Nightclub eyes Union Station

September 18, 2007
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Union StationThe city has reached a preliminary agreement to lease 12,600 square feet in the basement of Union Station for a new restaurant and nightclub. The lease is with The Arantee Group, one of the owners of 6 Lounge & Restaurant on Meridian Street. The new club would take space in the basement of Union Station along Illinois Street. The space, last occupied by Iron Horse, has been vacant 12 years, said Mary Hauser, an asset manager with Browning Investments. Browning is the listing agent and property manager for the 231,000-square-foot Union Station, which is now 95 percent occupied. The preliminary deal calls for up to $300,000 in landlord improvements and a 10-year lease that averages $10.30 per square foot.

Elsewhere at Union Station: The largest space still available in Union Station is the former home of El Sol restaurant. That lease was terminated in April. Several restaurants are interested in the space, but the high cost of renovation has slowed progress, Hauser said.

  • I was thinking about US not too long ago, remembering how enjoyable a venue it had been in the past.

    Is anyone able to list all of the current tenants? I'd be interested in knowing.
  • It is kind of sad that El Sol couldn't have hung on, with a nightclub going in underneath it, maybe it would have helped with its traffic problem.

    As for who is in Union Station, it is mostly offices at the moment: Bands of America/Music for All headquarters, The Pacer's Academy charter school, the Mexican Consulate and the Grand Hall is a catering and meeting space. I am sure there are a couple others there, but I'm not able to recall at the moment.

    I consider it a giant waste really. I know Circle Center really zapped what was left of its retail life, but with the progression South of the downtown rejuvenation, it would be nice if Union Station could be used for something else other than a conference center.
  • I'm pretty sure A2SO4 Architects are still there.
  • How can the city do another lease with a bar use and offer $300,000, when they never lived up to the lease they signed with Brother's Bar and grill last year. Do we really want a college age bar in an area that is being redeveloped with condos, apartments and more upscale venues??
  • If city leaders, council members, and the state legislature, got their head out of their *sses, we could eliminate all local income taxes and turn downtown into a place robust with activity. How? install two casinos in US. This could happen if everyone quit thinking about the next election and increased crime. H*ll, we already have crime. Why hasn't the IBJ addressed this question? Why hasn't the IBJ run a single story asking why we don't have casinos in Indy?
  • I was going to mention a casino, but I didn't want discussion of the pros and cons of that to hijack the conversation on this.

    I think a casino would be a fantastic edition, tough I'm not sure why you need two. Unfortunately, the bible beaters will never allow it to happen. I mean heck, they still had to build a weird little moat near the French Lick casino so it could be considered a boat...though everyone with two brain cells knows that it is not. A casino isn't going to least not as long as the Legislature is so backwards.
  • Well, atleast casinos don't have to be on Indian Reservations here. I mean up here in Michigan one cant even own a casino if they are not Native American! Is that backwards or not?
  • Cool. More bars!
  • 'Bout time it gets filled up! Looking forward to it!
  • I'd rather not get into a conversation about Indiana casinos, but if we must discuss the topic, there should never be a casino in downtown Indy. Regardless the financial merits of cainos, they attract an aspect of society that I don't think we need to bring to downtown.
  • Forget Indianapolis Casinos.

    We already have off track betting, lottery, non-profit bingo and cards without including the illegial pea shakes and poker houses.

    The expansion at the horse tracks was stupid enough.
  • Didn't the city get rid of the Ugly Monkey bar in Union Station a couple of years ago because they found it offensive?

    Why spend another $300,000 of taxpayer money to put this new bar next to the Pacers Academy School?
  • Dare I ask, who is behind this new bar?
  • Well, if 6 lounge is any indication of the owners intent, this bar is going to be a zillion times more upscale than the Ugly Monkey. I bet there won't be a surly little person employed there for the entertainment of frat boys.
  • 6 lounge?

    Sure doesn't look Frat Boy to me. More like posers. I like this entry:

    [quote]Damn. I'm mdeling in the Bahamas. Maybe next time Ravi. [/quote]

    These places come and go so quick its not even funny. Anybody remember the old Lauderdales that was at Keystone Xing or Downtown? Pure cheese and layers of posers. Speaking of cheesy fly by nightclubs, I hear that 7 in BR is looking to close soon.
  • Da Hooey, I understand Ravi is one of the owners.
  • So, the Star is reporting that this is going to be a private facility, that probably won't be open to the public. What's up with that? A private nightclub? Are we talking Club Industry? The Unicorn?
  • It's the I'm mdeling in the Bahamas line that I was popinting out....I mean, it doesn;t get more Poser McPoser than THAT! OMG!!!

    Hey, good on the Ravi person for taking these cheeseball's money every night.

    'Scuse me while I get over to The Buckle for some trendy new hip clothes!

    Love the blog and forum Cory! :)
  • DJ: The proposal calls for a nightclub that would be open a few days a week and could be rented out at other times for special events.
  • Oh. I guess everyone would rather have a go-cart track than lavish casinos. Typical Indiana mentality. I see this as just another bar that will last a few months and then the vacancy will be there again.
    CorrND, we already have an aspect of society that we don't desire downtown. This excuse is old. The expansion at horse tracks was stupid, but their only salvation. At least casinos would re-furbish and maintain US. I agree with Landry, why hasn't the IBJ laid out the pros and cons of casinos in downtown? Lead the community boys. Don't just report the bad news.
  • ken -- I'd be curious to see your list of the pro's of casinos. The only justification given in that IBJ article is funding government, which is a horrible reason to build a casino.
  • No more bars catering to the TIKI BOB - HAVE A NICE DAY crowd. PRETTY PLEASE!
  • My applogies Cory. Nice article. Nice job IBJ.
  • When will we get some variety of entertainment choices downtown instead of just another nightclub identical to all the rest. Is there anyone out there with a shred of creativity?
  • what types/kinds of entertainment choices are you looking for citylurker?
  • How about something like the old Hollywood Bar & Filmworks?
  • thundermutt, i'd love to have Hollywood Bar & Filmworks back, as long as their grumpy, whiny owner doesn't come back.
  • Hahaha, nice Sara! His diatribe blaming some parking conspiracy for his failed business was priceless.

    I really do miss Filmworks, though. That's the only place I went to see movies for a long time. Going back to regular theaters sucks.
  • Yeah, I remember Lauderdales; thanks for bringing
    back some fond and not so fond memories.

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