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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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Jefferson Plaza renovation approaches endRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
Katie Maurer

The Jefferson Plaza renovation, which has been renamed Allen Plaza after its developer, will include restaurants, office space, condos, and is also working to achieve LEED environmental certification.

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Broad Ripple restaurant closesRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
Scholar's Inn Bakehouse has closed its cafe at the corner of College and Broad Ripple avenues in Broad Ripple. The locally based chain still is operating the Scholar's Inn Restaurant & Lounge along Massachusetts Avenue downtown.
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New restaurants open in downtown IndianapolisRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
Two new restaurants near the corner of Washington and Pennsylvania streets have opened their doors.
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Green Mountain entrepreneur compiles 17-percent stake in struggling Noble Roman's

November 24, 2008
Cory Schouten
Robert P. Stiller, a lifelong entrepreneur who built Green Mountain into a wholesale coffee giant with 7,000 customers and $500 million in revenue, owns 3.4 million shares, or 17 percent of the Noble Roman's company.
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Self-serve chili could help Charlie & Barney's grow nationallyRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Sam Stall
Charlie & Barney's is quietly expanding into unorthodox niches, placing its product in unusual places — like convenience stores.
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Steak n Shake seeks younger customersRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Cory Schouten
Steak n Shake hopes to create buzz with its new marketing plan targeting youth.
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Holiday promotional campaign helps Indianapolis venues boost their attendanceRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Scott Olson
The 12 Free Days of Indy Christmas promotion runs through Dec. 24 and gives patrons of several city destinations the opportunity to enjoy them without the cost.
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Tough economy touching all industries, but some are hurting more than othersRestricted Content

September 22, 2008
Anthony Schoettle, Cory Schouten

Stock markets are falling, jobs are disappearing, and the outlook for the economy seems grim. Banks, real estate developers, retailers and manufacturers are taking the worst hits, but all types of businesses in central Indiana are hurting. From health care to technology, education to philanthropy, every industry is trying to take the setbacks in stride.


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Independent coffee shops feeling perkier than StarbucksRestricted Content

July 28, 2008
Chip Cutter

At a time when Starbucks is closing hundreds of stores nationwide, he and other local independent coffeehouse owners say they're doing just fine, largely because they're infusing their stores with personality and offering consumers an experience chain stores can't replicate.

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10 local Starbucks will be among 600 nationwide closingsRestricted Content

July 21, 2008
Cory Schouten
At least 10 local Starbucks stores are slated to close by early next year as part of a 600-store nationwide purge. The chain has named only 50 of the stores it plans to close, including two in Indiana, but it has notified the others. Those include at least six in Indianapolis and stores in Carmel, Greenwood and Beech Grove.
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Ailing Steak n Shake rehires ad agency, but will pact stick?Restricted Content

June 30, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Local advertising powerhouse Young & Laramore signed a new contract with Steak n Shake, one of its flagship clients, just two weeks ago, but ad industry observers can't help but wonder if the 18-year-old relationship is about to run its course. Before the ink on the contract was dry, the struggling hamburger chain had a new board chairman who is likely to shuffle Steak n Shake's executive suite and take the company in a new direction.
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Texas investor enlists former Steak n Shake exec in quest to revive chainRestricted Content

April 21, 2008
Cory Schouten
Two executives with longtime ties to The Steak n Shake Co. have joined a dissident Texas investor in his quest to overhaul the Indianapolis-based restaurant chain. Shareholders who have agreed to work with Sardar Biglari include a former board member the company once described as a "modern-day founder" of the restaurant chain, along with a former partner in Kelley & Partners Ltd., the investment firm led by company patriarch E.W. Kelley before his 2003 death.
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Local restaurants add sites, consider taking on chainsRestricted Content

March 10, 2008
Jennifer Whitson
Several local eateries are going through a growth spurt, adding locations despite central Indiana diners' reputation for being addicted to national chains. Ironically enough, the expansions could be the first step in transforming the local restaurants into chains themselves.
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Upscale mainstay Glass Chimney ending its 32-year runRestricted Content

January 21, 2008
Tracy Donhardt
Lured to America in 1967 by brothers who owned restaurants in Cincinnati and Indianapolis, Dieter Puska has spent the past 32 years--nearly half his life--as owner and chef of the elegant Glass Chimney restaurant in Carmel. So it was a bittersweet moment when he told his employees this month that he is hanging up his chef's coat and giving up his 70-hour workweeks to retire.
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Pizza parlor, dog groomer among those going mobileRestricted Content

October 15, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
Neighborhood Pizza, which operates out of the back of a souped-up box truck equipped with a pizza oven and other necessities, is among a growing number of startups that are hitting the road--literally.
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MCL spending $1M to freshen its imageRestricted Content

September 17, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
After 12 months of market research, MCL cafeterias discovered younger folks and families aren't familiar with the taste of the Mayfield's Value Plate or the Noon Special. So the company has launched a $1 million campaign to reposition its brand.
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St. Elmo spinoff, Harry & Izzy's, could go nationalRestricted Content

March 12, 2007
Cory Schouten
Harry & Izzy's, a spinoff to St. Elmo Steak House slated to open in mid-April at Circle Centre mall, is the city's most anticipated new restaurant in years--a casual cousin to St. Elmo, with lunch service and a wider menu, including salads, pastas and pizzas, along with standbys like the famous shrimp cocktail.
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Starbucks pours it on in IndianaRestricted Content

December 4, 2006
Cory Schouten
Over the last seven years, Starbucks has inundated virtually every corner of the Hoosier landscape. And the company has no plans to slow down. Several Indiana towns--from Gas City to Angola, Batesville to Bluffton--will get their first Starbucks in 2007.
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Culinary training gains popularity as restaurant boom continuesRestricted Content

August 28, 2006
Victoria D. Williams
Indiana Business College will launch a Chef's Academy downtown next month, offering an 18-month program intended to produce trained "culinarians." Ivy Tech Community College, meanwhile, is looking for space to expand its two-year culinary arts program, which has seen explosive growth.
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St. Elmo top-selling restaurant; others sizzle, tooRestricted Content

July 17, 2006
Matthew Kish
St. Elmo Steak House was the top-selling restaurant in 2005, ringing up $11.3 million in sales, but the Cheesecake Factory, Oceanaire, Maggiano's Little Italy, Sullivan's Steakhouse and P.F. Chang's, among others, all topped $5 million.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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