Restaurants

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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Pizzeria plagiarism? Napolese suing Crust over close likeness

October 24, 2013
Scott Olson
Cafe Patachou founder Martha Hoover contends the owner of newcomer Crust in Carmel has stolen the look of her Napolese pizzerias and is confusing customers.
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Biglari shareholder loses bid to stop $75M stock offering

September 20, 2013
Scott Olson
A federal judge rejected the shareholder's motion claiming that the offering would enable CEO Sardar Biglari to unfairly increase his ownership in the company. Biglari Holdings is the parent of Indianapolis-based Steak n Shake.
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Indy joins national protest over fast-food wages

August 29, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Fast-food workers in 50 U.S. cities, including Indianapolis, plan to walk off the job Thursday in an attempt to ratchet up pressure on McDonald’s Corp., Wendy’s Co. and others to raise wages.
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Steak n Shake dispute with franchisees reaches to Denver

August 5, 2013
Scott Olson
The locally based burger chain filed suit late last month to stop a Denver restaurant owner from operating under its logo in a spat over menu pricing. The franchisee is countersuing.
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Kokomo eatery featured on 'Restaurant Impossible'

July 2, 2013
Associated Press
Ducky's Family Restaurant had been a staple in Kokomo for 50-plus years, but recent struggles earned it a spot on the Food Network's "Restaurant Impossible."
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MCL enlists star power for TV commercialsRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Last month, Los Angeles-based film producer/director Steve Zukerman filmed commercials inside an MCL Restaurant and Bakery at Allisonville Road and 86th Street and in the Carmel Arts & Design District.
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Noble Roman's gets rolling with take-and-bake franchises

June 18, 2013
Mason King
Since October, franchisees have opened the first seven stand-alone, take-and-bake locations—dubbed Noble Roman’s Take-n-Bake P’ZA. Nine more are in development or under construction.
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High overhead does in Carmel Shapiro's

June 12, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The company called closing the restaurant at 918 S. Range Line Road a “strategic decision” that will allow it to focus on its flagship downtown eatery.
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DINING: Washington Street eatery sparked by sibling synergy

June 1, 2013
Lou Harry
First in a month-long series of D-restaurant reviews.
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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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Local enrollment for culinary schools risingRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The surprising growth corresponds with the recent expansion of the Indiana Convention Center, and an explosion in the popularity of The Food Network and chef-centric programming. But don't expect to make a mint.
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Colts-themed restaurant could reopen with Irsay's aid

May 3, 2013
Scott Olson
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has pledged to throw the owner of the Blue Crew Sports Grill a lifeline by paying his rent until the football season starts in September.
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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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Food trucks find patchwork of rules in northern suburbs

April 13, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
As the food truck industry heats up in Indianapolis, leaders of its fast-growing northern suburbs are starting to rewrite the rules of the road.
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Steak n Shake facing new suit over mandatory menu pricing

April 10, 2013
Scott Olson
Another Steak n Shake franchise owner is suing the company over its controversial practice that prohibits restaurants in the chain from setting their own menu prices, even after a federal appeals court sided with a franchisee.
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DINING: Geist pub shows Asian influence

April 6, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Second in a month-long series of food-and-a-drink eatery reviews.
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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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Bru, Mesh owner planning third eatery in Mass Ave neighborhood

March 26, 2013
Scott Olson
Mike Cunningham has signed a letter of intent to buy a building at 620 N. East St. that he said would house a "new American diner."
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Steak n Shake’s value menu isn’t all that looks cheapRestricted Content

March 23, 2013
Greg Andrews
Investors may be undervaluing Biglari Holdings Inc., which owns Steak n Shake outright and holds 20 percent of Cracker Barrel.
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Cops to valets: Park cars, not trafficRestricted Content

March 9, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis police are keeping an eye on downtown valets, whose habit of blocking traffic lanes has prompted complaints. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department issued a stern reminder to all valet operators on Jan. 31, the week after the opening of The Alexander Hotel in CityWay at Delaware and South streets.
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