Restaurants

Well-known east-side Mexican eatery closes

July 21, 2014
Scott Olson
El Sol de Tala, a staple on East Washington Street for several decades, shut its doors earlier this month amid a court dispute between the restaurant's owner and his landlord.
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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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DINING: Pub brings Irish fare to Mass Ave

July 5, 2014
Lou Harry
Nine Irish Brothers brings bangers and mash to Mass Ave. New pub also features live music.
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Carmel retailers play defense against U.S. 31 construction

June 19, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Business has skidded for some eateries along the corridor as work crews transform it into a limited access highway. Proprietors are reaching out to customers with promotions but gripping the bottom line.
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MCL stays fresh as cafeteria rivals slide into decline

June 14, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The company that Charles O. McGaughey and his partner, George Laughner, started in 1950 has outlived thousands of Indiana restaurants—chains and mom-and-pops alike—and remained profitable through the changing tastes and trends of seven decades.
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Former restaurateur Peter George partnering on small new eatery

June 7, 2014
Scott Olson
George, 60, is targeting an August opening for Tinker Street, a chef-driven and plant-based concept he’s launching with business partner Thomas Main, 56, who also has a restaurant background.
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Indy's musical roots remain alive at Jazz Kitchen

May 30, 2014
Associated Press
For the past 20 years, the Jazz Kitchen has offered live jazz seven nights a week, serving as an incubator for local acts and touring musicians alike.
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Grab-and-go meals on menu for Patachou owner

May 21, 2014
Scott Olson
Local restaurateur and entrepreneur Martha Hoover wants to open kiosks offering healthy meals on the go in public places, including along the Monon Trail.
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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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DINING: Indian restaurant offers twist on traditional buffet concept

April 19, 2014
Lou Harry
The former Sushi on the Rocks location downtown now houses Haveli, a worthwhile Indian buffet with unique menu options and warm Naan delivered to your table.
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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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DINING: Is Fogo too expensive for you? Meet—or meat—Tucanos

March 29, 2014
Lou Harry
Your feelings toward Tucanos Brazilian Grill in Noblesville are likely to be influenced strongly by whether you’ve dined at Fogo de Chao in downtown Indy.
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Developer to break ground on Fort Ben project

March 11, 2014
Tom Harton
The 36,000-square-foot building will house 27,000 square feet of office suites. The remainder will be retail, with the local Jockamo's Pizza chain slated to open a restaurant in the largest space.
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Kite floats two-tower Pan Am Plaza projectRestricted Content

March 1, 2014
Scott Olson
The latest plan to redevelop Pan Am Plaza calls for two hotels, residential units and restaurants spread across two towers as tall as 20 stories each, sources familiar with the details told IBJ.
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Prosecutors want to keep $3.4M from El Rodeo raids

February 19, 2014
Associated Press
Civil forfeiture lawsuits have been filed in Tippecanoe and Marion counties, accusing the Mexican restaurant owners and others involved with the businesses of illegally obtaining the money.
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Champps restaurants likely to survive parent's bankruptcy

January 31, 2014
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The bankruptcy of a Kansas restaurant company has cast uncertainty over the future of its five Indianapolis-area restaurants—three Chammps Americanas and two Fox and Hounds.
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New owner for 14 West building targeting another restaurant

January 28, 2014
Scott Olson
A recently retired CEO bought the historic building at 14 W. Maryland St. After renovations, he hopes to attract a national chain to the space.
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Napolese nibbles on national expansionRestricted Content

January 11, 2014
Scott Olson
Local restaurateur Martha Hoover plans to take her Napolese chain national with help from Simon Property Group Inc.
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Canned Star reporter firing up foodie website

January 8, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Indianapolis Star food writer Jolene Ketzenberger has been dismissed by the state’s largest newspaper for operating a personal website featuring “back of the notebook” snippets of information about the local food scene.
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Circle Centre nears deals for Burger Palace, Yard House, LA Fitness

January 3, 2014
Scott Olson
Three prominent restaurant chains, including one developed by Bobby Flay, and a health club franchise are eying the vacant space formerly occupied by Nordstrom in Circle Centre.
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Steak n Shake cooks up expansion plan for Saudi Arabia

December 27, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-based burger chain has growth plans far afield of its base of operations in the Midwest, intending to open 50 restaurants in the Middle Eastern country.
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New book from ad agency vet offers restaurants food for thoughtRestricted Content

December 21, 2013
Chris O'Malley

Veteran ad-agency man Charlie Hopper of Young & Laramore is starting to sound a little like comedian George Carlin. Did you ever notice how restaurants rely on tired ideas more than any other major advertiser? Hopper asks in his new book, “Selling Eating.”

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Local restaurant owners settle case of pizzeria plagiarism

December 10, 2013
Dan Human
Napolese pizzeria and Crust Pizzeria Napoletana have quietly reached an agreement outside of court. Napolese owner Martha Hoover filed an intellectual property lawsuit against Crust owner Mohey Osman in October.
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Northwest Indiana restaurants part of El Rodeo raids

November 20, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The raids at La Carreta restaurants in Merrillville and Schererville were part of a larger investigation that targeted El Rodeo restaurants in the Indianapolis area, Lafayette, West Lafayette and Richmond.
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Police raid El Rodeo restaurants in several counties

November 19, 2013
Jeff Newman
The Marion County Prosecutor’s office led a multicounty police raid at lunchtime Monday that closed numerous eateries in the El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant chain.
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