Restaurants

Circle Centre sues restaurant Bella Vita over unpaid rent

June 11, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Italian restaurant that took over high-profile mall space in January is being sued by the landlord for $96,523.23.
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Indy entrepreneurs draft plans for 3 microbreweries

June 8, 2010
Cory Schouten
Three local microbreweries—Triton Brewing Co., Bier Brewery & Taproom and Flat 12 Bierwerks—are planning to open in the next few months in a rush inspired in part by the runaway success of homegrown Sun King Brewing Co.
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INSIDE DISH: Peterson's rebounds after rough start, recession

June 7, 2010
Mason King
Petersons Watch VideoJoe Peterson dreamed of opening a high-end restaurant. The start was rough, but it led to breakthroughs at Joe's day job as a manufacturing magnate.
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Dunkin, Baskin-Robbins eye closed Meridian Street cafe

June 5, 2010
 IBJ Staff
They will take over the former home of Bonjour Cafe & Bakery if the owner wins city approval to add a drive-through.
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INSIDE DISH: Bonge's Tavern survives, thrives in the boonies

May 31, 2010
Mason King
Bonges Watch videoDespite setbacks including a devastating lightning strike, Tony Huelster of Bonge's Tavern has turned the middle-of-nowhere eatery into a dining hotspot.
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INSIDE DISH: Ambrosia's Pizzi hits learning curve

May 21, 2010
Mason King
Ambrosia_WatchVideoLocal restaurateur Gino Pizzi refocuses his new downtown locale after unexpected challenges, including higher costs and lackluster lunch business.
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INSIDE DISH: Real estate deals central to success for Santorini

May 14, 2010
Mason King
Santorini_watchvideoShrewd moves have allowed restauranteur Taki Sawi to cement Santorini Greek Kitchen in Fountain Square and pave the way for future expansion.
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Stone Creek owner adding to his dining empire

May 8, 2010
Cory Schouten
Mike Cunningham has run dining spots ranging from a bar and grill to yogurt stands and is now growing a popular chain of upscale restaurants—primarily under the Stone Creek Dining Co. name—in Indiana and Ohio.
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Sahm's to open tavern in downtown Indianapolis

May 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The bar and restaurant will take about 3,600 square feet in the building, which has OneAmerica and ExactTarget as its anchor office tenants.
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INSIDE DISH: Brugge Brasserie brews plans for expansion

May 7, 2010
Mason King
Brugge_WatchVideoThe Broad Ripple-based brewpub's owners bet its Belgian beer and vittles will go over just as well outside Indy. But first they need $1 million from an investor, in part to streamline brewing.
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Denny's proxy fight follows Steak n Shake template

May 4, 2010
Cory Schouten
A group of dissident investors is trying to wrest control of the Denny's restaurant chain using the same formula that led to a successful takeover of Steak n Shake.
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DINING: Nothing fowl at canal-side newcomer

May 1, 2010
Lou Harry
First in a month-long series of new Broad Ripple restaurant reviews. This week: Flatwater.
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INSIDE DISH: Papa Roux pops after stumbling at the start

April 30, 2010
Mason King
PapaRoux_WatchvideoArt Bouvier fled his corporate IT gig to open a small Cajun place without a business plan or prior restaurant experience. After a number of blunders, Papa Roux looks like it will pan out.
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INSIDE DISH: Mug-n-Bun rides on 50-year formula

April 23, 2010
Mason King
MugnBun_WatchVideoIBJ's new video feature on restaurateurs tries curbside service at Speedway's Mug-n-Bun, unchanged in concept since the 1960s but now sporting subtle tweaks.
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Santorini owner realizes 'American Dream' with national honor

April 21, 2010
Scott Olson
Fountain Square eatery owner Taki Sawi is one of only three restaurant operators to receive an award given by National Restaurant Association every two years.
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INSIDE DISH: Restaurateur rebounds with Pizzology

April 16, 2010
Mason King
Pizzology_WatchVideoAfter a sales slowdown during the recession forced him to close the high-end eatery L'explorateur, Neal Brown mulled a move into Neopolitan-style pizza with friendlier price points. The result—Pizzology Pizzeria & Pub—is off to a profitable start.
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Local Scholars Inn sold, to reopen under new name

April 14, 2010
Scott Olson
The Mass Ave. restaurant is set to become Mesh, which will feature a more casual atmosphere and menu, as well as a new operator who will lease the space from the building's owners.
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INSIDE DISH: Harried chef at R bistro tries to keep it fresh

