Roundup: Upland Brewing, Lincoln Square, Old Carolina

January 21, 2013
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  • Upland Brewing Co CarmelUpland Brewing Co. plans to open a restaurant and tasting room in Carmel along 116th Street between College Avenue and Guilford Road. The restaurant is taking a 2,300-square-foot space in the same center as a Lenny's Sub Shop and iSushi Cafe. Bloomington-based Upland also operates a tasting room at 49th Street and College Avenue in Indianapolis.
  • Lincoln Square Restaurant and Pancake House, a homegrown breakfast and lunch chain with seven central Indiana locations, plans to open a restaurant just north of downtown in the former home of an office furniture shop. The restaurant, helmed by father-son owners George and Chris Katris, is taking 5,150 square feet at 2330 N. Meridian St., next door to Mercedes Benz of Indianapolis.
  • Old Carolina Barbecue, an Ohio-based chain with seven locations in the Buckeye state, is looking to expand to the Indianapolis area with four new restaurants. The chain is looking for a franchisee partner who would open the first new store within about six months. The chain targets suburban retail centers. The menu highlights pulled pork and St. Louis-style ribs though Old Carolina also serves chicken and beef, "to keep the yankees happy."
  • Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen has pulled permits to build two new restaurants in central Indiana. The plans call for restaurants on the far southside at the northwest corner of South Emerson Avenue and County Line Road, and in the Lawrence area along Pendleton Pike east of Interstate 465.
  • St. Yared Ethiopian Restaurant is planned for the Geist area. Owner Haile Abebe plans to open the restaurant in an 1,800-square-foot space along Fall Creek Road west of Brooks School Road in Fishers, a government filing shows.
  • Fifth Third Bank has opened a new bank branch in Carmel along Carmel Drive east of Rangeline Road, at 205 E. Carmel Drive. The 8,500-square-foot branch, the bank's first LEED-certified location in the state, replaced an existing location at 99 E. Carmel Drive.
  • Napolese downtown at 30 S. Meridian St. is nearing its grand opening as the second pizzeria in the Patachou chain. Signs posted at the entrance announce a jobs fair is scheduled for Jan. 31.
  • Petite Chou in Broad Ripple has reopened.
  • Lane Bryant at Circle Centre mall is closing.
  • Grocery Store
    Cory: Isn't the location of Lincoln Square where a grocery store was supposed to go?
  • Lane Bryant
    And why is Lane Bryant leaving Circle Centre? This is at least the second closing I've heard of. I'm beginning to think that Simon doesn't like the store's clientele.
    • Pizzology in Nora?
      Any update on Pizzology opening a second location in Nora Plaza? Does not look like there has been any site activity at all up through December.
    • Lane Bryant
      Jackie, I heard from an insider that they are gradually closing their mall locations and moving them into strip mall areas with easier access. They did that in Greenwood last year. Although I don't know if that will be the case with the downtown location or not.
    • Simon
      Lane Bryant may have closed for the reason Cherilyn mentioned, but Simon indeed is letting Circle Centre go downhill. Hollister did not renew their lease because that whole end of the mall is dead without Nordstrom. Express is (from what I have heard) closing when their lease is up. I would imagine Forever 21 may close as well since they now have huge stores in Greenwood and Castleton.
    • Grocery store
      That is correct. The site of Lincoln Square was originally slated to be a grocery store, but the owner ran into financial trouble. The Near North Development Corp. still is trying to attract a grocery store to the area.
    • Stir Crazy Castleton
      Hi Cory, Did you know that Stir Crazy in Castleton Square Mall closed yesterday? We were there to pick up food and the waiter told us it was their last day open.
    • Stir Crazy
      Went to website for StirCrazy and both Indy and Greenwood locations are no longer listed.
    • Mudsocks Grill - Noblesville
      Mudsocks Grill also closed without warning. Not sure what happened there.
    • Stir Crazy
      Thanks for the tips, guys! Just added a new post on the closure.
    • Not so
      Talked to the District Manager when they were running the sales. Rents went up and traffic to the store went down. To bad as I rarely have time to go to a mall. Circle Center was easy to get to at lunch time as a Downtown worker. One more reason to not go there now.

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    1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

    2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

    3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

    4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

    5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.