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Fletcher Place gains destination status

July 12, 2014
Scott Olson
Fletcher Place on the southeastern edge of downtown for years served as little more than a pass-through for folks traveling between downtown and Fountain Square. But the triangle-shaped historic neighborhood is starting to carve out its own identity by drawing more residents and visitors to patronize the restaurants and drinking establishments sprouting along Virginia Avenue.
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DINING: Pub brings Irish fare to Mass Ave

July 5, 2014
Lou Harry
Nine Irish Brothers brings bangers and mash to Mass Ave. New pub also features live music.
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MCL stays fresh as cafeteria rivals slide into decline

June 14, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The company that Charles O. McGaughey and his partner, George Laughner, started in 1950 has outlived thousands of Indiana restaurants—chains and mom-and-pops alike—and remained profitable through the changing tastes and trends of seven decades.
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Former restaurateur Peter George partnering on small new eatery

June 7, 2014
Scott Olson
George, 60, is targeting an August opening for Tinker Street, a chef-driven and plant-based concept he’s launching with business partner Thomas Main, 56, who also has a restaurant background.
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Landmark restaurant nears reopening after fire

April 17, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Donna Tracy said her family is on schedule to reopen the Bluebird Restaurant in the Shelby County town of Morristown on April 28.
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DINING: Is Fogo too expensive for you? Meet—or meat—Tucanos

March 29, 2014
Lou Harry
Your feelings toward Tucanos Brazilian Grill in Noblesville are likely to be influenced strongly by whether you’ve dined at Fogo de Chao in downtown Indy.
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Circle Centre nears deals for Burger Palace, Yard House, LA Fitness

January 3, 2014
Scott Olson
Three prominent restaurant chains, including one developed by Bobby Flay, and a health club franchise are eying the vacant space formerly occupied by Nordstrom in Circle Centre.
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DINING: Name change leads to discovery of healthy Asian eatery

November 16, 2013
Lou Harry
Pho 54 is the new name on the sign of this Vietnamese/Chinese restaurant. Third in a series of full-flavored dining reviews.
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LOU'S VIEWS/DINING: Studio Movie Grill makes reel changes to moviegoing experience

October 26, 2013
Lou Harry
Since it’s selling itself as both an entertainment venue and a dining spot, I thought I’d take its lead and combine my A&E and dining columns this week.
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DINING: La Dolce Chipotle? Piada gives burritos an Italian twist

October 5, 2013
Lou Harry
The Columbus-based chain stakes a claim in Central Indiana. First in a month-long series of reviews of restaurants in recently rehabbed spaces.
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DINING: Rook doesn’t go by the book

June 29, 2013
Lou Harry
First in a month-long series of game-piece restaurant reviews.
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Colts-themed restaurant could reopen with Irsay's aid

May 3, 2013
Scott Olson
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has pledged to throw the owner of the Blue Crew Sports Grill a lifeline by paying his rent until the football season starts in September.
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DINING: Tortilla reform on Mass Ave

March 30, 2013
Lou Harry
First in a month-long series of food-and-a-drink eatery reviews.
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DINING: 1913 yields pickled pleasures

March 2, 2013
Lou Harry
First in a month-long series of farm-to-table restaurant reviews.
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DINING: New joint has burgers in the bag

February 2, 2013
Lou Harry

First in a month-long series of “possessive men” restaurants.

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New restaurants: Upland in Carmel, Lincoln Square downtownRestricted Content

January 26, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Old Carolina Barbecue also announces expansion to Indianapolis market.
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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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Noble Roman's takes on take-and-bake formatRestricted Content

September 22, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Noble Roman’s Inc. has baked up an idea to expand its franchising opportunities nationwide and dramatically increase revenue. The Indianapolis-based pizza company is rolling out plans for a stand-alone, take-and-bake concept designed to rival Papa Murphy’s.
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DINING: The Moroccan, the merrier at new Broad Ripple sandwichery

June 30, 2012
Lou Harry
First in a month-long series of “Grill” restaurants.
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DINING: Tin Roof raises expectations

June 2, 2012
Lou Harry
When is bar food not bar food? First in a month-long series of new-in-the-neighborhood restaurant reviews.
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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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