Restaurants

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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Fast-food clients fueling furniture-maker's growthRestricted Content

May 5, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Facility Concepts’ can-do attitude has cemented the loyalty of clients like Southern Bells—one of the largest Taco Bell franchises in the country—and propelled it from startup consultancy in 2004 to full-fledged manufacturer.
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DINING: Not quite as ordered

May 5, 2012
Lou Harry
First in a month-long series of Keystone Crossing/Clearwater Crossing-area restaurant reviews. This week: Brewstone Beer Co.
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INSIDE DISH: Husband-wife team revive sushi joint's reputation

May 4, 2012
Mason King
Dish_Yokohama_WatchVideoScott and Debbie Bennett sank their savings into purchasing Greenwood's Yokohama, which had a past peppered with disappointed patrons.
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INSIDE DISH: Nostalgic Shallos does brisk business swiftly

April 27, 2012
Mason King
Dish_Shallos_WatchVideoThe 31-year-old, south-side institution is approaching a potential turning point as it breaks sales records and continues to hone lightning-quick food prep and table turnover.
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Law change allows entrepreneurs to market homemade foodRestricted Content

April 21, 2012
Sam Stall
Many Indiana home-based food businesses owe their existence to a law enacted in 2009 that allows them to sell certain types of foods at farmers’ markets and their own roadside stands with minimal state oversight.
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Hendricks County promotes locally owned pizzaRestricted Content

April 7, 2012
Amo Pizza Shop beat out Rock Star Pizza in a competition intended to boost sales for 16 homegrown eateries.
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Popeyes plans new restaurants in Indianapolis area

April 4, 2012
Staff Report
Atlanta-based restaurant chain discloses most of the seven to nine new restaurants planned this year will be in the Indianapolis area.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Foodie rebukes allure of 'Plan B'

March 30, 2012
LQ_Hoover_watchvideoWhat did the founder of Cafe Patachou learn from Butler's Brad Stevens? Why not try franchises? Martha Hoover responds in Part II of her IBJ interview.
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INSIDE DISH: Patachou Inc. has full plate with expansion plans

March 28, 2012
Mason King
Dish_Patachou_WatchVideoFounder Martha Hoover expects to open two new restaurants by the end of the year and as many as six more by 2020, including eateries outside central Indiana.
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Local Golden Corral locations change hands

March 25, 2012
Six area all-you-can-eat restaurants owned by Cincinnati-based Frisch's Restaurants Inc. will be sold to North Carolina firm.
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Purdue graduate takes top job at McDonald's

March 22, 2012
Bloomberg News
McDonald’s Corp. said Chief Operating Officer Don Thompson, who grew up in Indianapolis and graduated from Purdue University, will take over as CEO, becoming the first black chief of the world’s largest restaurant chain.
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INSIDE DISH: Gastropub owners get aggressive after big first year

February 24, 2012
Mason King
Dish_local_eatery_watch_videoThe Local Eatery and Pub in Westfield streaked past break-even point in its first 12 months, leading its relieved but exhausted owners to plan new projects.
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Downtown crowds still strong even after game time

February 5, 2012
Scott Olson
Thousands of people stayed downtown to watch the game from a nearby restaurant or bar, many of which had lines stretching out the front door to get inside.
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Super Bowl payoff substantial, but may fall short of hype

February 4, 2012
J.K. Wall
There’s no doubt the Super Bowl crowds showered Indianapolis with cash all week. The question is, how much of it will stick after the big game is over? And how much will it mean to Indianapolis’ economy?
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Distribution plan keeps provisions plentiful despite crowds

February 3, 2012
Cory Schouten
Downtown's Super Bowl revelry still is going strong thanks in large part to a special distribution strategy that includes extra routes, earlier deliveries and an ample supply of food and booze to replenish local establishments. (with video)
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Circle Centre again suing Bella Vita over unpaid rent

January 30, 2012
Scott Olson
Landlord Circle Centre Mall LLC is suing the restaurant over $77,275.24 in unpaid rent, according to court documents. Circle Centre also sued Bella Vita in June 2010 over $96,523.23 in overdue rent.
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Restaurants and stores plan new Indy locationsRestricted Content

January 21, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Off Broadway Shoes highlights new retailers entering the market.
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Ryan's, Old Country Buffet parent files for bankruptcy

January 20, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Buffets Restaurants Holdings, which operates at least three restaurants in the Indianapolis area, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for a second time and plans to close 81 underperforming eateries.
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INSIDE DISH: Noodle readies for Super Bowl rush

January 13, 2012
Mason King
Dish Noodle Watch VideoOwner Hal Yeagy expects at least three months of business over 10 days at the newly nonsmoking Slippery Noodle Inn, and he's spending nearly $300,000 on physical improvements and a temporary tent to make sure it rocks.
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Brugge owners eye downtown buildings for brewery, eatery

January 10, 2012
Tom Harton
Owners of Broad Ripple’s Brugge Brasserie want to bring a new restaurant concept to the Massachusetts Avenue district downtown, where they also plan to relocate the craft brewery that supplies beer to Brugge.
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Downtown restaurants planning for crowds

December 31, 2011
Sam Stall
Pretty much every eatery in town will be packed from Jan. 27 to Feb. 5. However, with luck, a little savvy and some expert advice, it’s still possible to find a short-notice, sit-down meal.
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Battle between phone rivals spills into the courtroomRestricted Content

December 31, 2011
Greg Andrews
Brightpoint sues Miami rival Brightstar twice in one week over its hiring of two former executives of the local wireless-phone distributor.
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INSIDE DISH: Patrick's finds room at the Inn in 'X-mas miracle'

December 23, 2011
Mason King
Dish_Patricks_Watch_VideoBeth Dickerson and Patrick Mullen had one month to find a new home for their struggling restaurant and move. A lucky break at Brick Street Inn and dozens of patrons (straight out of "It's a Wonderful Life") helped make it happen.
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