Bars/Taverns

Bar owner alleges racism in lease dispute

July 26, 2014
Scott Olson
The owner of a nightclub in the heart of Broad Ripple believes his landlords nearly doubled his rent for just one reason: to force him and his mostly African-American clientele from the building.
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Fletcher Place gains destination status

July 12, 2014
Scott Olson
Fletcher Place on the southeastern edge of downtown for years served as little more than a pass-through for folks traveling between downtown and Fountain Square. But the triangle-shaped historic neighborhood is starting to carve out its own identity by drawing more residents and visitors to patronize the restaurants and drinking establishments sprouting along Virginia Avenue.
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Chatham Tap crew buying ex-church for brewery, restaurant

April 19, 2014
Scott Olson
The owners of two popular pubs on Massachusetts Avenue are delving into the trendy micro-brewery business with plans for a brewery and restaurant in a historic former church a few blocks away.
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Landmark restaurant nears reopening after fire

April 17, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Donna Tracy said her family is on schedule to reopen the Bluebird Restaurant in the Shelby County town of Morristown on April 28.
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Clock change means extra hour for Indiana bars

October 29, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana bars and liquor stores will be able to stay open an extra hour this weekend as daylight saving time ends for the year.
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Investors pour $5 million into beer technology firm

October 21, 2013
Dan Human
Carmel-based SteadyServ Technologies expects to roll out its keg-sensor system early next year and trigger an aggressive hiring phase.
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Nick’s English Hut's ATM miscue spawns legal nightmare

July 13, 2013
Greg Andrews
The absence of a fee-disclosure sticker triggered a class-action lawsuit, as well as a legal tangle with the restaurant's insurance company.
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Indy startup serves up keg beer with big data

May 24, 2013
Dan Human
SteadyServ Technologies has raised $1.5 million to help develop iKeg, which tells bar managers and beer distributors when they need to reorder.
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Irsay may rescue Colts-themed restaurant

May 2, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Less than a day after its closure was announced, a Colts-themed restaurant on the far north side of Indianapolis may be getting a reprieve.
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Colts-themed restaurant closes its doors after financial losses

May 2, 2013
Scott Olson
The Blue Crew Sports Grill on Indianapolis' far north side closed its doors Thursday after seven years in business, according to a post on the eatery's Facebook page.
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Charlie & Barney's ends 36-year restaurant run

April 3, 2013
Scott Olson
Indianapolis chain Charlie & Barney's, known for its chili, has closed its flagship downtown location, leaving it without a restaurant for the first time since its 1977 founding.
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Higher payroll taxes take toll on restaurants

March 28, 2013
Associated Press
So far, 2013 has been "a roller coaster ride" for Indiana eateries, according the state trade association's president. Industry observers say a 2-percent increase in the payroll tax is a likely culprit in a nationwide sales decline.
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Scotty's plans new restaurants, loses contracts on others

December 20, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Scott Wise, who operates nine restaurants in Indiana, plans to open two more Scotty's Brewhouses in Indiana next year. However, his company also is losing the management contracts on two restaurants that carry the Scotty's name.
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St. Elmo to be featured on cable television show

October 31, 2012
"Drinking Made Easy" traveled to Indianapolis to sample several of the city's hotspots and their cocktails. The episode airs Wednesday night on cable network AXS TV.
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INSIDE DISH: New partners boost sales at Pure

October 12, 2012
Mason King
Dish Pure Watch videoReceipts at the locavore's haven in Fountain Square have surged since February, when two new partners took over day-to-day management, redefined the space, expanded the menu and turned its hours of operation upside down.
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INSIDE DISH: Unlikely pair pilot Ship to profit

July 20, 2012
Mason King
Dish_SinkingShip_watchvideoOK, so an accountant and a tattoo artist start a bar. Except it's no joke. Clearly defined roles have helped the odd-couple co-owners of The Sinking Ship navigate a turbulent startup and land on solid financial ground.
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INSIDE DISH: Smokers' haven prepares for ban

May 30, 2012
Mason King
Dish Mass Ave Pub watch videoMass Avenue Pub survived a two-year hiatus in the mid-2000s after a massive infrastructure collapse. Its owners think going smokeless on Friday will be a comparative breeze, even though 65 percent of their clientele like to light up.
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INSIDE DISH: Husband-wife team revive sushi joint's reputation

May 4, 2012
Mason King
Dish_Yokohama_WatchVideoScott and Debbie Bennett sank their savings into purchasing Greenwood's Yokohama, which had a past peppered with disappointed patrons.
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INSIDE DISH: Nostalgic Shallos does brisk business swiftly

April 27, 2012
Mason King
Dish_Shallos_WatchVideoThe 31-year-old, south-side institution is approaching a potential turning point as it breaks sales records and continues to hone lightning-quick food prep and table turnover.
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INSIDE DISH: Gastropub owners get aggressive after big first year

February 24, 2012
Mason King
Dish_local_eatery_watch_videoThe Local Eatery and Pub in Westfield streaked past break-even point in its first 12 months, leading its relieved but exhausted owners to plan new projects.
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Downtown crowds still strong even after game time

February 5, 2012
Scott Olson
Thousands of people stayed downtown to watch the game from a nearby restaurant or bar, many of which had lines stretching out the front door to get inside.
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Super Bowl payoff substantial, but may fall short of hype

February 4, 2012
J.K. Wall
There’s no doubt the Super Bowl crowds showered Indianapolis with cash all week. The question is, how much of it will stick after the big game is over? And how much will it mean to Indianapolis’ economy?
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Distribution plan keeps provisions plentiful despite crowds

February 3, 2012
Cory Schouten
Downtown's Super Bowl revelry still is going strong thanks in large part to a special distribution strategy that includes extra routes, earlier deliveries and an ample supply of food and booze to replenish local establishments. (with video)
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INSIDE DISH: Noodle readies for Super Bowl rush

January 13, 2012
Mason King
Dish Noodle Watch VideoOwner Hal Yeagy expects at least three months of business over 10 days at the newly nonsmoking Slippery Noodle Inn, and he's spending nearly $300,000 on physical improvements and a temporary tent to make sure it rocks.
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Brugge owners eye downtown buildings for brewery, eatery

January 10, 2012
Tom Harton
Owners of Broad Ripple’s Brugge Brasserie want to bring a new restaurant concept to the Massachusetts Avenue district downtown, where they also plan to relocate the craft brewery that supplies beer to Brugge.
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