Local restaurants land at airport

May 29, 2008
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Harry & Izzy’s

Shapiro’sTop-name Indianapolis restaurants including Shapiro's Deli, Harry & Izzy's, Scholar's Inn and Slippery Noodle Inn could land restaurants at the new Indianapolis International Airport terminal, Property Lines has learned. The Airport Authority had aimed to include plenty of local flavor in the new airport's food offerings, and many local eateries jumped at the opportunity. In April, the Authority announced part of the lineup, including Cafe Patachou, 96th Street Steakburgers, King David Dogs and Georgio's Pizza. Visitors also will have a chance to try a famous St. Elmo shrimp cocktail. Harry & Izzy's, the St. Elmo spinoff, will take about 3,000 square feet in the new south concourse, said Craig Huse, a co-owner. "The goal is to have some local flavor at the airport, so visitors in town for a short time can still get a taste of the city," he said. The owner of Scholar's Inn, Lyle Feigenbaum, said his concept was selected. Hal Yeagy, the owner of Slippery Noodle, said he too hopes to open at the airport. Travelers also will be able to try a piled-high corned beef sandwich from Shapiro's, an employee confirmed.

  • That's good news. All the mentioned restaurants will be great representatives of Indy.
  • I'm incredibly impressed with whoever spearheaded the decision to go after local restaurants for the airport.
  • I just added Slippery Noodle Inn to the post. Hal Yeagy, who owns the blues joint with his wife, Carol, confirms he's working out final details on his deal and is pumped about opening at the airport.
  • Wow. This sounds like a slam dunk, home run, and hole in one for the airport. All of the best local establishments being represented in the airport can only be a good thing. And the chain bashers will be happy. I hope.
  • To whoever has concocted and is executing this strategy, I've gotta say, That's using your (slippery) noodle!
  • Wonderful idea! I haven't seen anything like this at other airports... though, thinking on it, it makes perfect sense.

    Kudos to the folks who dreamt this up-
  • This is exceptional news. So many airports are home to a Fridays, Chili's or a simliar chain. Indy will truly set itself apart by showcasing the best of our hometown restaurants. Congratulations to those responsible for executing this concept.
  • Simply amazing. The new airport is unbelieveable. It will make a grand entryway for air travelers to the city. I love our big projects. We did well. Just seeing the Luke coming in home via airplane was breathtaking. The new airport looks state of the art. I just left Laguardia and I believe the local flavor in the airports do set the tone for what you want people to be engaged by in and about town.
  • Wow... I am absolutely amazed by this news. The new airport is going to be packed full of awesome.
  • Great local line up. It is so refreshing to see some originality and local taste in foods, bars and shopping in our new airport.

    Just missing local favorites Corner Wine Bar, Snooty Fox, Bazbeaux Pizza, Rathskeller Restaurant, Don Halls themed Old Gas House or Factory, Brenner Luggage, Steak and Shake, & Deeters.
  • I think the fact that everyone on this board is in agreement shows how good this is. It is good to have a strong Hoosier flavor. Better than having the typical generic wok restaurant, mexican and pseudo sports bars that most airport and mall food courts have.
  • Here are some more local ideas for the airport to consider: Dedicated space for the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association to showoff the best of Indy with brochures, interactive displays and large flat screen TV's showing Seth Hancock's Doing Indy videos, Acapulco Joe's, Hubbard & Cravens Coffee Co., HH Gregg Electronics, Deano's Vino Wine Bar, Barnes & Noble Booksellers (Unaware of local bookstore), Aristocrat Pub & Restaurant, McNamara Florists, Marcos Restaurant, Bubs Burgers and Ice cream.
  • I love this concept.

    I would love to see Yats in there too.
  • Along with the others here, KUDOS. Airports are all so similar these days that this will be a very welcome addition...now if we can just get some more direct flights!

    I am so impressed with the design of this airport. The arts, the design with its huge civic plaza and now the local spin! This airport will truely make an impression on the City. How many times have you said, Well, I have flown there before and been to airport. when talking about a city?

    Can we as a City start using some cutesie expression like IIA or even its call letters, IND instead of always hearing just the airport or Indianapolis International.?
  • Dennis, I for one, wouldn't even want to welcome my worst enemy to Indy with food from Acapulco Joes.
  • Adding Yats is a great idea. A better nickname for the airport is a great idea.

    Adding Acapulco Joes is definitely a bad idea.
  • Haven't eaten at Acapulco Joes recently, but a great story behind the local founder. Feel free to replace with Barcelona Tapas, Iaria's Italian or El Sol De Tala Restaurants.
  • Good call on Iria's. As for Acapulco Joe's, sorry, but it's garbage!
  • This is great news! I'm excited by this idea, finally we can show off some great Indy establishments.

    Acapulco's Joes is a horrible idea, the food is terrible.

    Yats is a great one, but not sure I'd want to eat that and then sit on a plane for a few hours :).
  • Cool cities have an X in their airport abbreviation: LAX, PDX. We need to get us one of them. LOL.
  • Yats is garbage, too. If you want some real NOLA flavor, go see Papa Roux at 10th & Post.
  • This is a good think. But I would like to see NUMBERS on how Meany Travelers venture off the standard Food trail when traveling. There are some. I’m sure... I'm always nervous about trying strange food at Airports. You never know what you’re going to get. And the last thing you need on a 13 hour flight to Hawaii is the green apple squats. Hopefully, they well do well. But I have yet to tried a 50$ per person stake at an airport.

