Non-chain eatery sets sights on former Glass Chimney site in Carmel

June 19, 2014
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An independent restaurant owner plans to take over the vacant Glass Chimney building in Carmel, transforming it into a family eatery with two outdoor dining areas.

JKB Properties LLC is seeking city approval of its plans to renovate the 6,000-square-foot building at 12901 Old Meridian St., just south of Main Street.

Glass Chimney, CarmelPlans call for reolacing the one-story facade with stone to match the rest of the restaurant. IBJ photo)

The property owner is not ready to identify the future tenant, a representative told the Carmel Clay Plan Commission’s special studies committee this month.

Plans call for updating the structure, erected in the 1970s and vacant since fine-dining staple Glass Chimney and casual sibling Deeter’s closed in 2011. The main entrance will be relocated to the north end of the distinctive two-story portion of the building, and the one-story façade to the south will be replaced with limestone to match.

The new restaurant will seat about 160 diners inside and more than 50 outside, plans show. The two patio areas—one in front of the building and one behind—will include fire pits.

Development is heating up on the Old Meridian corridor as crews work to make Main Street the main thoroughfare between U.S. 31 and downtown Carmel.

As IBJ reported earlier this year, Indianapolis-based Keystone Realty Group is planning a five-story apartment-and-retail building southwest of the intersection, and apartment specialist Edward Rose Properties Inc. is working on an $80 million mixed-use project dubbed The District on 30 acres south and west of the Keystone site.

Further south, Indianapolis-based Buckingham Cos.’ Providence at Old Meridian has a range of dining options, including several local favorites such as Yats and Brockway Public House.

So what’s on your wish list for the Glass Chimney site?

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  • Good steak place, perhaps?
    There are so many dining options in Carmel now, it's difficult to think of something we don't have but a good steak place is one. All the ones I can think of (Ruth's Chris, Sullivan's, Shulas, Capitol Grille, Fogo, etc.) are south of 96th street. For close to 15 years my wife and I have been trekking out to Whitestown to the LA Cafe. I know some former employees gave it a go some years ago (and failed around 4 years ago) over on 146th where the new-ish MacAlisters is in front of Stein Mart. I'd love to see them try it again in this space.
  • Wish List
    I think an independent (not chain) eatery is the first step in the right direction. The next step is...what kind of restaurant? We have plenty of fast food and medium-cost establishments. What's lacking in Carmel is a fine-dining spot commiserate with the available dollar pool here. Next move: the restaurant should have a martini-type bar that entices the on-the-way-home workers to stop in, socialize, and have a well-poured cocktail. The target should be the over thirty-age patrons such are attracted to the bars at Ruth's Chris and Sullivan's. Menu items should be continental with a touch of nouveau and reflect the chef's point of view. Build a restaurant like this, and my wife and I will be the first in line.

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