Roundup: Fat Dan's Deli, McNamara, Teddy's Burger

October 16, 2012
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  • McNamara Florist plans to open two new retail stores in November: In the Geist area at the corner of Brooks School and Fall Creek Roads, and in Avon at 9655 E. US Hwy. 36. The homegrown florist, founded in 1954 and now headquartered in Fishers, operates seven retail floral shops.
  • Fat Dan's Chicago-Style Deli is relocating to 54th Street and College Avenue, from a spot in Broad Ripple that closed in July. The restaurant is taking about 1,300 square feet formerly occupied by BoKay Florist, which moved to the southwest corner of Keystone Avenue and Kessler Boulevard. Owner Dan Jarman hopes to open in November.
  • Teddy's Burger Joint, a homegrown concept founded by Corey and Amanda Larson, is adding a new restaurant in Carmel. Teddy's is taking the former home of Carrabba's in the Merchants Square Shopping Center west of Keystone Parkway between 116th Street and Carmel Drive. The chain also has locations in Southport and Plainfield.
  • Walmart plans to build a Neighborhood Market, one of its smaller-format grocery stores, along West 10th Street east of Interstate 465, on the site of a former Cub Foods. The giant retailer this month said it plans to build 300 new Neighborhood Markets by 2016, to better compete with drug and dollar stores. Walmart has existing market locations along South Keystone Avenue just inside the I-465 loop and along East 38th Street just outside the loop.
  • Kim's Kake Kreations & Bakery is moving across the street into a long-vacant former Burger King restaurant at the northwest corner of Madison and Epler avenues on the south side. The space is 2,900 square feet.
  • Long John Silver's is taking the former home of a Donatos pizza along Stop 11 Road just east of U.S. 31 on the south side. The restaurant will be 2,400 square feet.
  • O'Reilly Auto Parts plans to take over a former Blockbuster Video store at the corner of Kentucky Avenue and Mann Road on the southwest side. The new store will be 6,500 square feet. The Missouri-based retailer has more than a dozen Indianapolis-area locations.
  • Punch Burger, a homegrown better-burger concept that also serves local brews on draft, has opened along Ohio Street just west of Delaware. Earlier mention is here.
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  • Wal-Mart
    Corey, any info for the wal-mart?
  • Kim's Kake Kreations & Bakery
    Seriously? Is it me or is that name a little suspect?
    • Kims Kupcaes
      This is a great bakery. Small but with the larger space will become more well known. If you stop in you won't regret it.
    • Across the street
      Has somebody leased the defunct jewelerly store location across from the IBJ building? The "for lease" sign has been gone for a couple months. How about the updates to the OTB location? Are they adding more gambling space in the short-lived restaurant side?
    • Kim's Kupcakes
      It's a great bakery! Not only does she sell regular-sized cupcakes, but she sells mini cupcakes that are to die for. You can buy a dozen and they are perfect to take to a party or just to share with friends. The "Not Your Average Hostess" cupcake is my fav. I'm very excited about her move and wish her all the best!!
    • Kim's
      I went to a party this fall, where Kim's Kake served 9 different kinds of cupcakes, both mini and regular sized. The two I had were fabulous!
    • Yep, KKK & Bakery is not a great name
      It would be one thing if your business name was comprised of three words that actually start with "K", but when you misspell two of them resulting in KKK, it's a little suspicious. Certainly could be no desire to associate with the Klan, but I'm no fan of intentionally misspelling things anyway. I really don't find it to be all that "kreative".
      • I agree with Paul
        Did Kim seriously not think this through? I've heard of this business before and my first thought was "not a place I want to patronize" If she doesn't have common sense or creativity when thinking up a name it leads me to believe she isn't creative with her product. It sounds like her products must be good but I was turned off by the name alone. What can I say? Perception is reality.
        • KKK
          Count me as another person who will never step foot in the KKK bakery. Intentional or unintentional, the name disgusts me. This is on the south side, so who knows...
          • KKK&B
            Kim may be a great baker but that doesn't mean she has skills in branding. Before paying for that KKK sign, she might want to call it simply "Kim's" and save money on her signage!
          • ?
            Really??? What a snob.
          • Kake Snobbery
            It may be snobby and elitist not to want to step foot in the KKK bakery, but it's no better than an establishment whose website is filled with very basic grammatical errors. When it comes to two competing companies with the same product, the one with a professional veneer will always come off better. Not so long ago, a place on the near southside called the "Thyme to Eat" cafe opened...and then closed within six months. Awful puns aside, the name still conjured up an image of sitting with a plateful of a dried spice. No thanks. Finding a really good brand isn't necessarily easy, but at least it's easy to avoid an overtly awful one. Kim's korny and not-so-katchy name hits the groaner bullseye.
          • Really!?!!?!
            I think this a joke that there are more comments about a possible KKK connection than the eateries in this article. Move on people!
          • Kim Kakes
            Kim's makes the best gluten free cupcakes, cookies, cakes and breads in town.
          • Punch Burger Forever
            Finally made it into Punch Burger yesterday. What an excellent addition to the downtown burger scene. Better burgers than BRU, though perhaps less options. Great concept, great burgers. Could use some more seating though, the place was packed at lunch.
          • First thing that struck me
            The first thing that struck me about the bakery's name was the KKK acronym. Whether or not the name actually is some sort of coded message, Indiana was once the national epicenter for the KKK. There needs to be some sensitivity to that. Just ask any of my African-American friends who still endure being called the "n" word by strangers - hate is alive and well here.
          • Koincidence?
            They're not helping matters by their insistence on the use of...White Flour! ;-)
          • Seriously?
            It's you!
          • Fountain Square?
            Lots of upscale apartments and condos going up along Virigina Ave. When will some new restaurants start appearing here
          • 2050
            The fiscal cliff is going to hit you people like a Typhoon.

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