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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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Ritter's buyer embarking on custard chain turnaround

May 12, 2010
Scott Olson
After purchasing the Franklin-based company two years ago, TruFoods says it now is positioned to seek franchisees in an attempt to grow the Ritter's chain to 100 locations within five years.
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Cabela's revs up expansion, but leaves Greenwood off list

May 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Nebraska-based outdoor retailer plans to open new stores again after a two-year, recession-induced halt on expansion. But the company is not reviving its plan for the 96-acre plot it owns in Greenwood.
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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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Noble Roman's reports lower profit, revenue

May 7, 2010
Indianapolis-based pizza and sub chain saw a decline in royalties and ongoing fees from franchisees in the first quarter.
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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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All Things Automotive aims for national reach, 20 stores by year-endRestricted Content

May 1, 2010
Chris O'Malley
GM's axing of its Saturn brand may fuel the nationwide emergence of an Indianapolis-based used-car franchisor. The first All Things Automotive franchise will open this month in Fishers, at the former Saturn store owned by Lockhart Automotive Group.
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Entrepreneurial couples banking on demand for art

May 1, 2010
 IBJ Staff
One art-collecting couple has opened a fine-art gallery in Zionsville, while the founder of a contemporary craft show is planning a boutique in Irvington.
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Work begins on Penn Arts apartment, retail project

May 1, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Renovation work finally has begun on the building at 16th and Pennsylvania streets. Developer Christopher Piazza found two equity partners for the project because banks were unwilling to lend.
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Simon Property cooperating With FTC on Prime Outlets inquiry

April 30, 2010
Bloomberg News
Some retail tenants of outlet malls are concerned about Simon gaining too much market power should its acquisition of Prime Outlets be approved.
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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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Many retail locations plagued by vacanciesRestricted Content

April 24, 2010
Scott Olson
Vacancy rates unseen in 20 years are hampering efforts by developers.
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With five new acquisitions, Skillman builds car-lot dynastyRestricted Content

April 24, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Ray Skillman bought five car lots in the last 12 months from other dealers who have struggled during the recession. Skillman now ranks among the five largest dealers in the area, and his chain is poised for even more growth.
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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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Biglari's comparisons to Buffett debatedRestricted Content

April 17, 2010
Cory Schouten
Sardar Biglari has copied some of the trademarks of his investing idol, Warren Buffett, including a folksy annual letter to shareholders. But Biglari is just starting his career and already is showing signs of taking a different approach than that of the Oracle of Omaha.
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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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Simon Property Group cranks up bid for General Growth

April 14, 2010
Simon Property Group upped its offer for rival General Growth Properties Inc., pledging to invest $2.5 billion in a reorganization and match the terms of a bankruptcy exit plan led by Brookfield Asset Management Inc.
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Report: Simon may drop General Growth bid

April 12, 2010
Bloomberg News
Shares in General Growth Properties Inc., the second-biggest U.S. mall owner, fell as much as 6.7 percent Monday morning after a newsletter report that Simon Property Group Inc. may abandon a takeover bid for its smaller rival.
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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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Steak n Shake unveils new restaurant prototype

April 9, 2010
Cory Schouten
The company now known as Biglari Holdings Inc. on Thursday unveiled a new prototype for future Steak n Shake restaurants. CEO Sardar Biglari said the goal is to open about 1,500 new franchise locations in the coming years.
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UPDATE: Steak n Shake shareholders OK name change

April 8, 2010
Cory Schouten
Steak n Shake Co. shareholders on Thursday approved changing the parent company’s name to Biglari Holdings Inc. Shares begin trading under the new name on Friday.
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Steak n Shake CEO woos investors in New York City

April 8, 2010
Cory Schouten
Steak n Shake Co. doesn't operate a single restaurant in New York City, where it is hosting its annual meeting Thursday. But the world financial capital is chock full of high-profile investors intrigued by Steak n Shake CEO Sardar Biglari's plans to harvest cash from the 485-location restaurant chain and deploy it on other investments.
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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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