Bars/Taverns

INSIDE DISH: Sales slacking, Smee's owner seeks solutions

September 24, 2010
Mason King
Smees Watch VideoThe recession, competition and maybe even familiarity have pushed Tim Smeehuyzen's north-side haunt into the red.
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Owners enjoy Melody Inn's niche as well-worn music venue

September 18, 2010
Marc D. Allan
Since Melody Inn owners Dave Brown and Rob Ondrish bought the 38th and Illinois streets mainstay in 2001, they figure more than 7,000 bands have played on the 18-inch-high stage tucked just inside their front door.
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INSIDE DISH: Sun King brewery blazes past initial sales goals

September 10, 2010
Mason King
Sun King Watch VideoFounded in 2008, Indy's first production brewery in decades already has blitzed five-year goals and plans to ramp up capacity to as much as 12,000 barrels per year, says co-owner Clay Robinson.
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Indianapolis retailers plan new stores, relocations

August 14, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A new restaurant near Lucas Oil Stadium is among several new or relocated retailers around the city.
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Thirst rises for liquor licenses in Marion CountyRestricted Content

July 3, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Finding the golden ticket of a liquor license in Indianapolis can be tricky—and costly. All 321 permits allowed in Marion County under a state quota have been allotted. Unless a restaurant is opening in an “off-quota” district, the owner has to find someone willing to transfer an existing license.
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Group tries to turn Sunday booze ban into July 4 fireworks

June 28, 2010
J.K. Wall
An alliance of drugstores, groceries and gas stations is using the July Fourth holiday—which falls this year on Sunday—to drum up more support for ending Indiana’s ban on Sunday retail sales of alcohol.
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Bloomington Brewing Co. planning expansion

June 17, 2010
Associated Press
A small brewery in southern Indiana plans to start selling its beer around the state as a new facility will boost its production capacity by 1,000 percent.
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Indy entrepreneurs draft plans for 3 microbreweries

June 8, 2010
Cory Schouten
Three local microbreweries—Triton Brewing Co., Bier Brewery & Taproom and Flat 12 Bierwerks—are planning to open in the next few months in a rush inspired in part by the runaway success of homegrown Sun King Brewing Co.
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Sahm's to open tavern in downtown Indianapolis

May 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The bar and restaurant will take about 3,600 square feet in the building, which has OneAmerica and ExactTarget as its anchor office tenants.
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INSIDE DISH: Brugge Brasserie brews plans for expansion

May 7, 2010
Mason King
Brugge_WatchVideoThe Broad Ripple-based brewpub's owners bet its Belgian beer and vittles will go over just as well outside Indy. But first they need $1 million from an investor, in part to streamline brewing.
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INSIDE DISH: Restaurateur rebounds with Pizzology

April 16, 2010
Mason King
Pizzology_WatchVideoAfter a sales slowdown during the recession forced him to close the high-end eatery L'explorateur, Neal Brown mulled a move into Neopolitan-style pizza with friendlier price points. The result—Pizzology Pizzeria & Pub—is off to a profitable start.
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Red Key's rules will live on after owner's death

April 5, 2010
J.K. Wall
Russel Settle, 92, was renowned for telling customers at the landmark Red Key Tavern to mind their manners in the northside pub featured in a Dan Wakefield novel.
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Vogue owner's bankruptcy may force sale of venueRestricted Content

March 27, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
A mix of business and personal woes have pushed Steven Carter Ross, the longtime owner and manager of the Vogue nightclub, into personal bankruptcy. Now a judge must decide whether Ross can keep the popular Broad Ripple music venue, or if he must sell it to satisfy his creditors and his estranged wife.
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Scotty's owner planning to open microbrewery

February 26, 2010
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Indianapolis restaurateur Scott Wise is moving forward with plans to launch Scotty’s Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co., a microbrewery that will produce craft beer for his eateries and the public. It will share space with another startup craft brewer.
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Indianapolis lawyer to open bar and lounge in 3Mass building on Mass Ave

November 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The bar, which isn't yet named, will be Baker & Daniels lawyer Trevor Belden's first bar.
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Bloomington's Kilroy's opening downtown Indianapolis outpost

August 29, 2009
Cory Schouten
Restaurateur Paul Murzyn has signed a lease for the 8,700-square-foot, first-floor space at 201 S. Meridian St., a historic building with luxury condos upstairs.
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Two more bars go smoke-free

August 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Gregs and the Talbott Street Nightclub, two prominent bars that cater to gay and lesbian crowds, went smoke-free Aug. 1.
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Conrad Indianapolis adding wine bar, sidewalk diningRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
Cory Schouten
Plans are in the works for a wine bar called Tastings that would take the first-floor corner space at the Conrad Indianapolis. The $1 million project would add an entrance to the luxury hotel at the northeast corner of Washington and Illinois streets and include a total of 80 outdoor seats along both streets, in the shadow of the Artsgarden.
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Clean air strategy: Some nightspots opt to tighten smoking rulesRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Coaches Tavern, MacNiven's Restaurant and Bar, and The Jazz Kitchen are among Indianapolis bars that recently limited or banned smoking. Those establishments join a short list of bars that already buck the trend in Indianapolis. Smoking in public places, including restaurants, has been banned in Marion County since 2006, but it's still OK to puff away in places that don't admit minors.
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Remove barriers to lower costsRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Todd Roberson
By preserving residency as a condition to distribute booze, our Legislature is protecting Indiana's existing liquor distributors, many of whom do business in neighboring states like Illinois and Michigan. This antiquated standard is anti-competitive and ultimately means higher prices and reduced selection for Indiana residents.
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Franklin ban snuffs out smokingRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Tavern owners in Franklin will mothball their ashtrays next month following the passage of a smoking ban May 4. City councilors voted 6-1 to make the ban one of the most restrictive in the state.
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Airport concessions awardedRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
Indianapolis International Airport cleaned up at the Airport Revenue News' 2009 Best Concession Awards Feb. 15 in Orlando, Fla.
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Schedule shift heats salsa war at two area hot spotsRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
Gabrielle Poshadlo
After four years, the Red Room club in Broad Ripple is switching its salsa night from Wednesday to Thursday and local salseros are worried about stepping on some toes.
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Broad Ripple natives grow up to be neighborhood entrepreneursRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Many Broad Ripple business owners say the neighborhood is an oasis for eclectic and independent small entrepreneurial ventures.
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'Smoke free' needs to be the law in all Hoosier public placesRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
If Indianapolis is going to be a first-class city, it needs to have a comprehensive smoke-free workplace law.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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