Jillian’s arcade games, bowling alley up for auction

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A plan to keep the Jillian’s entertainment complex operating in downtown Indianapolis has fallen through.

Jillian's owners in July said they had an agreement worked out with the building’s landlord, SMC Retail LLC, to close its restaurant and vacate the ground floor at 141 S. Meridian Street, but continue to operate an arcade, pool hall and bowling alley on the second and third floors.

But an advertisement from Commercial Liquidators of America says the company is liquidating the contents of the complex and will conduct an auction at 10 a.m. Oct. 26 to sell more than 100 arcade games, a nine-lane bowling alley, 12 pool tables, tables, chairs, booths and bar equipment.

Jillian’s owners were attempting to reorganize under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. As part of the case, landlord SMC filed a motion in April seeking to evict Jillian's from its 45,000-square-foot spot over what it said was $697,237.25 in unpaid bills. Monthly rent, which is $52,000, had not been paid since June 2010, SMC said.

SMC terminated Jillian’s lease on March 15, but the firm had hoped to amend the lease as part of the new agreement.

A bankruptcy judge dismissed the case on Oct. 12 after Jillian’s failed to file monthly operating reports.

Tilted Kilt, a chain of Celtic sports pubs known for its scantily clad, kilt-wearing waitresses, closed on a deal in September to take over the first-floor space.

The local Jillian’s opened in 1998 and was part of a rush of restaurants that arrived downtown following the opening of Circle Centre mall.

The business is operated by Craig Kastle and David Wallace, and is separate from 11 other Jillian’s restaurants operated by Greg Stevens in Louisville.




  • Air hockey
    Well, drats, where will I go to play air hockey now?!
  • 2 sides to every story
    According to the people that I know who used to work for Jillians, I heard that a new land lord came in and raised the rent so high when they knew all along that Jillian's would have trouble paying the new high rent. There is always 2 sides to every story. How can you expect a business to make it in a struggling economy when you all of a sudden hike up the rent? Personally, I think it was just a ploy to make them go out of business. I think it's just sad to see any business shut their doors. Think of all the people that will now be out of work..... it's not the employees fault that a business deal went sour.
  • Agree. Downtown plagued by poor businessmen.
    It's pretty clear that most downtown businesses are run by amateurs. Anybody who ever stepped foot inside Jillian's knew it was doomed. Easily the worst bowling alley I've been to.
  • Not so fast!
    I sincerely hope that this doesn't reflect poorly on the downtown business environment at all, because the reality is.. downtown is booming! This sounds like nothing more than bad business and not so good businessmen. How on earth does ANYONE get so far behind on rent?!?! Ridiculous... shouldn't be too long before the space is repurposed.

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