Restaurants

Local Taco Bell franchisee acquired by California firm

January 16, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Southern Bells Inc., an Indianapolis-based franchisee that operates 76 regional fast-food restaurants, has been acquired by the country’s largest franchisee of Applebee’s restaurants.
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Microlenders aim to help businesses grow, survive

January 5, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Indiana has three certified, not-for-profit SBA microloan intermediaries, which not only make short-term microloans—as any lender can—but also use the SBA grants they receive to offer business coaching along with the financing.
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Bazbeaux founders settle lawsuit

December 29, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Former husband and wife agree to end joint ownership of pizza restaurant, ending dispute that erupted with opening of Fountain Square sandwich shop.
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Two Scotty's to reopen as Detour American Grilles

December 22, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The owner of the restaurants, Fishers-based MSCB, switched to the new formats after terminating its contracts with the current operator, Indianapolis-based A Pots & Pans Production.
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Scotty's plans new restaurants, loses contracts on others

December 20, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Scott Wise, who operates nine restaurants in Indiana, plans to open two more Scotty's Brewhouses in Indiana next year. However, his company also is losing the management contracts on two restaurants that carry the Scotty's name.
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Yats founders prepare to franchise chain across MidwestRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Yats founders Joe and Regina Vuskovich decided earlier this year to grow their restaurant through franchising. Broad Ripple resident John Sutton and his sister Brittany Franken jumped at the opportunity.
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Local chain takes vacant Clearwater restaurant spotRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Zionsville-based Oobatz! will open in building formerly occupied by Uno Chicago Grill.
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Another Broken Egg, Drake’s join local restaurant sceneRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Three others, including Granite City Food & Brewery, are adding to their number of Indianapolis-area locations.
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Local Ruth's Chris franchisee takes aim at breakfast

November 8, 2012
Scott Olson
The operator of the Ruth's Chris Steak House locations in Indianapolis is delving into the breakfast business by acquiring the rights to open 16 Another Broken Egg restaurants. The first is slated to open in February on the north side.
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INSIDE DISH: Carmel eatery unafraid to break a few eggs, rules

November 2, 2012
Mason King
Dish_Eggshell
                           bistro_watch_videoRestaurateur Larry Hanes stuck to his guns in creating Eggshell Bistro, bending conventions with eclectic decor, artisanal coffees, and a simple menu with restrained portions.
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St. Elmo to be featured on cable television show

October 31, 2012
"Drinking Made Easy" traveled to Indianapolis to sample several of the city's hotspots and their cocktails. The episode airs Wednesday night on cable network AXS TV.
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Broncos' Manning to own 21 Papa John's pizza franchises

October 27, 2012
Bloomberg News
Peyton Manning will be introduced as the company's newest franchisee in the Denver area during a television spot with Papa John's Chief Executive John Schnatter on Sunday during the telecast of NBC's "Football Night in America."
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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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Steak n Shake opening in United Arab Emirates

October 9, 2012
The Indianapolis-based restaurant chain struck a deal to open 40 locations starting next year in the Middle Eastern country, its first venture outside the United States.
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Local furniture maker acquires northern Indiana company

October 9, 2012
Facility Concepts Inc.'s purchase of Classico Seating in Peru, Ind., gives the manufacturer of restaurant furniture about 100 employees and 250,000 square feet of manufacturing space.
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Biglari agrees to antitrust fine in Cracker Barrel deal

September 26, 2012
Bloomberg News
The chain-restaurant operator that owns Indianapolis-based Steak n Shake has agreed to pay $850,000 to settle procedural antitrust violations stemming from its purchase of shares in Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc.
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Steak n Shake loses appeal over franchisee’s pricing

August 24, 2012
Indiana Lawyer Staff
A longtime Steak n Shake franchisee who sued the chain after it insisted on setting prices for menu items prevailed again Friday as the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed an Illinois federal court’s ruling in the franchisee’s favor.
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Steak n Shake customer traffic up in latest quarter

August 14, 2012
Biglari Holdings Inc., parent of Steak n Shake, said Friday that customer traffic to the restaurant chain grew 2.2 percent during the quarter ended July 4, boosting same-store sales 2.9 percent.
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DINING: Neighborhood joint offers tasty tweaks on bar/grill staples

July 28, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Last in a month-long series of "Grill" restaurant reviews. This week: JT's Grille and Bar.
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INSIDE DISH: Unlikely pair pilot Ship to profit

July 20, 2012
Mason King
Dish_SinkingShip_watchvideoOK, so an accountant and a tattoo artist start a bar. Except it's no joke. Clearly defined roles have helped the odd-couple co-owners of The Sinking Ship navigate a turbulent startup and land on solid financial ground.
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A year later, Circle Centre Nordstrom vacancy lingers

June 30, 2012
Cory Schouten
Without a rapid-fire lease deal and renovation, the former Nordstrom anchor space at Circle Centre will sit idle for a second holiday season. The more general-audience-oriented department store chain Macy’s remains the odds-on favorite to replace Nordstrom, though it would take only a portion of the available space.
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Indianapolis airport getting gas station

June 15, 2012
Chris O'Malley
A long-awaited gas station at Indianapolis International Airport is to open by the middle of next year. Plans call for the facility to include a fast-food restaurant, service bay and car wash.
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Developer ups retail ambitions for 86th-and-Keystone siteRestricted Content

June 2, 2012
Cory Schouten
A Wisconsin developer has beefed up plans for the southwest corner of East 86th Street and Keystone Avenue across from The Fashion Mall at Keystone.
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INSIDE DISH: Smokers' haven prepares for ban

May 30, 2012
Mason King
Dish Mass Ave Pub watch videoMass Avenue Pub survived a two-year hiatus in the mid-2000s after a massive infrastructure collapse. Its owners think going smokeless on Friday will be a comparative breeze, even though 65 percent of their clientele like to light up.
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Federal court to hear Steak n Shake franchisee appeal

May 21, 2012
Scott Olson
The case involves an Illinois franchisee of Steak n Shake that successfully sued the company over its mandatory menu and pricing policies. The company's appeal is set to be heard Wednesday by a federal appeals court in Chicago.
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