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INSIDE DISH: Pizzeria novices hit their stride, watch sales rise

August 26, 2011
Mason King
Dish_Brozinni_watchvideoThe duo behind Brozinni Pizzeria in Greenwood didn't know much about dough in the beginning, but they're making a lot of it now.
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Fire heavily damages Aristocrat restaurant

August 25, 2011
The restaurant at 5212 N. College Ave. sustained $1.5 million in damage. Firefighters were called to the two-story, 6,000-square-foot building early Thursday morning.
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Super Bowl party space scramble begins

August 20, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Owners and operators of Indianapolis meeting venues are in the midst of a high-stakes game of musical chairs. The winners will land the biggest parties and events affiliated with Super Bowl XLVI.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Fast-food guru digs philanthropy

August 17, 2011
Mason King
LQ Brown watch vidfeoWhat formative experience helped inspire a Taco Bell franchisee to donate well over $1 million to youth charities? What was his biggest bonehead mistake in business? Charlie Brown has answers.
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INSIDE DISH: Carmel Cajun eatery Mudbugs turns corner

August 12, 2011
Mason King
Dish_Mudbugs_watch_videoAfter a shaky start, ownership shakeup and puzzled looks from potential patrons, Belinda and Roy LeBlanc have turned their homegrown oasis for Louisiana cuisine into a profitable venture.
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DINING: Take your pick(les) of interesting choices at Black Market

July 30, 2011
Lou Harry
First in a month-long series of reviews of new arts district eateries.
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INSIDE DISH: 'Edibles' team returns with moveable feast

July 29, 2011
Mason King
Dish_Duos_WatchVideoBecky Hostetter and her husband, David, are applying lessons learned from the implosion of Essential Edibles to their new health-conscious food trailer, Duos.
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A few restaurants close as other eateries, retailers plan growthRestricted Content

July 23, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Among the casualties is the downtown restaurant Hue and Carmel's The Glass Chimney. El Rodeo, Eggshell Bistro and Hotcakes Emporium are among those opening locations in the area.
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Chefs become teachers as appetite grows for fresh, homemade mealsRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
Maria LaMagna
Locally and nationwide, interest in live cooking classes taught by chefs has grown. Many such classes have abandoned a traditional in-kitchen experience, opting instead for “destination” demonstrations featuring local ingredients.
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Jillian’s set to vacate ground floor of downtown building

July 15, 2011
Scott Olson
An unidentified restaurant and bar is set to sign a lease by Sept. 1 to assume the Meridian Street space Jillian's has agreed to relinquish as part of a lease dispute with its landlord. The entertainment complex will continue to operate on the second and third floors.
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INSIDE DISH: Meat-and-potatoes Murphy's makes subtle updates

July 15, 2011
Mason King
Dish_Murphys_watchvideoMurphy's Steakhouse may seem frozen in time, but owner Craig Stonebraker has expanded its footprint, revamped its menu and prepared for exterior upgrades.
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Downtown garden growing more than food

July 7, 2011
Andrew Smith
Now in its second year, the Wishard Slow Food Garden grows produce for local markets, restaurants and residents alike. And from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursdays, consumers can sample some of the harvest as the Duos Indy Mobile Kitchen sets up shop a few steps away.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Conrad's top chef rustles up advice

July 6, 2011
Mason King
LQ_Matiya_WatchVideoDo you need a culinary degree to be an executive chef? How do you serve hundreds at a time? What's the difference between cooking for Hoosiers and Floridians? Michelle Matiya boils it down.
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Will Biglari use Steak n Shake playbook at Cracker Barrel?Restricted Content

July 2, 2011
Greg Andrews
Biglari Holdings began scarfing up Cracker Barrel shares in March and now has amassed a 9.8-percent stake worth $109 million.
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M&I Plaza revamping entry, lands King David and Main Street Deli as tenantsRestricted Content

July 2, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The main entrance is getting a $1 million makeover as the 28-story building prepares to welcome two new restaurant tenants.
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INSIDE DISH: King David Dogs nabs bigger digs

July 1, 2011
Mason King
Dish_KingDavid_WatchVideoThinking his emporium for all-beef franks has maxed out its sales potential, Brent Joseph cut a deal to relocate to an epicenter for downtown office complexes and triple seating.
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Indy taco-truck business rolling into other cities

June 20, 2011
Scott Olson
West Coast Tacos, which led a mobile culinary trend in Indianapolis last summer, plans to expand into Carmel and Fishers, as well as Bloomington and West Lafayette, in the next few months.
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IHOP adding several restaurantsRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The chain is trying to regain a foothold in central Indiana with two locations under construction and at least three more in the works.
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INSIDE DISH: Italian eatery tables expansion amid downturn

June 17, 2011
Mason King
Dish_Augustinos_WatchVideoAaron O'Mara, co-owner of Augustino's, expected to open several locales until the economic downturn and a dip in sales scuttled those plans. Now he hopes to hold the line.
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Inaugural Chowdown Midtown event set for launch

June 6, 2011
Scott Olson
Mirroring the popular Devour Downtown event, Chowdown Midtown features 34 restaurants in the Broad Ripple area offering specific menu options for the set price of $30. The event runs through June 16.
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INSIDE DISH: Mexican mainstay puts second spot on front burner

May 27, 2011
Mason King
LaMarg_WatchVideoAfter 25 years at La Margarita, stabilizing sales and surviving family tragedy, owner Lori Rangel-Grubbs is branching out to Fountain Square.
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City Market set to oust 19-year tenant Enzo Pizza

May 25, 2011
Scott Olson
Directors of the historic building have notified the pizza restaurant that it needs to have its equipment removed by the end of the day on Friday after the two sides could not agree on a new lease.
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Frozen yogurt hot item on local retail sceneRestricted Content

May 21, 2011
Marc D. Allan
Frozen yogurt businesses are sprouting up all over the Indianapolis area, with owners hoping to cash in on the public’s appetite for what they perceive as a healthy treat.
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INSIDE DISH: Monon restaurant gets lesson in shifting gears

May 13, 2011
Mason King
Dish_monon_watch_videoTim Williams learned to make big changes on the fly during the first year of his fledgling Broad Ripple eatery, including scrapping counter service, adding a wait staff and revamping the menu.
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Busy chef plans new downtown Indianapolis restaurant

May 7, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Owner of Pizzology in Carmel to introduce new concept in East Washington Street space.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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