    I wish people would stop Crying about other people's food chose. I'm not you. And never well be. So stop trying to make me just like you.

    And People some times it's not the food. Would Shapiro’s food be the same if you got it from the Freezer section at Kroger? Or would the stakes at St. Elmo be be the same if you got them in the mail. NO.
  • Here goes Bob again. Slow down Bob. The number of typo's you have in your posts is incredible. I will translate again. Just the spelling, there isn't enough time to go through punctuation and such.

    think = thing
    Meany = many
    well = will
    tried = try
    stake = steak
    chose = choice
    stakes = steaks

    By the way. This is one of the best ideas I have heard of in an airport.
  • Kudos to our airport for including original (some local) artwork and now indypendently owned restaurants!

  • I would just like to pimp slap the person who thought it would be a good idea to get Bob a computer and point him to the IBJ boards.... thanks.
  • Ya know, Bob has a point. Although it is iffy to try something new in an airport, travellers often are forced to do so. Once in a great while, the dice turn up snake eyes and the traveller ends up with what Bob describes in his 13-hour scenario. This must be a requirement among airports; that is, to have something that skewers the odds of an eater to eat something good. If so, then we may have no choice but to include Acapulco Joe's at the future Weir Cook Airport.
  • I suspect that there will be enough chain restaurants with standard fare and unique local restraunts to give comfort to leisure travelers with fussy kids, price sensitive budget travelers, people with religious food needs, diners with food and medicine allergies, health food nuts, fast food junkies, and fat people looking for comfort food.
  • So far, the airport has announced a number of restaurants, but is still working out the details with others. The effort to bring in local flavor is indeed impressive. However, None of the places listed above have yet been announced, and it's just about certain that this list is incorrect. So we won't know who's going to be in the airport until the airport tells us.
  • I think we'll hear accurate info. from Cory in advance of airport spoon-feedings.
  • Sorry, Dog Boy. I just put it DOWN sometimes and don't have time to check.” But you get my point I’m very happy about all the local food at the airport. And I'm sure there will be ONE McD's and the other standers. I just don't have time to Hit Harry & Izzy’s or the Scholar’s Inn before my trip to EL Paso at 6 am. Or my 12pm flight back home. And if you take a Date to the Airport for dinner. WELL, I don't think your getting 'SOME LOVIN later that Night. Unless one of you gets HOT at airports. Just remember. NO WIDE STANCE...some other guys don’t like that.
  • Bob, that's news to me but how did YOU know that?
  • Um.


    The personal attacks need to stop.

    Let's critique ideas, not criticize one another.
  • I'm not sold on the architecture of the airport - it seems like a serviceable job, but given the $1 billion price tag and what cities like Madrid have been able to accomplish (Google Barajas Airport - designed by a Pritzker winning architect - the design is the best of any airport I've been in though it is missing local context and the automated baggage handling is slooooooooow).

    However, I have been very impressed with the public art that has been selected. And I'm a tough critic on public art pieces. I think they did a great job with the selections.

    This is another strong decision by the airport board. The local restaurant lineup looks first rate. If these places live up to what they deliver in their non-airport locations, they will more than properly represent the city. What I particularly like is the inclusion of signature places like the Slippery Noodle and Harry and Izzy's (St. Elmo's shrimp cocktail). Even those that don't have a strong dish that screams Indy are very good: Shapiro's, Patachou, Scholar's Inn come to mind here.

    This should be a huge upgrade over the current airport. Very nice job by the management on the public art and restaurant selections.
  • Bob! You are fast becoming my favorite on this board. You make me hahahahaha! Let's party some time? Wanna meet up @ the mug N Bun? :)

    Btw - interesting that Harry & Izzys is now on the list. Brizzi & Ballard in bed together? :eek:
  • I took some friends in from Ft Lauderdale on Saturday to Patachou and they loved it! We went to the one downtown and that place never disappoints! A Patachou at the airport would be great breakfast food for travelers!
  • Mmmmm... Patachou Omelettes.

  • I can't believe we have missed the obvious here......White Castle! For all of those transplanted midwesterners that are passing thru and want a slider to go.............

    Just ask the limo drivers during race time, where is the first stop they make......the ole aluminum room.

    It's what you crave!
  • Folks, so far there are 8 restaurants (not to mention all the suggestions) and only 4 of them could be considered carry-around food.

    With all the flight cutbacks and INX no longer a hub or having direct flights, just who is going to eat at all these places? Then they will close and once again, Indy will be marked as not being able to support it's local businesses.

    Maybe a better idea is to make INX a local destination dining experience - the Airport Authority needs to have Local parking for a really small charge (your dinner ticket would validate the discount). Maybe I am dating myself, but airports used to be local destinations for eating (Stapleton had the best taco salad around and we would plan our flights around dinner at the airport).

    Haven't quite thought through the security issues here, but sure don't want to see a good idea go down in flames because of over-doing it.

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