Roundup: Aurelio's Pizza, ice cream 'emporium' and Dottie Couture in Fishers

July 23, 2014
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Chicagoland favorite Aurelio’s Pizza is extending its reach into central Indiana, with plans for a restaurant in Fishers.

Founded in 1959 in the suburban community of Homewood, Aurelio’s has 40 franchise locations in six states and three family-owned pizzerias near Chicago.

Aurelio’s expects to introduce its thin-crust, square-cut pizzas at Fishers Marketplace this year.

The mixed-use project under construction at State Road 37 and 131st Street has attracted a range of future culinary tenants, including chicken chain Zaxby’s, Graeter’s ice cream, City Barbeque, Bagger Dave’s Legendary Burger Tavern, Which Wich, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and Taco Bell.

Last month, Flaherty & Collins Properties said North Carolina-based Brixx Wood Fired Pizza would open its first Midwest location at The Depot at Nickel Plate, a mixed-use development being built in downtown Fishers. (See a late-breaking tenant announcement below.)

Pizza lovers also embraced the news that Chicago staple Giordano’s is bringing its popular stuffed pies to 4110 E. 82nd St. in Indianapolis.

Fishers also is drawing interest from ice cream enthusiasts. Graeter’s is planning a Fishers Marketplace shop, and Irvington’s Wyliepalooza Ice Cream Emporium just opened its third location at 11009 Allisonville Road.

Founded last year by the mother-daughter team of Patty Timmons and Cassie Salimeno, Wyliepalooza is named for Salimeno’s precocious 5-year-old daughter (who serves as the shops’ official greeter).

Timmons, 51, launched the Captain Java coffee shop in Fishers nearly 20 years ago, ultimately selling the business to focus on her family. The experience helped when she and Salimeno, 31, decided Irvington needed an ice cream shop.

“Sixty days later, we were open,” said Timmons, who lives in Clermont.

The partners also have a shop in Brownsburg as well as an ice cream truck.

Wyliepalooza’s products come from a family-owned purveyor in Madison, Wis. In addition to traditional ice cream and Italian ice, the menu includes vegan and soy-based options. Other specialties include bubble teas and the popular Filipino dessert Halo Halo. (Nathan’s hot dogs also are available.)

In other retail news north of 96th Street:

— Homegrown "chic boutique" Dottie Couture also will lease retail space in The Depot in downtown Fishers, Flaherty & Collins said today. The shop, which has locations in Greenwood and Indianapolis (near the Fashion Mall at Keystone), offers trendy apparel and accessories for women. The 1,340-square-foot Fishers location, expected to open in late fall, will be the largest storefront, owner Brooke Magdzinski said in a prepared statement.

— Greek’s Pizzeria is hiring staff for a new location in Westfield. The popular chain is transforming a former day-care center at 205 Park St., next door to foodie haven Rail Epicurean Market and near the planned Grand Junction plaza downtown. Greek’s also has restaurants in Fishers, Carmel, Noblesville and Zionsville.

— Culver’s has opened its newest butter-burger outlet at 13691 Olio Road in Fishers. The Wisconsin-based chain also has locations on Westfield Road in Noblesville and on (the south side of) 96th Street in Indianapolis.

— Bento Café, a locally based Asian bistro specializing in sushi, has opened at 9778 E. 116th Street in Fishers, next to Fresh Market.

— Carmel-based Sandor Development Co. has begun construction of small-shop retail space at 10679 N. Michigan Road, adjacent to an existing Marsh supermarket. Dubbed Gateway Shops, the 12,000-square-foot building is expected to be ready for tenants in November.

