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Patachou owner's pizzeria granted alcohol permit

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Café Patachou owner Martha Hoover’s plan to open a pizzeria next to her trademark eatery at 49th and Pennsylvania streets in Indianapolis cleared its final hurdle Monday.

The Marion County Alcoholic Beverage Board granted her new venture, called Napolese, a permit to serve beer and wine, despite objections from opponents of the project.

Approval of the alcohol permit follows a unanimous vote late last month by the Board of Zoning Appeals to grant zoning variances Hoover had sought to accommodate her plans.

She needed the variances to include an outdoor seating area for her pizzeria and because the plans include fewer on-site parking spaces than typically required. 

Dozens of residents of the Meridian-Kessler neighborhood welcome the project they said will bring much needed economic development to the corner.

Hoover is leasing 1,200 square feet next to her original Cafe Patachou restaurant from the new owners of the Hamaker Building. The local investors, led by Bryan Chandler of Eclipse Real Estate and Greg Rankin and John Bales of Venture Cos., paid $1.5 million in December for the 12,000-square-foot building.
 
The group bought the building from Judith C. Kaczmarski and her husband, George, who owned the former Hamaker Pharmacy.

But a handful of opponents voiced reservations that the pizzeria and outdoor seating area would lead to increased traffic in the neighborhood, posing safety concerns.

“We remonstrators will hope, as we were told, that the ownership of Patachou are responsible people and will do their best to be good neighbors,” opponent Clark Kahlo said in an e-mail. “Yet only some things are within their span of control.  They'll not be able to control the behavior and actions of their customers or other passers-by. And accidents do happen, with or without alcohol.”

Hoover assured neighbors that the concerns are unfounded.

“We are not opening a Broad Ripple-type bar,” she said. “We’re really a responsible tenant. We understand we’re in a neighborhood.”

Napolese should open by early February and will feature traditional, Neapolitan-style pizza. Neapolitan-style pizza originated in Naples, Italy, and is distinguishable from other types by its bread-like crust and unique texture.

Hoover’s Napolese would be the second restaurant she's opened within a year. In March, she launched her second French-themed Petite Chou, at the upscale Clay Terrace shopping center in Carmel. The other is on Westfield Boulevard in Broad Ripple.

Hoover opened her first Cafe Patachou—at 49th and Pennsylvania streets—20 years ago. She has since opened four others: in Simon Property Group’s downtown headquarters, at the Indianapolis International Airport’s civic plaza, at River Crossing near 86th and Keystone Avenue, and at 126th Street and Gray Road in Carmel.
 
 

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  • Agreed
    Agree with the two earlier comments. Clark Kahlo needs to move and try to ruin another city. I am sick of him!!!
  • Seriosly...
    ... Kahlo is like a wart! Does he not realize how close to the urban core of a major city he lives? Honestly, he really SHOULD consider a move to the burbs! We need MORE development like this in our urban areas, not less!
  • Go Away Kahlo
    Clark Kahlo needs to move to Greenfield or somewhere else where nothing ever happens. His Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything (BANANA) antics get old.

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  1. It is nice and all that the developer grew up here and lives here, but do you think a company that builds and rehabs cottage-style homes has the chops to develop $150 Million of office, retail, and residential? I'm guessing they will quickly be over their skis and begging the city for even more help... This project should occur organically and be developed by those that can handle the size and scope of something like this as several other posters have mentioned.

  2. It amazes me how people with apparently zero knowledge of free markets or capitalism feel the need to read and post on a business journal website. Perhaps the Daily Worker would suit your interests better. It's definitely more sympathetic to your pro government theft views. It's too bad the Star is so awful as I'm sure you would find a much better home there.

  3. In other cities, expensive new construction projects are announced by real estate developers. In Carmel, they are announced by the local mayor. I am so, so glad I don't live in Carmel's taxbase--did you see that Carmel, a small Midwest suburb, has $500 million in debt?? That's unreal! The mayor thinks he's playing with Lego sets and Monopoly money here! Let these projects develop organically without government/taxpayer backing! Also, from a design standpoint, the whole town of Carmel looks comical. Grand, French-style buildings and promenades, sitting next to tire yards. Who do you guys think you are? Just my POV as a recent transplant to Indy.

  4. GeorgeP, you mention "necessities". Where in the announcement did it say anything about basic essentials like groceries? None of the plans and "vision" have basic essentials listed and nothing has been built. Traffic WILL be a nightmare. There is no east/west road capacity. GeorgeP, you also post on www.carmelchatter.com and your posts have repeatedly been proven wrong. You seem to have a fair amount of inside knowledge. Do you work on the third floor of Carmel City Hal?

  5. I don't know about the commuter buses...but it's a huge joke to see these IndyGo buses with just one or two passengers. Absolutely a disgusting waste of TAXPAYER money. Get some cojones and stop funding them. These (all of them) council members work for you. FIRE THEM!

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