Cinema Grill shuts down, Just Judy's reopens & more

May 31, 2012
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Cinema Grill IndianapolisThe combination movie theater and restaurant Cinema Grill has closed after almost 13 years at the southeast corner of West 86th Street and Ditch Road. The locally owned spot served pizza, burgers and salads alongside first-run movies. In a message on the theater's website, owner Ron Hahn thanked his loyal patrons. "I ask the community to continue to choose locally owned independent theaters by supporting The Movie Buff Theater just down the road to our West on 86th," he wrote. "I’m partnering with their owner to continue to work and serve this community."

Elsewhere:

  • Just Judy's, a homegrown breakfast and lunch restaurant, opened this week in a shopping center at 62nd Street and Binford Boulevard, next to Peak Performance. The restaurant previously operated along 54th Street west of Keystone Avenue but shut down in December. 
  • JT's Grille & Bar, a local restaurant with a menu ranging from breaded tenderloins to biscuits and gravy, took the former Just Judy's space in Broad Ripple.
  • Arby's has closed its restaurant along Market Street just east of Monument Circle. A sign directs diners to the chain's freestanding location along South Street.
  • Ossip Optometry is expanding its downtown office on the Circle to include the space just to the north that had been home to First Internet Bank.
  • Rag-O-Rama, a second-hand fashion shop, has closed its shop near Broad Ripple and Winthrop avenues.
  • Irvington Vintage, a new antiques and collectibles shop, has opened in the heart of Irvington at 130 S. Audubon Road. The shop is a collaboration of veteran Indianapolis collectors and dealers Tanya Yanan, Rick Wilkerson and Karen LeVier. The shop is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse still hopes to open a second central Indiana restaurant at Hamilton Town Center, but concerns about parking scuttled the deal reported here in November. Stay tuned for updates.
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  • :(
    Rag-O-Rama closed?!

    That stinks. I used to get piles of clothes there for so cheap. RIP dear friend.
  • Arby's
    Interesting that Arby's is leaving a prime piece of real estate in the heart of downtown. Let's hope something cool goes in there.
  • But the Good News Is...
    Yats has arrived in Carmel! Now located in the Providence at Old Meridian, next door to Stacked Pickle. Thanks, Joe, for making good on the promise!
    • Yats in Carmel
      Yes that is great news, I love Yats! What I hate is the switch to Pepsi at Yats, say it aint so Joe!!!!
    • Hooray!
      So excited to have a Yats closer to home ... but doubt it will be as "cool" as the BR location. Will check it out very soon.
    • Popeye's Chicken??
      I heard a rumor last year that there would be a few new locations opening this year for Popeye's Chicken? So far I only know of one on the south side of town. Anyone know anything about this?
    • popeyes
      Popeyes is going in on East Washington Street near LaSalle, not at their old location.
    • Stefanos
      They need to bring back Stefanos. Easily, the best pizza in the City. The service may have been something to be desired, but the food is great. Stefano come back!!!
    • For Rag-o-Rama fans
      Rag-o-Rama fans, don't forget about The Toggery on Broad Ripple Avenue -- great clothes and great service!
      • rag-o-rama relocating
        Re: Ragorama closing, I was able to find a post on their Facebook page where someone asked "What happened to Rag-o-rama in Broad Ripple?" And Rag-o-rama responded saying they're relocating, they have no more information at the moment, and stay tuned for Facebook/twitter for updates. So, whew, glad they didn't close shop for good, but I don't know why they didn't make the fact they're relocating more obvious.
      • Shoes
        Famous Footwear closed it's Glendale store.
      • Popeyes
        There is a new Popeye's in Speedway
      • Yats - Yuck!
        Yats to cajun food is much like Chi-Chi's is to Tex Mex, Noble Roman is to deep dish pizza, and White Castle is to a beef tenderloin burger. Besides, anything served with plastic dinnerware is not worth pursuing. Believe me, I know!

        Oh Pappadeaux, where are you?


      • Yats - Yum!
        Counterpoint. Yats is fantastic and I'm glad to have a location close to work, although I'm still going to make regular visits to Mudbugs as well. Hope the rest of Carmel will do the same.

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