A new Last Resort for downtown Indy dining

August 21, 2012
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Dicks Last Resort IndianapolisAre these guys morons? The privately held casual dining chain Dick's Last Resort plans to open along Maryland Street just west of Illinois Street. The Nashville-based chain known for surly servers who heave (mostly playful) insults on guests is taking a 6,400-square-foot space that's not been kind to similar (but friendlier) concepts including Houlihan's and Buffalo Wings & Rings. But Dick's management is confident the spot's proximity to the Indiana Convention Center and several hotels will work for its bar and grill concept that features a staff trained in the art of obnoxious. They plan to open in the fall. "We're all so kind here, they might have to import the rude people," joked Steve Delaney, who brokered the lease deal, but he says the chain owners "actually are very nice people." By the way, apparently women are more interested in stomaching insults along with their burgers and barbecue. Some 62 percent of Dick's customers are women, Delaney said. Go figure.

Other downtown restaurant updates:

  • Granite City Food & Brewery is working on the details of its plan to open in Circle Centre mall. The restaurant and bar expects to open sometime in 2013, and is set to take over the current home of Bella Vita and a small section of space that's never been leased along Illinois Street between Ruth's Chris Steak House and P.F. Chang's China Bistro. The arrangement would give Granite City both interior and exterior access, eliminating a disadvantage faced by prior tenants in the space including Bella Vita. The homegrown Italian restaurant remains open and is expected to remain a few more months. An earlier post is here.
  • Orange Leaf, the frozen yogurt chain, is joining the roster at CityWay. The Oklahoma City-based chain with 14 central Indiana locations also plans a second new shop downtown at The Avenue, at 10th Street and Indiana Avenue near IUPUI. Both projects are being developed by locally based Buckingham Cos. Also check out our earlier story on CityWay's retail lineup.
  • First Watch has opened its new cafe at 139 N. Illinois St. An earlier post on the Bradenton, Fla.-based chain is here.
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  • Positive News
    All this activity is very positive; although it would be nice to see more local offerings at The Avenue and CityWay. With that said, it is still good to see spaces being filled. Recent announcements about the Consolidated Building, 125 W. Maryland, completion of renovations at the McOuat Bldg and First Watch all represent great news about buildings/spaces that have sat vacant for long periods. Any chance of activity at the Illinois Building? It is a shame to walk by that every day and see absolutely no life in such a significant structure. I would like to think it would make a great hotel (Kimpton Group strikes me as a logical fit) as there has to be a way to work out parking at a nearby/adjacent garage. We lack inventory of unique/upscale boutique hotels. Any updates on the possibility of Halakar developing it as apartments; although we might be nearing a saturation point with new units (Property Lines 3/22/2009)?
  • A new Last Resort for downtown Indy dining
    COREY, WHAT IS GOING IN AT COUNTY LINE AND EMERSON AVENUE ON THE SOUTHSIDE?
    • Possible?
      Rumor has it that a Cheddars restaurant and a Circle K gas station may be going in there.
      • OSSIBLE
        HAD HEARD THE CIRCLE K AND A RESTAURANT BUT DIDNT KNOW CHEDDARS WAS THE RESTAURANT. HOPE SO WE LOVE THE PLACE.

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