Nia's Deli and 97th Landing

March 31, 2009
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38 E. Washington St.
  • A new lunch spot called Nia's Deli is on track to open next week in a building at 38 E. Washington St. (shown here) that burned in 2007. The space also will feature a convenience store with bottled drinks, snacks and toiletries. The restaurant is named after the owner's seven-year-old daughter.

  • A former Bennigan's restaurant in Fishers that changed to Hot Shotz has a new name again. The 2,600-square-foot restaurant attached to the Holiday Inn along I-69 now is known as 97th Landing. The owner and chef still is Robert Winckler, but the restaurant now features hand-cut steaks and seafood in addition to smoked wings & ribs, along with a Friday seafood and prime rib buffet and a $5.99 lunch menu.

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    • Cory,

      I saw some men looking around the old Gabriel's Cafe in the Chamber of Commerce building. Any news if something new is going in that spot?
    • Well that's two vacant store fronts gone (first taste of tango and now Nia). Hopefully this can be sustained and the other blight gets filled in.
    • Yay to the Deli!
    • The independent convenience type store and deli is something that is desperately needed downtown. Good luck to both stores! :)
    • I am glad that business is slowly coming into that side of Washington. I would like to see the owners of those buildings fix the facades. The one that Nia's is going into would look good restored to its 1950's look. The Taste of Tango building needs it's 1800's look redone. The others could be restored to their original look, but not sure if that is feasible.
    • I was peeking in the windows of this place on Friday and it looks nice inside.
    • I'm glad to see 'any' positive commercial movement in the old city limits. Unfortunately, most new this/that come from places like the former Bennigans up in Fishers, Carmel, Greenwood. Think on this. Outside of downtown, the ONLY INDIANAPOLIS upscale retail left in the city limits is in Castleton. City-County folks are way over due in enticing retail developers, large and small. For instance; Five year abatement for any/all approved development from Alabama east to Rural along Washington Steet. (6/22/09 Dow 4880)
    • I noticed work in the building next to Nia's yesterday. Any idea what is going on there?
    • I noticed work going on there as well; curious....
    • I would say that Keystone has market on upscale retail in Indianapolis.......not Castleton.
    • If you are wanting to consider retail on the scale of Castleton, isn't the Trader's Point area on NW side in Marion County? Keystone is definitely more upscale than Castleton.
    • Ate at the 97th Landing with my wife and children last Friday night. Food was GREAT & beer selections incredible. My wife and I had the lobster & with shrimp scampi. Moreover, they're promoting kids eat free off the kids menu...We'll be back. Thanks for the info
    • 97th landing seems to be closed. there is a sign on the door stating that it is closed for remodel to become a banquet center for the hotel across the street.

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    1. The east side does have potential...and I have always thought Washington Scare should become an outlet mall. Anyone remember how popular Eastgate was? Well, Indy has no outlet malls, we have to go to Edinburgh for the deep discounts and I don't understand why. Jim is right. We need a few good eastsiders interested in actually making some noise and trying to change the commerce, culture and stereotypes of the East side. Irvington is very progressive and making great strides, why can't the far east side ride on their coat tails to make some changes?

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    4. Please go back re-read your economics text book and the fine print on the February 2014 CBO report. A minimum wage increase has never resulted in a net job loss...

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