty of time to perfect things before they run into any actual customers.

    Seriously, I hope the establishments do well, but I just have to marvel at the timing. braingirl, I'll be watching for your review. Its not too far from campus, so I might walk over there sometime for lunch, assuming the canal walkways are free from ice. ^_^
  • mark, Buggs is at the north end of the canal. Right up near 10th st. I bet you're thinking of the old waterworks building near the ampitheater.
  • Mark-

    You're probably thinking of the old pump house (which is an old brick building with a dark roof, kind of similar looking from a distance). The Buggs Temple is on the oppisite end of the Canal. 11th Street I think.....
  • Great news. I'm sick myself - get well soon.
  • I guess they were just waiting for the canal dredging to start; that's always appetizing.
  • Is anyone aware of photos of the renovated interior of this building? I remember seeing pictures, somewhere, of the interior before renovations began and thinking that it was a very interesting space. Would love to see what the inside looks like now, but alas, it will probably have to wait until my next visit back home... unless someone can point me to some pics!

    Thanks!
  • http://www.halstead-architects.com/buggs.html

    The steel framing section is particularly cool.
  • I was walking down there Saturday night about 11pm and saw a bunch of people sitting at tables on the balcony overlooking the canal. I thought it might have been open then but I think they were people there setting up the place taking a break or something. Still, I figured it was getting close when i saw that.
  • I'm really looking forward to the opening of Buggs Temple. Looks to me like they've been taking the time to get it right. Great location there at the north end of the Canal, and I expect reasonable traffic any time of year. Let them get it up and running, and when warm weather hits next spring they'll be in full swing.

    Does anyone remember what Downtown was like before the Canal development? The area is so much richer for having great options to live, play and eat. Indy's reputation is changing big-time, and Buggs Temple has a piece of that momentum.

    (And, no, I'm not being paid to testify. I can just hardly wait to check out Buggs and then work off half a tenderloin with a brisk walk to the steam clock in front of the State Museum.)
  • Take a lozenge!
  • I couldn't agree more Dan. Now throw in that development off Michigan and Senete with the large courtyard and first floor retail, this is really going to just keep getting better and better.

    I really hope they restock some fish in the canal after the cleaning. Always fun to see them swimming by as your walking. Especially now that you'll actually be able to see them once the thing is cleaned out.
  • With almost every other Ritter's in town closing (mysteriously, and without notice),
    isn't it odd that a new franchise would open at Bugg's Temple? Is it doomed
    for a melt down even before it opens?
  • Too bad the Clarian Peoplemover closed on Friday for the next 5 weeks for repairs. Great timing for Buggs. Like Braingirl said, I'll believe it when I'm sitting there. I watched Clarian build their entire Pathology Lab in less time than it took to renovate the temple.
  • Do you have an email address for buggs?

    Mark
  • So did anyone go to Buggs over the weekend?
  • I popped in for a beer on Friday. Nice place. I did a write-up on my blog:

    http://dig-b.blogspot.com/2007/10/developmentbeer-buggs-temple-first.html

    (if that link doesn't show up properly, just click on my name above and scroll down to Friday Oct. 19th)
  • I just had my company holiday party at Buggs and it was fantastic. The staff was excellent and the food was amazing. We used the top floor and they didn't even charge us a room fee! As we left, we walked through the downstairs and noticed it was packed...must be doing quite well. I highly recommend having your holiday party there!

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