Roundup: Tasty plans for Carmel's Main Street, plus doughnuts and more

April 9, 2014
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A vacant Main Street storefront in Carmel’s Arts & Design District is set to be transformed into the tasting room for Napa Valley winery with local ties.

Peace Water Winery Tasting Room is the brainchild of Noblesville resident Scott Burton, who came up with the idea while visiting California wine country with his wife.

Burton experimented with retirement after selling an unrelated business, he told the Carmel Plan Commission last month, then found a new calling in Napa. Peace Water will make and bottle its wine in California, and ship the finished product to Carmel.

The startup winery will operate on a “philanthropy-based model,” he told commissioners, donating profits to local and international charities. Its tag line: One bottle does a world of good.

Peace Water’s Carmel tasting room will be located at 37 W. Main St., in space that once housed a boutique called Chaos.

The Carmel Redevelopment Commission acquired the building in 2009 for about $400,000 and planned to redevelop the site. But this summer, it traded the property for a surface parking lot south of Main Street near Range Line Road.

Burton said he is in the process of buying the building and plans to improve access from the rear parking lot, which CRC controls.

“I’d love to do something much more extensive back there,” he said, mentioning the possibility of outdoor seating.

Peace Water also will have café tables set up on the sidewalk out front, he said.

The Plan Commission approved Burton’s plans for façade improvements and exterior signage in March.

Commissioner Brad Grabow called the project “a great addition to this block of Main Street, which it sorely needs.”

In other area retail news:

-- The owner of Thai Orchid restaurant is planning a Carmel outpost at 110 W. Main St., Suite 140. Pad Thai will occupy about 1,200 square feet of ground-floor space overlooking Second Avenue. Parking is available in Sophia Square’s underground parking garage.

-- New Castle favorite Jack’s Donuts likewise is adding a location in Carmel, remodeling space at 516 E. Carmel Drive, near AAA Way. Jack’s also peddles its sweet treats at a shop on 131st Street in Fishers’ Saxony neighborhood.

-- Construction continues at Fishers Marketplace, a mixed-use project at 131st Street and State Road 37 anchored by a Walmart Neighborhood Market. Among the projects in the works: a 4,700-square-foot building for Bagger Dave’s Legendary Burger Tavern and a 3,200-square-foot Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen.

-- Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt is taking space in the multi-tenant building that replaced a stand-alone Pizza Hut on Allisonville Road in Fishers earlier this year. The pizza purveyor still offers carry-out and delivery service there. Other tenants include Verizon Wireless.

-- Hot Box Pizza, meanwhile, is opening an outlet in a strip center at 14300 Mundy Drive in Noblesville.

-- Perkins Restaurant & Bakery is planning a location near Hamilton Town Center at Interstate 69 and Campus Parkway. The 4,800-square-foot chain restaurant will be located at 13316 Tegler Drive.

-- Kid-centric chains Dairy Queen and McDonald’s are setting up shop near the southern entrance to Westfield’s new youth-oriented Grand Park Sports Campus. Dairy Queen is planning a 5,000-square-foot building at 940 Tournament Trail—off State Road 32 just east of Wheeler Road—McDonald’s is working on 4,600 square feet at 945 Tournament Trail.

