Roundup: Graeter’s selects Butler-Tarkington location

August 6, 2013
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From ice cream to steak: Graeter’s finalizes plans to open first Indianapolis location; Mo’s … A Place for Steaks undergoes name change.

Graeters_ice_cream_logo_225pxGraeter’s, the historic Cincinnati-based ice cream shop, has signed a lease to occupy 2,142 square feet at 5560 N. Illinois St. in the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood. The location formerly occupied by Curley’s Cleaners will be the chain’s first store in Indianapolis. Franchisee Jim Tedesco plans to seek a zoning variance Aug. 15 and open by the end of the year, said his broker, Steve Delaney of Sitehawk Retail Real Estate.

IBJ first reported in May that Graeter’s was scouting locations in Indianapolis.

Mo’s … A Place For Steaks has undergone a name change and is now known as J. Hamman Prime, in recognition of the chain’s manager, Jeremiah Hamman. The restaurant has locations downtown at 47 S. Pennsylvania St. and at Clay Terrace in Carmel.

Hamman said he has plans to open in Cincinnati this fall and is targeting Austin and Dallas for future expansion. The new name should eliminate any confusion with other establishments that use the Mo’s brand, including Mo’s Irish Pub and Moe’s Southwest Grill, he said.

TekMentum has opened at 10 N. Pennsylvania St. in space formerly occupied by Cartridge World. The company is a division of locally based KPaul Properties LLC that provides branded hardware and software products.

The space recently was bought by local developer Keystone Group as part of its purchase of the neighboring building that formerly housed a Dunkin Donuts.

Plans for the building at the high-profile corner of Washington and Pennsylvania streets include adding a second story in hopes of luring a national restaurant.     

It’s All Greek to Me has signed a lease for the freestanding 2,520-square-foot former Donato’s Pizza building located at 3530 Mann Road. The restaurant should open within the next 45 days and will be the first location for the Greek restaurant, operated by the owners of the local Flap-Jacks Pancake House chain, Pete and Debora Avgerinos.

Red Line Frozen Yogurt plans to open later this month within 1,870 square feet at Arlington Commons, 5920 E. Stop 11 Road near Arlington Avenue on the city's south side. Red Line has an existing shop in Plainfield.

Firehouse Subs opened its 10th location in Indianapolis late last month, at 5841 Crawfordsville Road. The restaurant is operated by local franchisees John Moore and Ian Brown.

Curries & Chutneys, an Indian restaurant, has opened at 8840 N. Michigan Road, Suite 105. The menu features ethnic sweet and spicy recipes.

The Ugly Monkey bar at 373 S. Illinois St. has closed.

