Homegrown Oobatz! taking former home of Uno pizzeria

November 12, 2012
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Oobatz IndianapolisThe Zionsville restaurant Oobatz! is adding a second location in the former home of Uno Chicago Grill along East 82nd Street in front of the Clearwater Crossing shopping center. The casual restaurant, which serves pizza, burgers, pasta and wings, is on target to open in February or March, said Kirk Givens, a former Paradise Bakery & Cafe franchisee who owns the concept with Julie Weisenbach. The new Oobatz! will feature an open-air kitchen, 9-foot stainless steel fire tower in front, seven garage doors, three fire pits on a large front deck, and outdoor wood-burning fireplaces in the back, Givens said. Oobatz is an Italian slang term for crazy, which seemed to fit since they started the restaurant three years ago during the Great Recession.

In other restaurant news:

  • Flat Top Grill, a create-your-own stir-fry chain based near Chicago, has filed plans to open a restaurant in Noblesville at Hamilton Town Center. The chain is taking 3,500 square feet along Town Center Boulevard near Harrell Parkway. It would be the first central Indiana location for Flat Top. The chain almost opened a restaurant at Glendale Town Center in 2008 before that deal fell through. Glendale wound up landing Pei Wei Asian Diner, a similar concept.
  • A Taste of Philly, the locally owned pretzel bakery, is headed to Fishers. The concept operated by Patrick Wojtalik has locations at City Market and 42nd Street and College Avenue. The chain's new Fishers outpost is planned for 1,300 square feet in a shopping center along 116th Street that also has Nancy's Pizza and Taylor's Bakery.
  • His Place, a locally owned ice cream and coffee shop, has opened at the corner of Fairview Road and State Road 37 in Greenwood. Owners Kyle and Cheryl Adamson are offering 50 types of sundaes, fresh pastry and bakery items and specialty coffee and tea drinks.
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  • Good Luck!
    Love the original Oobatz. Great family place where mom & dad can also have a drink. Don't get over to that part of town much, but wish them luck in the new location. Definitely recommend stopping by if you're in the neighborhood (of either location).
  • Oh Boy
    A second location to be poorly run. Love the fair this place turns out, but orders are frequently wrong. Service recovery is/has been poor, to the point we don't really go anymore.
  • ugh...
    I'd rather have Uno's back. Went to Oobatz once. Service was bad and the food was horrible.
  • AWFUL!!!!
    We recently visited the new oobatz in keystone. We were not impressed at all!! First off, there were an overload of servers just standing everywhere amd made it very akward. Second, the food took forever to come out and they have an open kitchen that made it very loud. I could hear their conversations!! I would like it better with a closed kitchen, especially when there are no real chefs. Third, I could tell there was tension in management. There was a male, who seemed very angry and kept yelling, telling people what to do. For me, that is a huge disappointment. Overall, it was very unprofessional and will have to step it up a couple notches to compete with the other keystone resturaunts.
  • No Thank You!
    Decided to go here after we heard it was good. That person must of came there drunk and left there drunk. We went there for lunch on a Saturday and the place was pretty empty. We thought the main cook was coming by to ask how our food was, but instead wanted to know if the purdue game was on. Then he stood by our table as he wrote down scores from the other games. The next thing you know the music stop playing and the game volume was up full blast. We had to yell at each other if we wanted to talk while we ate. Obviously the cook is in heaven with all the tv's because when asked how many tv's there were he was quick to answer. He needs to focus on the quality of the food. The lasagne was not heated up enough. Also, this is with any place, why is it so hard not to put tomatoes on a salad or sandwich? Everywhere I go I say no tomatoes and for some reason I always get them. The fries looked like something you would get from a fast food place that was almost done with their rush hour. If you are a manager of a new establishment you would probably want to ask your customers how everything was. About 98% of the places we eat at, the manager stops by to ask if we like everything. Heck even a manager at Bob Evans stopped by once to asked. The manager of this place must not care. He's probably too busy picking which tv he going to watch.Lovely Valentine's lunch:(
  • Go elsewhere
    We had dinner there tonight. We ordered an appetizer that arrived the same time as our food. The manager came around before it came and my husband asked about it. It took 45 minutes for our appetizer to come out along with the meal and it was not taken off the bill. We overhead a similar situation that happened to another table and the manager was coaching the waiter on how to handle it. The food was mediocre, nothing we would go back for. Our service was good, waitress was attentive apologetic about the wait.
  • Going today
    I have read the comments. I am going today for St Pat's weekend festivities. Hoping for the best. At least the band will be good.
  • Neighborhood intrusion
    Five live bands? Music that can be heard inside homes 1/2 mile away? Are you kidding me? Not good neighbors, they gotta go.
  • AWESOME!
    The original Oobatz in Zionsville is terrific and I'm happy to see them expand to Keystone at the Crossing! The food is excellent, great servers and they have live acoustic music on Wednesdays and Thursdays. They also have full bands on the weekends. The atmosphere is casual, yet upscale with the swank outdoor dining and live music next to the modern fireplaces. I'm a sucker for their "Hoosier Daddy" pizza and I'd put their burgers up against anyone's. Check it out!
  • Wow
    With these reviews, I dare not go............ I hate to wait for my food any longer than the going rate as opposed to this 45 minutes average wait time here...Secondly, I want it right the first time, second time (you never know what may be in it), Thirdly, if I am paying with my hard earned money I demand good hospitality!
  • Terrible- took pictures
    Food was sooooooo slow. Two young female wait staff stood/sat beside our table quickly eating a calzone. Then what wasn't eaten was taken to the hostesses who ate it while welcoming diners. I couldn't believe it- took pictures!!
  • Pleasantly surprised!
    We were there last night and were impressed with the atmosphere, interesting surroundings and the food was especially good! Pleasantly surprised and would go back again. In fact, I'd go back again and again.
  • Oobats @ Clearwater - negative rating
    A group of 12 of us (6 couples) decided to try Oobatz @ Clearwater. Last week, when we tried to make reservations, it was closed for a private party, so we all went this week. The service was horrible and our food came out in dribs and drabs. The table behind us who came in a good 1/2 hour after us, got their food and were almost done eating before all of our group got theirs. Some either got the wrong thing or never got a side they asked for. We were told we could only use 2 coupons for our group, which we had 6 coupons (we almost asked to be split into 6 tables). And, on top of all, after the horrible service, we were charged instead of an 18% gratuity, were charged a 20% gratuity. Needless to say, none of us will be dining at Oobatz again...and we go out almost every Friday evening (sometimes there are even more of us). If I could give them negative stars for a rating, they'd be so far in the red, they'd probably never see another customer.
  • One of the best
    Don't know why other posts are so negative. I would guess that only those that had a bad experience had something to say. Visited here during our recent trip and I must say the food was extraordinary and the service phenomenal. Please open one in lexington ky. It would be an instant hit. A

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