Fabric, French food and fillings

February 27, 2008
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Eastside institution closing
Circle Fabric, a staple at 30th Street and Shadeland Avenue for more than 30 years, is closing for good by the end of March, said Holly Rawlings, an owner. Rawlings said she's tired and ready to do something else. The store began as United Seatcover at the corner of 10th Street and Sherman Drive more than 40 years ago. Its current home is at 3046 N. Shadeland Ave.

New life for Chanteclair?
Since the owners of the airport Holiday Inn announced they are closing Chanteclair to add meeting space, every day at the French restaurant has been like New Year's Eve, said Maître de Dennis Wolbert. Final-week reservations are completely full, including the restaurant's last night, on Saturday. The strong response has the staff, many of whom have worked at Chanteclair since the 1960s, considering a move downtown. Wolbert said he's hoping to keep everyone together and reopen in a more attractive location. But first, he's taking a month off to relax.

Chain pushing pearly whites
A chain of retail dental shops is moving into the Indianapolis area. Syracuse, N.Y.-based Aspen Dental already has more than 150 locations nationwide and is looking to open several in Indianapolis, beginning with the south side. Deals are done for locations along Southport Road next to a new LA Fitness, along State Road 135 near Main Street and at Southern Plaza.

  • Hey, can anyone tell me if the old Loading Dock restaurant at 1045 N. Senate closed? What did they replace it with? And did the Loading Dock move somewhere else or did they close up shop?
  • The Loading Dock was garbage, their chicken wings were nasty and the portions were to small. They were only in business cause Stutz people had nowhere else to go. Now that Buggs is here, I can see why they would close.
  • I think another restaurant is opening there. I can't recall what is called, but I think it has something to do with stew...

    Interesting about Chantaclair moving, but it seems to me if he really wants to keep the group together, he would move quicker than taking a month off. I doubt the waiters and cooks can relax for a month without getting a paycheck...just a thought.
  • I believe the new restaurant in the Stutz is an additional location for John's Famous Stews, which is on Kentucky Ave. and has been a lunch destination for years. I think it is called Bearcats or something like that. Not sure if it is open yet or not.
  • Chantaclair would do really well downtown. It's one of the few around, and the only
    old-school French restaurant left in the area. Definitely not for the health
    or weight conscious diner, it offers a really unique dining experience. Downtown
    would be a great new location. This would have been a great addition to
    the Conrad rather than the chain steak house that is in there now.
  • The Chantaclair downtown? Fabulous! They should be able to keep all of their old clientele and add to it! Like a second
  • er, like a second St. Elmo's, another local institution.

    And if they are booked like it is New Year's Eve, hoefully the entire staff's pockets are stuffed with enough dough to tide them all over.
  • The Conrad had a french restaraunt whenit first open and it Tanked - Majorly. Maybe this would do better downton because it has name recogniztion around this area already, but I would be cautious having it downtown since one didn't work already.
  • The original restaurant in the Conrad was ambitious, and 4-star. . .
    but not French, and definitely not old-school French.
    Chanteclair has a ready-made patron base. With good management
    and the competent wait and kitchen staff it already has, it should work
    well downtown. . . .somewhere.
  • Lame
  • Son of Sam Alford:

    Do we have a retooling of the infamous, always negative Dustin here. The only thing lame about the discussions here are your sophmoric comments. The Chanteclair is a well-established, highly rated locale and rightly so. Best to them in their quest to succeed in downtown Indy.
  • My guess is that Son of Sam Alford hasn't been to a restaurant besides Hooters and Denny's. So to him, a 5-star French restaurant may seem lame.

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