  • McDonalds, really??
    Presumably the "youth oriented" sports campus will geared towards getting kids off their duffs and providing an outlet for physical activity. So WHY allow a frickin McDonalds to go in right next to it?? Any calories a kid burns will be negated and then some by the high calorie and high fat food they will eat at McDonalds afterwards!
    • Yeah McDonald's
      Kelly - the kids that are using the park run their duffs off. They can eat all the McDonald's Big Macs they want and still not be affected. Not all kids need to get up and get moving. These kids already got that plan going - they need quick food - and if it happens to be crappy - then so be it. McD's has healthy options just the same.
      • Perkins on Tegler Dr.
        FINALLY, after almost 7 years we're getting a full serve breakfast, lunch and dinner restaurant near Hamilton Town Center! Thank you Perkins!
      • Jacks gets it
        Good for Jacks, not buying into the city center drivel. Locating in a place with convenient parking right outside their door. Now just make sure everyone knows you are there! There are good retail locations available all over, without having to park in a parking garage!
      • Health?
        Uhhhh, using the words "healthy options" and McDonald's in the same sentence is ridiculous. Active kids, sports minded---there should be some nutrition training going on as well. Maybe Camel cigarettes can sponsor the Olympics...
        • Agreed
          That's exactly what I thought, Kelly. And @Westfield Rocks, "running their duffs off" doesn't negate the absolute crap they're ingesting. But "so be it", right? These children are young athletes. Fueling their bodies with crap from McDonald's (or DQ, BK, KFC, etc.) isn't healthy, period. And they just have to set up RIGHT outside a youth sports venue. Money money money. That's all that matters. And healthy options? Are you serious? The packaged apples at McD's are full of preservatives, salads often have more calories than a burger (dressings), and the yogurt/fruit parfait and oatmeal breakfast options are so loaded with sugar. Pre-packaged, highly processed food is not a "healthy option". Sorry, it just bothers me that this is our misguided attitude on food. And we're passing it down to yet another generation.
        • Healthier is really just Less Unhealthy
          I guess it's a good thing that some folks gravitate toward the "healthy" items on a McDonald's menu. They are better than the other offerings there. But the fact remains, as you point out, that NOTHING on the McDonald's menu, except the bottled water, truly is healthy! I'll support anyone's efforts to be and eat heathiER. But one shouldn't confuse those options with what is really healthy. Vlawhead, thank you for setting a good example in your cafe!! That said, Kelly, it's not Westfield's job to say only healthy businesses and not unhealthy ones are welcome to invest in the community. I'll simply choose not spend money at the unhealthy ones, wherever they build.
        • love the park
          Obviously a lot of people do not understand the Grand Park and what Mr. Wheeler has created for all of Westfiel,and Hamilton County. If you do not like fast food that is your choice but when people from all over the United States are in Westfield PLEASE do not act like central Indiana Hicks ! Westfield is so lucky to be getting this magnificent facility please forget about the franchises that follow. Do not eat there if you choose but be thankful for what Mr. Wheeler has created for your city.
        • Can't Play Away Big Macs
          @Westfield Rocks - If you think burning calories totally negates the effects of Big Macs, you need to study nutrition a little bit more. You can't eat garbage and simply exercise it away. There is a lot of ingredients that do damage by simply being ingested. I'm appalled that these are going to be food options next to such a beautiful facility that promotes activity and competition. That's America!
        • agree
          Yes, I agree. Though they ARE exercising alot at this still doesn't negate the fact that you'll be filling your children with all of these additives, preservatives, and chemicals that are in these foods. While yes, it's easier and the fat content may not matter after they burn off all of the still isn't healthy. We already have so many problems with cancer and other illnesses that are probably coming from foods such as this, why would you want that for your child in their future? Besides, the better the food you put in them, the better they will feel and perform. I used to eat fast food (not on a regular basis, but more often than now) and after stopping and eating healthier, I can tell a difference in how I feel after eating fast food again - like absolute crap. So I just hope that the next generation of kiddos will be a happier, healthier bunch.

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        2. Andrew hit the nail on the head. AMTRAK provides terrible service and that is why the state has found a contractor to improve the service. More trips, on-time performance, better times, cleanliness and adequate or better restrooms. WI-FI and food service will also be provided. Transit from outlying areas will also be provided. I wouldn't take it the way it is but with the above services and marketing of the service,ridership will improve and more folks will explore Indy and may even want to move here.

        3. They could take the property using eminent domain and save money by not paying the church or building a soccer field and a new driveway. Ctrwd has monthly meetings open to all customers of the district. The meetings are listed and if the customers really cared that much they would show. Ctrwd works hard in every way they can to make sure the customer is put first. Overflows damage the surrounding environment and cost a lot of money every year. There have been many upgrades done through the years to help not send flow to Carmel. Even with the upgrades ctrwd cannot always keep up. I understand how a storage tank could be an eye sore, but has anyone thought to look at other lift stations or storage tanks. Most lift stations are right in the middle of neighborhoods. Some close to schools and soccer fields, and some right in back yards, or at least next to a back yard. We all have to work together to come up with a proper solution. The proposed solution by ctrwd is the best one offered so far.

        4. Fox has comments from several people that seem to have some inside information. I would refer to their website. Changed my whole opionion of this story.

        5. This place is great! I'm piggy backing and saying the Cobb salad is great. But the ribs are awesome. $6.49 for ribs and 2 sides?! They're delicious. If you work downtown, head over there.