  • Graeter's new to Indy
    The Graeter's opening will be the first to Indy, but there are a few already opened in southern Indiana.
    • No Greaters in IN
      To clarify the above post, the soon-to-be-opened Greaters location here will be the first true store in Indiana. Graeters considers their store in New Albany to be in their Kentucky (Louisville) market, and the store in the former Ceasers Indiana isn't considered a true Graeters.
    • ex-buckeye
      Why wouldn't they open in Carmel???? :(
      • Re: Lynne H
        Because Butler-Tarkington is the best place to live and do business (not that I'm biased or anything)! :)
      • Yippee!
        Thank God they're not opening in Carmel!!! Indy deserves nice things too.
      • Hooray!
        Well, I wish we could have snagged them for Broad Ripple, but 56th & IL is a great location. A few months ago I had my first experience with this company at one of their Cincinnati-area stores and it was outstanding. They still hand-pack the take-away containers of ice-cream. Pricing is a little high, ala BRIC and others, but worth it. Be sure to give it a try.
      • Graeter's
        Graeter's is the real deal. Although this is the Hoosier state and they need a Cream and Crimson flavor to rival Buckeye Blitz. OSU might be big in Ohio, but you are in a rival market now. Not going to fly.
      • Finally..
        ...something that is NOT opening in Carmel! Three cheers for filling existing urban spaces in walkable neighborhoods!
      • Panera
        When did Panera close their East Washington Street Store? Panera is VERY good but way too overpriced for us Easy Side, common folk.
      • Aglamesis Brothers
        Happy that Graeters is coming to Indy, but if you are in Cincinnati, you might as well go to Aglamesis Brothers. Much better product.
      • Irvington Ice Cream shop
        Locally owned Wyliepalooza's Ice Cream Emporium has opened in Irvington. They carry some Lick ice cream flavors, and bubble tea.
        • Gwood
          In the Greenwood Park Mall a Pandora Store, Naked Chopsticks, and Victoria's Secret is opening in the coming months.
          • Graeters
            As the Graeter's franchisee owner I want to clarify that this will be our 3rd store in Indiana. The first of many to come. In Indianapolis. The store on the Horseshoe Casino is considered a Graeter's store and the New Albany store. Theses stores are owned by the Louisville franchisee who also will own and operate the Indianapolis stores. Don't worry Carmel we are looking in your neighborhood and we are excited about our 56th street location. Please come and check us out.
            • Bring Business to Garfield Park
              It's great seeing all of the traditioanl areas building new business, but I believe a lot of small business owners are missing incredibly affordable opportunities for redevelopment in the Garfield Park Business. Space is filling up in Fountain Square and Virginia Avenue, so the next natural step is to come down Shelby and set-up on the Garfield Park business corridor in front of the city's oldest, historic and incredibly amenity filled park. The area is ripe for a coffee shot, bike/scooter rental, restaurants, ice cream/yogurt, dry cleaners, etc.
            • Blue Bell is better
              Can't say I care where the store is located. Now that we can get Blue Bell ice cream here, there is no need to overspend on Graeters
              • scott olson
                i just want to say what a great job scott olson is doing as well. i love the blog and reading all about our great city and all the economic opportunities that are coming to our local neighborhoods. i am a huge ambassador to indy and welcome all the new businesses from here and afar...!!!! it is a wonderful place to sell real estate too..
              • Blue Bell?
                Really? good laugh though!
              • Greenwood Mall
                Nick...Greenwood Mall has had a Victoria Secret for a long time. Is the store changing? I so wish they had a store that sold their cloths and not just underwear. Also where is Naked Chopsticks opening? Thank you :)
              • Ugly Monkey
                I thought the Ugly Monkey had closed years ago.
              • Wyliepalooza's Ice Cream Emporium
                That's great to know! Love Irvington and ice cream. Just had Lick ice cream not too long ago at Calvin Fletcher Coffee Company - delicious! The Irvington Development Organization and the residents of Irvington have done and outstanding job to evolve their community and resdients of Garfield Park are working diligently with our associations, CDC's, etc. to encourage new busienss in the Garfield Park Business Corridor down to UIndy and over to the Madison Avenue Gateway.
              • To Kathy
                Kathy: Yes, they are adding another Victoria's secret, guess I should have clarified that. It is being built in between Express and Crazy 8. As for Naked Chopsticks, I think it may be going in the food court where the Mexican restaurant just closed.
              • Why a variance?
                Why does Graeter's need a variance to occupy the space formerly taken by the cleaners?
                • Re: Idyllic Indy
                  They need a variance because it is changing use from the current walk-out cleaners to a dine-in restaurant. They do not have enough parking as required by the suburban zoning codes. Also, it is within 100' of a dwelling district (see house just to the south of it beyond the food emporium). That proximity requires a variance for "carry out food" which this ice cream parlor would have.
                • RE: Idyllic Indy
                  Idyllic Indy, they need a variance because Indy is pretty much zoned to be a giant suburb with seas of parking lots.
                • Thank You!
                  Wonderful...not enuf flavors @ Kroger's!!! Will try 56th St. in the meantime.
                • Carmel
                  I find the jealous comments about the city of Carmel humorous. The Graeters story had absolutely nothing to do with Carmel, yet a few couldn't help but comment on it. If you twits are so jealous, why don't you just move there already.
                  • Southside
                    Nick...thank you for your response. Julie Bush, I like the idea of developing the Garfield Park area too. I work close to there and a coffee shop would be awesome.
                    • LOL
                      Anybody who claims BLUE BELL is great (which there are many)...obviously has not eaten real ice cream!!!
                    • Cleaners?
                      Did Curly's close for good or just move? I've gotten good service/cleaning there...
                    • Carmel
                      John, get over yourself. No one is jealous of Carmel. It is a sleepy Midwestern suburb, and I don't mean that as a slam, just a statement of fact. The only reason Carmel came up was because some poster, who I assume is a Carmel resident, asked why this ice cream store wasn't opening up in Carmel instead of Butler Tarkington. So, blame that individual for bringing up the topic, and get a grip and calm down.

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