Fountain Square

DINING: Thunderbird cruises in with cocktails and creativity

February 15, 2014
Lou Harry
For me, the primary lure was the interesting food lineup, sporting a decidedly southern accent in portions sized in that nether region between full entrée and tapas. A review.

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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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DINING: Yes, Virginia (Ave.), you have a great new restaurant

August 4, 2012
Lou Harry
First in a month-long series of colorful restaurants. This week: Bluebeard.
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DINING: Po-boy newcomer has bocce, beer and the right bread

June 9, 2012
Lou Harry
Second in a month-long series of new-in-the-neighborhood restaurants. This week: B's Po-Boy in Fountain Square.
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DINING: Fountain Square eatery gets a turnaround

December 17, 2011
Lou Harry
Last in a series of visits to eateries that have recently moved into the digs of former eateries. This week: End of the Line Public House.
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Big Car gallery leaving Fountain SquareRestricted Content

December 3, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Resources diverted from Murphy Art Center space will go toward Lafayette Square-area center, downtown initiatives.
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New restaurant to anchor Fountain Square Theatre buildingRestricted Content

November 26, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The End of the Line Public House will replace the Shelbi Street Cafe.
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DINING: Mama Irma earns high praise

November 12, 2011
Lou Harry
Second in a month-long series of reviews of new ethnic eateries. This week: Fountain Square Peruvian.
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New Republican councilor beat long odds

November 11, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Republican Jeff Miller's wife died three months before the Nov. 8 election, but he kept campaigning for City-County Council—and won in a district that leans Democratic against an incumbent.
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DINING: Tortas reform

October 1, 2011
First in a month-long series of “en route” restaurants.
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DINING: Fountain Square eatery is taqueria of the town

August 27, 2011
Lou Harry
Fourth in a month-long series of reviews of new arts district eateries. This week: Revolucion.
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INSIDE DISH: Mexican mainstay puts second spot on front burner

May 27, 2011
Mason King
LaMarg_WatchVideoAfter 25 years at La Margarita, stabilizing sales and surviving family tragedy, owner Lori Rangel-Grubbs is branching out to Fountain Square.
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Fountain Square project to include concert venue

May 17, 2011
Tom Harton
The new owner of a 110-year-old building in the heart of Fountain Square is planning a renovation and expansion that will turn it into a restaurant, bar and 450-seat music hall called Pioneer.
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Fountain Square staple Peppy Grill thrives on independenceRestricted Content

March 19, 2011
Marc D. Allan
The sign behind the counter at the we-never-close greasy spoon sums up its distinct personality: “Cows may come and cows may go, but the bull in this place goes on forever.”
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Group's demolition plan draws ire of preservationists

March 4, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A proposal by Keep Indianapolis Beautiful to bulldoze four century-old homes near Fountain Square has sparked a battle between the neighborhood beautification group and some of its typical allies: historic preservationists.
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IMOCA settles in at Murphy Arts, calls off move

December 7, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, which faltered in the summer of 2009, is on stable footing at its year-old location in Fountain Square—so much so that it won't move closer to downtown, as it had planned.
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Fountain Square turning to first-of-kind tax to fund improvementsRestricted Content

December 4, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
A Fountain Square group led by neighborhood business owners hopes to create an “economic improvement district” for the up-and-coming neighborhood, where additional tax revenue could be used for everything from litter cleanup and marketing to capital improvements.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Joyful 'Noise!' in Fountain Square

November 20, 2010
Lou Harry
Thoughts on the Noise! cabaret, Bands of America's Grand National Championships, and Blue Man Group.
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DINING: Square Rootz Deli shapes sandwiches with style

September 18, 2010
Andrea Muirragui Davis
It's easy to miss this new Fountain Square eatery, but it's worth finding.
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Developer buying Fountain Square building; museum lined up as tenant

October 30, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Architect and developer Craig Von Deylen hopes to close by next week on the purchase of the Murphy Arts Center in Fountain Square and is in the process of signing new tenants, including the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art.
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Humane Society eyes city for $3M clinic

August 27, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Humane Society of Indianapolis is shopping for donors to support construction of a $3 million spay/neuter clinic in the Fountain Square area.
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DINING: Backward-named eatery, forward-thinking fusion

July 6, 2009
Lou Harry
Search the Web for Naisa and you may come up with the North American International Auto Show or the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association. Neither has anything to do with the new Naisa Pan-Asian Cafe (1025 Virginia Ave., 602-3708), where the name comes from simply reversing the letters in the word Asian.
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Arts backer Efroymson returns to contemporary museum he helped start

June 15, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Jeremy Efroymson recently agreed to return to the financially flailing Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art as its executive director and work for free. Efroymson, one of the museum's early leaders, has a strategy for seeing IMOCA through a financial rough spot, but what remains unclear is how the museum will wean itself off his support.
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Tonic Ball raises money for Second HelpingsRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Marc D.
Tonic Ball — an annual fundraiser for Second Helpings — takes place the Friday before Thanksgiving, featuring 30 local bands each playing 10-minute themed sets and local artists selling their work.
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