King David selling beer; South of Chicago expanding

May 13, 2013
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King David dogs logo 225pxNothing is more American than beer and a hot dog, and now patrons of King David Dogs can indulge in the tradition. The downtown eatery has received its beer permit and is selling local Sun King brews—the Wee Mac, Sunlight Cream Ale and Osiris Pale Ale—in 16-ounce cans. “We thought beer would be a good addition,” owner Brent Joseph said. “Beer and hot dogs go together pretty well.” King David’s new summer hours may help entice customers to pop the tab on a cold one. The restaurant will remain open on Thursdays and Fridays until at least 8:30 p.m., Joseph said.

Another local eatery, South of Chicago Pizza and Beef, is expanding into Hamilton County. Business has been so good at the Fletcher Place restaurant on Virginia Avenue that owner Bob Jaeger is taking his deep dish offerings to Fishers. He plans to open a location in the Bonn Building within Saxony near Interstate 69 by early July. Jaeger, a Windy City native, says he hopes the restaurant will attract more families. “I was hoping to get that downtown, but it hasn’t happened,” he said. Still, “Friday and Saturday night we’re slammed, and lunches are out the door.” Jaeger says he’s also scouting locations in Greenwood, though those plans likely are a year away.

  • Sounds Good!
    Good for them, and even better that it is local beer! Scott> I've noticed that the corner spot that used to house the Obama Campaign HQ in the Penn Arts building has the big orange liquor permit notice in the window. Any news on what is going in there?
  • Great pizza!
    I love King David dogs - beer is an excellent addition! I recently had South of Chicago pizza and it was really delicious! Congrats to them on their 2nd location.Perhaps they would also consider a South Broad Ripple store as well.
  • More local beer?
    Why does every business act like they are the only place you can find local beer? I'm dying for some variety in the local beer scene--by which I mean some non-Indiana options.
    • uh, what?
      ^ wait. what?
    • Thirsty Scholar
      The orange sign at 16th/Penn says "Thirsty Scholar" on it. Being right across the street from Herron High, I wonder if they're going to have any problems at their hearing.
    • RE: Skeptic
      Skeptic, I agree with you 100%. I am sick of seeing Cream Ale, Osiris and Wee Mac EVERYWHERE. How about carrying some beers from some of the other wonderful craft breweries in Indiana??
      • King David
        King David Dogs is delicious! Wish they had more locations.
      • Why
        What's with all of these Chicago style eateries flooding the city as of late? Indianapolis isn't affiliated with Chicago. If you want Chicago food, go down there to get it.
        • You can't be serious.
          By that logic all we should be serving in Indianapolis is breaded tenderloins and sweet corn. You want Italian? Head to Italy. You want Chinese? Better get your application in soon for a tourist visa. Chicago has some great food traditions (like deep dish pizza) that fit well and serve to expand the culinary offerings in our city.
        • More Beer Choices
          Skeptic...I'm not too much of a beer drinker myself but I've heard Shallo's on the southside has a lot of good beer choices. My daughter lives in Broad Ripple but she loves the beer choices at Shallo's. I read on their website that they have more than 300 different bottled beers and 40 different draft beers. They aren't a brewry though but a brewhouse. Just thought I'd let you know.
        • To No
          Go down there to get it??? You mean up there :) Just yanking your chain. I think one of the reasons we are seeing more places to eat that came from Chicago is because Indy's rent is cheaper. This is what I have heard. Some have come from NY also. I know of a pizza place that started in NY and they are now in Indy. I believe it is a family owned business. I know it's not a chain.
        • Sun King Hustle
          Could it be that the reason you aren't seeing more beer options is because Sun King is just better at marketing themselves and getting exclusivity? It's all business, and I bet all of these outlets didn't start out thinking, "Let's just have Sun King!" Then when they started to make concrete plans, Sun King made an offer that was better. Pretty simple, actually....
        • Sun King
          Nick, there is a reason why all the other breweries in Indiana dislike Sun King...
          • So...
            So? Unless they're breaking the law, then they are just doing business better than the others. Last time I checked, this was a market economy...
          • Pizza Lover
            Can't wait for South of Chicago to open its new location in Fishers. You can't find pizza like this at Hotbox, Marco's, or any of the other "chains". I would also highly recommend the Italian Beef or the meatballs!
          • Sun King plus!
            Other brewers not liking Sun King? You couldn't be more wrong. Indiana brewers are a collaborative bunch who celebrate each other's successes. (P.S. I just wish King David Dogs would open on weekends.)
          • Local beers
            You need to get out more. Lots and lots of places in the metro area serve a variety of Indiana and Midwest beers. I'd recommend Twenty Tap for starters.
          • Sun King
            There might be some truth behind the "other brewers in Indiana dislike Sun King" statement. And it's not just because of their popularity or marketing skills, it's because of a general dislike of the quality and taste of their beer by the beer "snobs" and enthusiasts in the city. I'm not saying I necessarily agree with that nor that 100% all brewers and homebrewers feel this way. I'm just saying this is the general gist I get from a lot of them. I'm pretty active in the home-brewing community and also my husband is a brewer at a local brewery. Behind closed doors (and sometimes not so closed doors) a lot of them diss on the taste of Sun King beers. Some of the snide may be from jealousy though.
            • hate for other breweries
              Believe me, I've been around the sun king game. They mostly hate all the beer in town except theirs. They trash everyone and then smile to their faces at events and brewery tappings. I love 99% of their beer and they have tons of good people working for them. Just wish Indys beer scene could be friendly in the open and behind closed doors.

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