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INSIDE DISH: Egyptian Cafe posts hot profits, fears smoking ban

February 18, 2011
Mason King
Dish_Egypt_watch_videoMohey Osman has breathed life into a Middle Eastern tradition at the Broad Ripple eatery and hooka bar, but a state smoking ban could choke the business.
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INSIDE DISH: Squealers goes whole hog on franchising

February 4, 2011
Mason King
Dish_Squealers_watch_videoJeff Yater has ushered his meat-lovers concept from the barbecue competition circuit to two Indy-area restaurants. Now he wants to recruit wannabe franchisees with $500,000 and a passion for chicken, beef and pork.
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INSIDE DISH: Venezuelan chef keeps day job, hatches big plan

January 21, 2011
Mason King
Dish_Caracas_watchvideoDaniel Blanco took a serious shot at the restaurant biz, working 19-hour days as both a truck driver and owner of a South American eatery, with more on the way.
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INSIDE DISH: Recess owner keeps it simple, plans expansion

January 7, 2011
Mason King
Recess Watch VideoAfter initial trepidation over its chef-centric concept and urban location, Recess' Greg Hardesty plans to open another school-themed eatery.
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INSIDE DISH: Saffron Cafe surges in second year

December 17, 2010
Mason King
Dish Saffron Watch VideoAfter a $150,000 startup and skin-of-their-teeth opening in 2009, sales at downtown's Moroccan eatery have spiked as word has spread.
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INSIDE DISH: Irvington favorite breaks off slice for Greenwood

December 3, 2010
Mason King
Jockamo Watch
                           VideoThe owners of Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza had seen other local eateries sink after expanding. They weighed many risks before pulling the trigger.
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INSIDE DISH: Santorini to return in short order

November 19, 2010
Mason King
Santorini Fire watch videoOwner Taki Sawi received a crash course in getting a restaurant back on its feet after a catastrophic fire on Oct. 11. The Greek eatery is slated to reopen in mid-December.
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INSIDE DISH: Entrepreneur eschews MBA, opens French cafe

October 22, 2010
Mason King
Emilie Watch VideoEmilie Myers is getting all the practical experience she can handle as she and her mother (owner of Zionsville's late The Pie Safe) try to push La Mie Emilie into the black.
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INSIDE DISH: Cajun couple plays to strengths

October 8, 2010
Mason King
Zydecos_WatchVideoDeb and Carter Hutchinson, owners of Mooresville's unlikely Creole hotspot Zydeco's, have made a living through their gifts for shifting gears. Created on little more than a whim, the eatery thrives on its out-of-left-field approach.
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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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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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INSIDE DISH: Iozzo's endures heat of first year

August 27, 2010
Mason King
Iozzios Watch VideoIn a first year filled with adjustments, fledgling restaurateur Katie Harris of Iozzo's outlines lessons learned from the $350,000 start-up and fluctuating sales.
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INSIDE DISH: Fairgrounds caterer revels in year-round gig

August 13, 2010
Mason King
Bartos Watch VideopPlying fairgoers with country-fried treats is just the start for John Barto, whose firm provides food-and-beverage service for confabs across the Fairgrounds calendar.
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INSIDE DISH: Kelties eyes return to salad days

August 6, 2010
Mason King
Kelties_WatchVideoOwner and chef Keltie Domina is relying on cost-cutting, an uptick in sales and her talent for shifting strategies to dig out of a recession-based deficit.
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INSIDE DISH: Italian eatery thrives despite early blunders

July 30, 2010
Mason King
Matteo Watch VideoFor Matteo and Emily Di Rosa, the sustained profitability of Matteo's Ristorante Italiano is even sweeter in light of the errors of naivete made at the start.
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INSIDE DISH: Reviving an iconic east-side diner

July 23, 2010
Mason King
Dish_steerin_watchvideoHarold's Steer-In was on its last legs when the Kehrer family decided to rehabilitate the beloved eatery. After a slow start, sales are stampeding.
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INSIDE DISH: Vegas-themed eatery eyes breaking even

July 16, 2010
Mason King
Dish_Vegas_WatchVideoHal's Fabulous Vegas Bar & Grille, with a big stake from owner Hal Yeagy, is battling the economy, increased competition and the expectations of south-side diners.
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INSIDE DISH: Tulip Noir owner learns as she goes

July 9, 2010
Mason King
TulipNoir Watch VideoDina Romay-Sipe, a designer turned novice restaurateur, cooked up Tulip Noir from scratch. Good advice along the way: Stick to your budget, pay your bills, and get it in writing.
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INSIDE DISH: Hollyhock Hill sticks with recipe for nostalgia

July 2, 2010
Mason King
Hollyhock
                           watch video iconThe country-cuisine icon has survived several recessions and dozens of food fads. Owner Jay Snyder is staying the course, while looking ahead to his exit.
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INSIDE DISH: Goose the Market laying golden eggs

June 25, 2010
Mason King
Goose watch video iconEnvisioned by Christopher Eley as a one-man butcher shop, Goose has grown in three years to a 12-person operation trending for $1 million in sales.
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INSIDE DISH: H2O owners return with new strategy

June 18, 2010
Mason King
H2) Watch VideoFormer owners Eli and Nicole Anderson are back at the helm of H2O Sushi and are on the brink of a significant revamp, likely including rebranding the Asian-themed eatery.
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INSIDE DISH: Peterson's rebounds after rough start, recession

June 7, 2010
Mason King
Petersons Watch VideoJoe Peterson dreamed of opening a high-end restaurant. The start was rough, but it led to breakthroughs at Joe's day job as a manufacturing magnate.
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INSIDE DISH: Bonge's Tavern survives, thrives in the boonies

May 31, 2010
Mason King
Bonges Watch videoDespite setbacks including a devastating lightning strike, Tony Huelster of Bonge's Tavern has turned the middle-of-nowhere eatery into a dining hotspot.
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INSIDE DISH: Ambrosia's Pizzi hits learning curve

May 21, 2010
Mason King
Ambrosia_WatchVideoLocal restaurateur Gino Pizzi refocuses his new downtown locale after unexpected challenges, including higher costs and lackluster lunch business.
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INSIDE DISH: Real estate deals central to success for Santorini

May 14, 2010
Mason King
Santorini_watchvideoShrewd moves have allowed restauranteur Taki Sawi to cement Santorini Greek Kitchen in Fountain Square and pave the way for future expansion.
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