Roundup: Matt the Miller's, First Watch, Village Cigar, Menchie's, Jack in the Box

March 23, 2012
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  • Compass roseFirst Watch, a chain of breakfast and lunch restaurants, plans to open a 4,000-square-foot diner in Market Tower at 139 N. Illinois St. The restaurant, set to open this summer, would be the second Indianapolis location for the chain based in Bradenton, Fla. The restaurant is proposed for a block south of breakfast hot spot Le Peep and about two blocks northeast of Patachou. The plans call for an open-kitchen concept that draws attention to the chain's food preparation, which avoids deep fryers or heat lamps. The first local First Watch (opening soon) sits across 86th Street from The Fashion Mall at Keystone. The chain has more than 90 restaurants in 13 states and is growing rapidly. An earlier post is here.
  • Village Cigar, a cigar and cocktail bar from the owners of Northside Social, plans to take a cozy 724 square feet at 6513 N. College Ave., in the same strip center as Northside Social and Northside Kitchenette. The new cigar bar, the first of its kind in Broad Ripple, is scheduled to open in mid- to late-May. It will share outdoor seating with the Northside Kitchenette, which closes at 3 p.m.
  • Matt the Miller's Tavern, an upscale bar and restaurant concept with two locations in central Ohio, plans to take a prime 5,000-square-foot corner space in Carmel City Center at Rangeline Road and City Center Drive. Food offerings include Loaded Tavern Chips, Bavarian Pretzel Bites, steaks, pasta dishes and flatbreads. The chain also promises an extensive draft and bottled beer menu including local and regional brews.
  • Menchie's, a self-serve frozen yogurt concept with more than 100 rotating flavors, plans a grand opening for Saturday, March 24, at Hamilton Town Center (the location is already open for business). It's the first Indiana location for the California-based chain, which claims it is the nation's largest such chain with 165 locations and another 200 in development. Menchie's will offer free frozen yogurt from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.
  • Jack in the Box is nearing completion on a restaurant at the northwest corner of 116th Street and Allisonville Road in Fishers. The chain has opened locations in Greenwood and Avon and is building two others in Indianapolis.
  • Marco's Pizza is opening a new location in Brownsburg in the former home of a check-cashing operation. The chain plans to take 1,400 square feet at 1521 North Green St. (State Road 267), about a mile north of Interstate 74, in the same retail center as Boulder Creek Dining Co.
  • Jack
    The Jack in the Box on Post Road near 21st Street, looks fairly complete. Anyone have an opening date?
  • Another pizza place???
    Just what Brownsburg needs, another pizza place! What we can use is more nicer sit down restaurants.
  • smoking ban
    What is wrong with the city-county board of elected officials that they can not do the people's business in which they were elected to do and leave the smoking situation up to the citizens of this city to determine. The state of Indiana just passed a smoking law (as if one was really needed). Why is'nt that good enough for the city of Indianapolis or any other city or town in Indiana as well?
    • Re: Mark
      Because there are still smoking in places that others shouldn't have to worry about smoking to enjoy a night out. That's why. When you have cities like Chicago, NY, Atlanta, and other cities that are even more blue collar than us that have smoking ban - it continues to show Indiana as backwater.
    • Tobacco bad, booze good!!
      Oh no, a cigar bar! I bet certain members of the Indianapolis Nanny City-County Council are stroking out after hearing about this.

      "Because there are still smoking in places that others shouldn't have to worry about smoking to enjoy a night out."

      In other words: It's all about ME, ME, ME. It's MY world, YOU just live in it. Don't demand that I put my own money up to open a bar, someone else should do that, then I should be able to use the strong arm of government to run their business to my liking. American is full of this kind of logic.

      I would like for us to finally ban the public consumption of alcohol, a known intoxicate that leads to fights, people eating windshield, and all sorts of other issues. Oh wait, this is the United States of Alcoholics, so while we keep bartenders from getting lung cancer 40 years from now, they will still be allowed to let people drink themselves into oblivion and then go off and drive head-on into a mini-van and take out half a family. What a country!!
    • Well...
      ... not that I feel a conversation on smoking bans really has a place in this conversation, but I will add my own opinion. The way I see it is when the legislators decide that smoking is so dangerous that they actually have the cajones to make tobacco illegal (not just the act of smiking it)and are willing to forego the tax money and lobbyist contirbutions they reap, THEN they can talk about banning smoking. It just seems they want iot both ways. Personally, I also feel that business owners should have the right to determine whether they allow smoking in their businesses. No one is holding a gun to the heads of nonsmokers and forcing them to enter smoking establishments. I don't smoke and if I want to enjoy a night out in a non-smoking facility I GO to one.
    • Isn't Indianapolis in the title?
      Why some many tidbits about Carmel, Fishers, Plainfield and Avon? Seriously, notes on these towns are starting to outnumber your news about what is happening in the city of Indianapolis. I know the "shiny newness" of those 'burbs draws your eyes, but you work for the IBJ. Shouldn't they write their own blogs, or at the most be a supplement to the IBJ, and not the focus?
    • DutchEastIndie
      DutchEastIndie: The first two items in this post are in Indianapolis, and if you look at the last 10 or so posts every one of them deals with Indianapolis.
    • RE: Dutch
      To say that we shouldn't care about new business openings in the suburbs of Indy is the height or arrogance. As if we somehow shouldn't care about any news that takes place on the north side of 96th st or any other arbitrary barrier around Marion County. Because people that live in Hamilton county never travel to Marion and vice versa. If you are concerned as to why there seems to be so many more openings in the burbs than the city that's fine but that is a separate issue.
    • S.R. 37 Noblesville
      Anyone know what they just started building in front of Marsh along SR 37 in Fishers/Noblesville? It's on an outlot just south of 146th St next to Regions Bank and CVS. They just started clearing land for it this week.
      • Moroccan Food
        Al Basha in broadripple closed and sold to a Moroccan grill to open in May.
        • Poccadio
          The name of the new moroccan restaurant in broadripple is going to be Poccadio and the chef from Saffron's (downtown) is going to be running it.
        • S.R. 37 Noblesville
          Never mind my comment about what they're building along SR 37 just south of 146th Street. They put a sign up recently that it's going to be yet another car wash. Prime Car Wash, apparently the first one from looking at the website. No opening date is listed.
        • Wood-fired pizza in Noblesville?
          Anyone know anything about the not-yet-opened "wood-fired pizza" place getting ready next to the Marsh on River Rd (just North of SR 32) in Noblesville?
        • Wood-fired pizza in Noblesville?
          Anyone know anything about the not-yet-opened "wood-fired pizza" place getting ready next to the Marsh on River Rd (just North of SR 32) in Noblesville?
        • New construction west side
          What is being built next to Walmart (west side) in Avon?

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