Restaurant roundup: Bagger Dave's, Cheddar's, Ralston's

September 5, 2012
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Bagger Daves IndyHungry for a new favorite dining spot? A trifecta of possessive new options are on the way to the Indianapolis area:

  • Bagger Dave's Legendary Burger Tavern, a small Michigan-based better-burger chain, plans to open its first Indiana location on the northwest side along Michigan Road a few blocks south of Interstate 465. The restaurant is taking about 5,000 square feet formerly occupied by Cardinal Fitness next to Costco and in the same retail building as a McAlister's Deli. Bagger Dave's has 10 locations in Michigan and one in Missouri.
  • Ralston's DraftHouse, a new restaurant from the owners of Chatham Taps in downtown and Fishers, plans to open a sister restaurant in the former home of Agio on Mass Ave. The restaurant will feature flatbread sandwiches, 24 draft beer taps and "endless possibilities," according to an announcement on Twitter. Agio closed in August 2011.
  • Cheddar's Casual Cafe plans to open a second Indianapolis area restaurant on the south side near the Interstate 65 interchange with County Line Road. The Texas-based chain of traditional American restaurants, which opened its first location earlier this year along Rockville Road in Avon, will open the new restaurant at 5151 Noggle Way, next to a Hilton Garden Inn.
  • Chatam/Ralston
    Bru & Mesh have the same owner. And now Chatam owner is opening Ralston. However, it seems to me that Chatam and Ralston will have very similar concepts (vs. Mesh & Bru combo that kind of tries to target slightly different groups).
    • Teddy's Burger Joint
      It appears that Teddy's Burger Joint is taking the old Carrabba's location at Merchants Square. They had a sign posted near the top of the building and lights were on. Einstein's Bagels is also taking the old Hardee's location as well, vacating their old space along Carmel Drive.
    • High hopes
      I hope that Ralston's kicks ass. Chatham is the best place around, but it's been taken over by hipsters. I have high hopes for their new place. I have been hugely disappointed by BRU, which absolutely sucks despite being run by MESH, which is one of the best restaurants in Indy.
    • Cheddar's
      What's the latest on the new Cheddar's that was planned for County Line Rd and Emerson on Indy's Southside?
      • South Indy
        Cheddars Casual Cafe is built; the signs are up but they aren't yet open. Shouldn't be long!
      • Cheddar's-Southside
        When to Cheddar's last night for the 1st time and the service was absolutely awful! From waiting to be sat to the waitress requesting a tip! Never have I had a waitress/waiter even mention a tip. I do believe a lot of restaurants have a policy on this. This particular waitress didn't even take my daughter's order so her food came out way after ours. An entire sheet of people who came in after us got sat before us because they put the sheet with our name on it away in a drawer without marking our name off. Because of the seating situation the manager comp'd our bill including desserts. That's before my daughter's order wasn't taken. I hap planned to pay with my card and had no cash. Intended to eithet go to ATM right after going to pick up my son and go back or go back in the morning with cash. However, the waitress says to us what no tip! Very rude and disrespectful. I have never been so disappointed and disgusted with a place!

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