L'explorateur, Scotty's & Tango

May 27, 2008
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I've got a couple of downtown restaurant nuggets. But first, mark your calendars: The summer edition of Devour Downtown starts Monday. Enjoy a special $30 menu at many of downtown's top eateries for two weeks. Bon appetit!


L’ExAn appetizing restaurant site
Chef Neal Brown still is looking around downtown for a place to move his popular L’explorateur restaurant. He's working on a letter-of-intent for his top choice: 111 S. Meridian St., the former home of Brenner Luggage (shown here via Google StreetView). The building has condos upstairs, including one owned by Peyton Manning. If Brown and building owner Rick Coombes can reach terms, L'explorateur would move from Broad Ripple.


Jefferson PlazaGreat Scotty's!
Restaurant entrepreneur Scotty Wise is betting big that downtown is ready for his college-town institution. Very big. A Scotty's proposed for the revamped Jefferson Plaza along Pennsylvania Street calls for 200 outdoor and 300 indoor seats. Wise said he hopes to build a fire pit and a permanent outdoor bar if he can win city approval. He hopes to open in December.


Taste of TangoSave the last dance
Local real estate broker Fabricio Perez hasn't given up on his dream to open an Argentinian restaurant called Taste of Tango at 36 E. Washington St. He had hoped to open last summer, but Perez said trouble financing other projects diverted his attention. He put the property up for sale in hopes of leasing back the restaurant space but has since taken the 1882 building off the market. Perez has no target date for opening.

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  • Very Very excited for Scotty's. I have mentioned to many of my friends the intent of them opening downtown and all of my friends and co-workers are excited, and ready. Having a larger place for outdoor seating will be very nice downtown. Especially if it attract that amount of foot traffic to that side of town. That will bode well for any development done at MSA including a proposed Target if they are still interested. Go Scotty Wise!
  • A shame about him selling the Washington St. building to move to the Market area. Those vacant lots right across from IBJ are going to sit there for a little while longer I guess...
  • Go Scotty's! It is very refreshing to have a restaurant like Scotty's in Indy, it has a lot of different well priced drinks, flat screens at every view, but his food always hits the spot. I wish more menus were as wide as Scotty's but I bet the food wouldn't be as good.

    Whoever Scott is......congrats, I finally found a place worth bragging about. Keep up the great service and I hope to see 5 more in Indy.
  • Great location for L’explorateur. It will be good to see another locally-owned restaurant in the downtown core. By the way, is Scotty's an upscale sports bar?
  • I didn't know Peyton also had a condo downtown. Does he still own a house in the Williams Creek area?
  • Fridays is closed, they started cleaning the place out, and the hotel on Memorial Day. Any word on them moving to another location? And when is Dunkin Donuts opening? The tile work is done and they have been working thil about 9pm at night. Any word what might replace the chili joint next to Houlihans downtown, that place has been vacant for awhile and it is a great location for convention people.
  • Kevin: Scotty's is your typical college-town bar/restaurant... though the food quality and selection is probably a cut above the norm. Think Moe & Johnny's (Scotty's) vs. Friday's (the norm).

    Maria: Manning still owns a home just east of Butler University.
  • Kevin, It's Scotty's Brewhouse http://www.scottysbrewhouse.com/
  • Great restaurant news. Downtown's dining scene is making HUGE strides with so many locally-ownder eateries poping up! We are always going to have a lot of chains around CC and the Convention Centre as they are all about name recognition. HOWEVER, its great that a lot of the chains we do have are unique to Central Indiana.
  • Will any of the outdoor seating for Scotty's encroach into the sidewalk and public right of way? or will it all be in the plaza?
  • From what I have heard the Scotty's dining will be contained in the plaza, for 200+ seats it should be in the plaza. The food can be expensive, most entree items are 9-12 dollars, so in par with other restaraunts downtown, but a more inviting atmosphere than say a Champps. And the food is well worth the price. They also have some good Sweet Tea.

    TGIF is not relocating or moving. They are going to remain closed until the major construction is done. I asked about them moving and they said no. In fact they stopped ordering and refilling alcohol about a month ago.

    Peyton I heard also owns a Condo in the Conrad. This has been rumored to be used by his family since they are around for almost every home game.
  • I heard on the news this morning that TGIF was talking to the Marriott people about going into one of the smaller hotels that is being built on west washington street.

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  1. I had read earlier this spring that Noodles & Co was going to open in the Fishers Marketplace (which is SR 37 and 131st St, not 141st St, just FYI). Any word on that? Also, do you happen to know what is being built in Carmel at Pennsylvania and Old Meridian? May just be an office building but I'm not sure.

  2. I'm sorry, but you are flat out wrong. There are few tracks in the world with the history of IMS and probably NO OTHER as widely known and recognized. I don't care what you think about the stat of Indy Car racing, these are pretty hard things to dispute.

  3. Also wondering if there is an update on the Brockway Pub-Danny Boy restaurant/taproom that was planned for the village as well?

  4. Why does the majority get to trample on the rights of the minority? You do realize that banning gay marriage does not rid the world of gay people, right? They are still going to be around and they are still going to continue to exist. The best way to get it all out of the spotlight? LEGALIZE IT! If gay marriage is legal, they will get to stop trying to push for it and you will get to stop seeing it all over the news. Why do Christians get to decide what is moral?? Why do you get to push your religion on others? How would legalizing gay marriage expose their lifestyle to your children? By the way, their lifestyle is going to continue whether gay marriage is legalized or not. It's been legal in Canada for quite a while now and they seem to be doing just fine. What about actual rules handed down by God? What about not working on Sundays? What about obeying your parents? What about adultery? These are in the 10 Commandments, the most important of God's rules. Yet they are all perfectly legal. What about divorce? Only God is allowed to dissolve a marriage so why don't you work hard to get divorce banned? Why do you get to pick and choose the parts of the Bible you care about?

  5. Look at the bright side. With the new Lowe's call center, that means 1000 jobs at $10 bucks an hour. IMS has to be drooling over all that disposable income. If those employees can save all their extra money after bills, in five years they can go to the race LIVE. Can you say attendance boost?

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