BW3, Madame Walker & Adobo

July 25, 2008
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BW3 downtown IndianapolisWow, what a busy day. First off: No luck so far snagging a rendering of the new Buffalo Wild Wings under construction along Washington Street downtown, so for now check out this photo of progress on the restaurant. What do you think so far?

A little light reading
  • The Madame Walker Theatre Board has chosen a preferred developer for a mixed-use development and renovation of the historic venue on Indiana Avenue. They're looking at live-work condos, office space, retail, restaurants and a boutique hotel.

  • In the market for a Vespa, pontoon boat, baby grand piano, foosball table or flat-panel TV? Key Auctioneers plans to sell personal items of Christopher P. White, the founder of developer Premier Properties USA Inc., on Aug. 9. The full list of items available is here. To catch up on IBJ's coverage of Premier, check here.

    Just beneath the surface ...
    Allen Plaza WindowsCheck out the old facade revealed as workers continue to transform Jefferson Plaza into Allen Plaza (shown at right). Hat tip to Dig-B. Good catch, CorrND.

    Checking permits:
  • Casba bar on Guilford Avenue in Broad Ripple is adding about 1,000 square feet and remodeling the rest of its 1,700-square-foot space.

  • Mr. Dan's is planning a new restaurant coupled with a "No Limit Barbershop" at 2621 W. 16th St. near Holmes Avenue.

  • Sandor Development plans to build a new 20,000-square-foot corporate headquarters at 2222 N. Meridian St. next door to its existing building.

  • Walgreens is building a 15,000-square-foot drugstore at 7235 W. 10th St., near Girls School Road.

    Adobo sets September opening
    AdoboThe new Adobo Grill on Washington Street downtown has made plans for a September opening, while the north-side Adobo location will become a gastropub/steakhouse called Pikk's Tavern, Renee Wilmeth reports on her FeedMe/DrinkMe blog today. Adobo is transforming the former bank space into a "two-level open restaurant" with an upstairs lounge and two large private dining rooms. The grand opening is Sept. 10. The other Adobo, at 86th and Allisonville, will close in mid-August.
    • oooo! I love updates! The yellow for the BW3's location is awful.......but it IS a BW3's........Adobo is closing on the northside? I think they'll do well downtown as there really are not any (decent) mexican choices currently.
    • I'm not sure if that yellow is just an Epoxy or a primer or something. I can't imagine them painting the entire facade a Big Bird Yellow color. I hope they don't at least.
    • Pretty sure that yellow is insulation or something. I saw them installing something over that yesterday. I wonder if it was EIFS.
    • I was curious, does that Indiana Ave. project have anything to do with those african american investors who were discussed in IBJ about a year ago? If so, great luck! There's SO much potential on Indiana Avenue. :)
    • I've noticed a sign go up in front of the two abandoned buildings on the NW corner of 16th and Alabama. It is called The Foundry. Have you heard anything about that Cory?

      I'm looking forward to the Adobo being downtown. What is the exact address of it? I'm having trouble envisioning it.
    • Thanks for the link Cory!

      Adobo Grill = 110 E. Washington St. (pretty much directly across Washington from Fogo)
    • Pretty interesting potential for East Washington, when you think of the new interstate interchange and the potential for infille between it and these businesses. My fear, though, which is probably very well-founded in this ridiculous city, is that all of this development will be completely auto-oriented.
    • *infill, I mean.
    • A lot of great news.
      I hate to say it but I'm horribly curious if there is a gem hidden under that modern facade that perhaps we want over the new development.
      I assumed the structure was constructed some time in the 70's.
      This could easily become one of the best hidden historic secrets in downtown!
    • The facade behind the Jefferson Plaza was part of an addition to the old Indiana National Bank that stood at Virginia and Pennsylvania. I noticed the facade the other day and looked at old photos--I was confused because I knew the old Scottish Rite building stood there, but the arches didn't match the street-level Scottish Rite facade in the photo. Then I figured out that after the Scottish Rite built its cathedral on Meridian Street in the late 1920s, the bank razed the old Scottish Rite building and on the site built the addition, with arches to match what was on the main building to the north. In the 1950s the bank added the tower that later became known as Jefferson Plaza (now Allen Plaza, I guess). Then in the 1970s, after the bank moved to its site at Pennsylvania and Ohio, crews tore down the grand old flatiron bank. It's nice to see this reminder of what was once there, though it won't be around for long, I'm sure.
    • To Shane and Mike W: Our worst fears regarding the BW3's location have come to fruition. They did decide to go with a yellow paint scheme for the front of the business. Not only that, but the yellow paint scheme is surrounded/framed by a black and white checkered flag pattern. I can try to snag a photo on my lunch break. Back to work for now.
    • OMG, it hurts to look at it. BW3's, ate there once. And never went back

      Bad is bad, but this place. It’s just BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD all the way around. Inside and OUT.

      BW3's is the extension of a Straight Divorced loser Guys living room. every thing is paper and disposable. Sticky carpet, more screens then a Best Buys. The only thing missing is the smell of old dirty underware to cover up the smell of 3 Day BO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      I kept looking around for that Recliner with the box of clenex next to it. BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT IT SMELLED LIKE.

      Just thinking about it makes me want to puke.

      Can't wait for this CHAIN to go under.
    • Bob -

      If you don't like the place, don't go. Simple as that.
    • Besides, would you rather look at the vacant storefront that sat there the past decade?

      I didn't think so.

      And It Was All Yellow
    • What's especially sad is that the BW3 developers tore out a beautiful art deco staircase with two-story paneling and mirrors that dated to the 1930s when the building housed a Woolworth store. The facade is horrible, yes, and I hate it. But someday when better heads take over, it can be restored. The interior features are gone forever, I'm sorry (and disgusted) to say. . . .
    • The City did not approve a yellow facade. The petitioner has been called and we will get to the bottom of this. Thanks for the info.!
    • I live close to the Adobo in Castleton and while I enjoy it, I was VERY excited to hear that a Pikk's Tavern would take its place later this year! I believe the Adobo owners have only one other Pikk's location - in my parent's hometown in N. Indiana. It's quite good and I look forward to its arrival!

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