April 9, 2010
Mason King
InsideDish_Rbistro_WVIn IBJ's new video feature on front-burner business issues that vex restaurants, Regina Mehallick of downtown's R bistro mulls the financial and personal demands of running a chef-owned eatery with a menu that changes every week.
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Bakehouse drives growth for Scholars Inn

March 16, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Bakehouse watch
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                           iconScholars Inn’s growth engine is its wholesale bakery, which distributes granola and other fresh products across state lines thanks to deals with partners like Kroger.
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Tech-savvy Scotty's owner eyes national expansion

February 27, 2010
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Scotty watch videoScott Wise has five Scotty's Brewhouse locations and is set to debut the Scotty's Lakehouse concept Monday. Within 10 years, he'd like to have restaurants in the Southeast and on the West Coast.
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Scotty's owner planning to open microbrewery

February 26, 2010
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Indianapolis restaurateur Scott Wise is moving forward with plans to launch Scotty’s Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co., a microbrewery that will produce craft beer for his eateries and the public. It will share space with another startup craft brewer.
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DINING: Northside Social lives up to its name

February 20, 2010
Lou Harry
Last in our month-long series of reviews of College Avenue eateries. This week: The Northside Social.
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Steak n Shake changing its name, moving HQ to Texas

February 6, 2010
Cory Schouten
Indianapolis is on the verge of losing one of its most prominent public companies. The Steak n Shake Co. is planning to change its name to Biglari Holdings Inc. and move its headquarters to San Antonio. The Steak n Shake restaurant chain would retain a presence in Indianapolis.
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DINING: Exploring a new Broad Ripple "Island"

February 6, 2010
Lou Harry
Second in our month-long series of reviews of College Avenue eateries.
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DINING: Rule-breaker Recess schools Indianapolis diners

January 30, 2010
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Greg Hardesty's new restaurant features an ever-changing menu.
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  1. I still don't understand how the FBI had any right whatsoever to investigate this elderly collector. Before the Antiquities Act it was completely legal to buy, trade or collect Native American artifacts. I used to see arrow heads, axes, bowls, corn grinders at antique shops and flea markets for sale and I bought them myself. But that was in the late 60's and early 70's. And I now know that people used to steal items from sites and sell them. I understand that is illegal. But we used to find arrow heads and even a corn grinder in our back yard when I was a child. And I still have those items today in my small collection.

  2. I lived in California and they had many of the things noted in the proposed suggestions from the "Blue Ribbon Panel". California is near financial collapse now. Let's not turn the great state of Indiana into a third world dump like California.

  3. The temporary closure of BR Avenue will get a lot of attention. But, one thing reported by the IndyStar really stands out to me, and is extraordinarily depressing: “Police also have agreed to crack down on noise violations, traffic violations and public intoxication.” In other words, the police have generously agreed to do their jobs (temporarily, at least), instead of just standing around waiting for someone to call 911. When is someone in this department going to get off their fat arse (looking at you, Chief), get their minds out of 1975-era policing and into 2014, and have his department engage in pro-active work instead of sitting around waiting for someone to be shot? Why in the hell does it take 7 people getting shot in one night in one of the city’s biggest tourist destinations, to convince the police (reluctantly, it would appear) that they actually need to do their f’n jobs? When is the Chief going to realize that there’s a huge, direct, proven correlation between enforcing the law (yes, all laws, especially those affecting quality of life) and preventing larger crimes from occurring? Is it racial BS? Is that what this extraordinary reluctance is all about? Is the department and the city terrified that if they do their jobs, they might offend someone? Whom, exactly? Will the victims of violence, murder, assault, rape, robbery, and theft be offended? Will the citizens who have to tolerate their deteriorating quality of life be offended? Will the businesses who see their customers flee be offended? Or, is it simple ignorance (maybe the Chief hasn’t heard about NYC’s success in fighting crime - it’s only the biggest g*&#am city in the country, after all)? Either way, Chief, if you don’t want to do your job, then step down. Let someone who actually wants the job take it.

  4. I thought Indiana had all the funding it needed for everything. That's why the state lottery and casino gambling were allowed, as the new tax revenue would take care of everything the state wanted to do.The recommendations sound like they came from California. Better think about that. What is the financial condition of that state?

  5. I was a fan of WIBC in the morning, Steve was the only WIBC host that I listened too, he gave the news with so much flare that I enjoyed listening to him on my way to work. Katz is no Steve. Sadly, I will not be listening to WIBC anymore.

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