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.


  • 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. John, unfortunately CTRWD wants to put the tank(s) right next to a nature preserve and at the southern entrance to Carmel off of Keystone. Not exactly the kind of message you want to send to residents and visitors (come see our tanks as you enter our city and we build stuff in nature preserves...

  2. 85 feet for an ambitious project? I could shoot ej*culate farther than that.

  3. I tried, can't take it anymore. Untill Katz is replaced I can't listen anymore.

  4. Perhaps, but they've had a very active program to reduce rainwater/sump pump inflows for a number of years. But you are correct that controlling these peak flows will require spending more money - surge tanks, lines or removing storm water inflow at the source.

  5. All sewage goes to the Carmel treatment plant on the White River at 96th St. Rainfall should not affect sewage flows, but somehow it does - and the increased rate is more than the plant can handle a few times each year. One big source is typically homeowners who have their sump pumps connect into the sanitary sewer line rather than to the storm sewer line or yard. So we (Carmel and Clay Twp) need someway to hold the excess flow for a few days until the plant can process this material. Carmel wants the surge tank located at the treatment plant but than means an expensive underground line has to be installed through residential areas while CTRWD wants the surge tank located further 'upstream' from the treatment plant which costs less. Either solution works from an environmental control perspective. The less expensive solution means some people would likely have an unsightly tank near them. Carmel wants the more expensive solution - surprise!