  • While happy to...
    ...have Giordano's & Aurelio's come to Indy, convincing Gino's East or Lou Malnati's to join the Indy market would be the REAL cherry on top! #GinosAndLousAreChicagosBest
    • Noodles & Co
      I had read earlier this spring that Noodles & Co was going to open in the Fishers Marketplace (which is SR 37 and 131st St, not 141st St, just FYI). Any word on that? Also, do you happen to know what is being built in Carmel at Pennsylvania and Old Meridian? May just be an office building but I'm not sure.
      • Carmel Construction
        Brandon, The construction at Penn and Old Meridian is a retirement home being developed by Mainstreet and a Gun store and Firing range called Point Blank is also going on the property.
      • Noodles or Starbucks?
        There is new construction on 146 & 37 next to Marsh and Godby Furniture. Any clue what is going in here? Looks like a Starbucks or maybe like Brandon mentioned, a Noodles & Co.
      • restaurant by marsh
        I think the new construction on 146th by marsh is a new restaurant called Jagger. I saw it written on the side of some construction material.
      • Thanks, everyone!
        I really appreciate you all reading and sharing your questions/answers. You're right about the 146th/37 project, Elena. Here's what I have written about Jaggers: I haven't heard anything about Noodles lately, but I'll keep an eye out.(And I fixed my fat-finger mistake on the location of Fishers Marketplace, Brandon.)
      • YES!!!
        For you central Indiana folks that don't know what a good pizza is, Aurelio's will take care of that. There are some good pizza places in central Indiana but nothing like this!!!
      • Thanks, Chris
        Thanks for the info, Chris. I do think I now remember reading about that project.
      • Great pizza
        I grew up in Homewood, so I know how great Aurelio's is. I have eaten many a pie there. Glad they followed me to Indianapolis (or pretty close)!
      • Pizza is Not Called "Pie"
        Great news about Aurelio's coming to town, so it's time to correct Hoosiers about pizza. Pizza is never, ever, called "pie." New york and other cities with bad pizza call it a "pie," because they don't know any better. Chicago does know better, and Indy should, too.
      • Fishers Marketplace
        Noodles & Company decided against the Fishers Marketplace location because of proximity to their existing locations at Hamilton Town Center and at 96th St/I-69.
      • What about Zaxby's?
        Wasn't Zaxby's supposed to open early last Spring? Last time I was by there it didn't look like much was going on with the construction. Can you update Zaxby's in your next column? We eat at Zaxby's when we travel, and our kids love it.
        • Aurelio's!!!!!
          Indy-area residents... most of you have no idea how AMAZING Aurelio's is. South of Chicago was a cool pizza place... but it pales in comparison to the heavenly thin crust Aurelio's pizza. Their deep dish is pretty good too. My waistline is expanding just thinking about this!
        • RE: While happy to...
          A Lou Malnati's would be awesome!!!!!!!!
          • RE: While happy to...
            As well as a Portillio'S!!!!!!
          • Zaxby's is coming along
            Zaxby's is coming along pretty quickly now. The building is up and the facade is covered in brick now.
          • Excellent!
            So excited to read about Aurelios! Grew up there, went to the Homewood location nearly every week as a teen. Yes! And you can keep your Portillos but give me Pop's Beef (another Chicago south side restaurant) any day!
          • Seafood
            Im glad we will have a lot of food choices in Fishers but we really need a good seafood restaurant.
          • Agree!!
            Brad, you are speaking my language !! Aurellio's is a step, but would love to get some Malnati's (or Gino's East) in Indy!! Portillo's is a loved staple that I've begged Dick for years to bring to Indy. Maybe whoever buys the company from Dick will expand to Indy. We can hope, right?
          • Bagger Dave's why?????
            Why would the parent company of Bagger Dave's "Legendary" Burger Tavern DRH spend another $1M+ for a location in Fishers? The location in Carmel (and most others according to reviews on Yelp/Trip Advisor, etc.) are abominable at best. I can't wait till BG's goes out of business.
          • Portillo's Anyday!!
            I agree with Brad and Susan... What this place needs is a Portillo's; a one stop shop for GOOD burgers, hot dogs, variety of salads and top it off with a slice of delicious chocolate cake or chocolate-cake chocolate shake for dessert!! There menu has so much more to offer than any of these burger place around here!
            • Bagger Daves
              You're NOT going to get GOOD burger at this "one stop shop". The pizza, hot dogs, chicken, and ice cream are a win win, but Bagger Dave's is absolutely awful. Every location has very low reviews and semi-empty parking lots.
            • AURELIO'S!
              My wife and I just moved to Brownsburg from Lake County, and were lamenting the fact there are no good pizzas down here. When we lived in Dyer we had Aurelio's 5 minutes from our house, and it was our favorite by far. Imagine our delight finding Aurelio's is coming to Fishers! Is the restaurant open yet; if not, does anyone know when?

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