Roundup: Coffee shop expanding downtown, new restaurant in Fletcher Place

December 10, 2013
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Hubbard & Cravens Coffee Co. is planning to expand downtown by opening two locations in the spring. The local coffee and tea shop will take 600 square feet in the Barnes & Thornburg lobby at 11 S. Meridian St., and also will occupy space in Market Tower at 10 W. Market St.

Hubbard cravens 225pxFounded in 1991 by Rick Hubbard and Jerry Cravens, the company has shops at 4930 N. Pennsylvania St., 6229 Carrollton Ave. and at 703 Veteran’s Way at Carmel City Center.

Ember Urban Eatery has opened at 435 Virginia Ave. in the Villaggio building in space formerly occupied by Donatos. The restaurant is operated by Rob and Shelly Odendahl and open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Menu items, ranging from burgers to vegetarian plates, are priced from $10 to $30.

That Fun Place Family Center has opened a second location, at 707 S. Madison Ave. in Greenwood. The family entertainment center has taken 10,000 square feet near East Smith Valley Road formerly occupied by Bounce Spot. That Fun Place features laser tag, bumper cars, black-light miniature golf, a playground, an arcade and private party rooms. Michael and Christina Hilton opened their first Fun Place in Greenfield in 2006.

Cheddar's Casual Cafe plans to open a second Indianapolis area restaurant on the south side near the Interstate 65 interchange with County Line Road. The Texas-based chain of traditional American restaurants, which opened its first local location in 2012 along Rockville Road in Avon, will open the restaurant in 10,000 square feet at 5151 Noggle Way, next to a Hilton Garden Inn.  

Outback Steakhouse is building a restaurant on North Michigan Road in Carmel next to Olive Garden, which opened Dec. 2. Outback has five locations in the metropolitan area—three in Indianapolis and one in Avon and Greenwood.

Jersey Mike's Subs plans to take 1,386 square feet at 2271 Pointe Parkway in the Merchants Pointe shopping center near East 116th Street and Keystone Parkway in Carmel. The location would be the city’s fourth for the New Jersey-based chain.

Chick-fil-A plans to build a 4,500-square-foot restaurant at 6231 N. Keystone Ave where a Fazoli’s is located.

Taco Bell plans to build a 1,900-square-foot restaurant at 5030 Cambridge Way near Indiana 267 and north of Interstate 70, in Plainfield.


  • A closer Chick-Fil-A
    It'll be nice having a Chick-fil-A closer than 82nd & Dean, but I do wonder what'll happen to that Fazoli's. Closing? Moving?
  • Hubbard
    That is great about Hubbard & Craven's moving downtown, though I hope they don't get swamped by the bazillion Starbucks down here. As a worker at Market Tower, it will be nice to be able to get to someplace without going outside.
  • Georgetown Road
    Does anyone know what is being built around 54th and Georgetown Rd? Looks like maybe a Golden Corral? What about 46th and Lafayette Rd on westside of the road?
  • H&C Needs Longer Hours!
    I try to support the local business when I can, but I tried to have an evening meeting at H&C the other day at 7pm. They were closed. I took my meeting to Starbucks.
  • Fazoli's
    I too would be interested in knowing what's happening to Fazoli's. If they're closing that spot, I hope they open another close by. For "fast Italian" it's not bad.
  • Small Coffee Roaster in Downtown
    There is an excellent local coffee roaster downtown in the Pan Am Plaza building. Bee Coffee Roaster, serving great coffees and lighter roasted beans.
  • Carmel - DT
    Are they relocating the Outback Steakhouse from their 86th and Michigan location? If not it would seem pretty redundant. I live on west 96th street and I could get to both locations in like 10 mins. I would've preferred a Red Lobster at that location. I am very glad to hear that something's going into the other half of the Barnes & Thornburg complex though.
  • H&C
    LOVE H&C and glad to see them make a move downtown. Question for them: I wonder if they would consider placing a coffee shop in the new Ironworks building at 86th street. It would be a perfect location for a homegrown brand. Yes, SBX is near by, but a local brand would nice... Just saying...
  • Ember Urban Eatery
    I have had lunch and dinner at Ember. The food was was amazing. We had the Deans burger and brisket for lunch. The wings started our dinner, they were great and not like any others you will find in the city. Try the flat iron steak over the potato hash and the four cheese pasta is to die for.
  • Ember Urban Eatery
    Forgot to mention. They are still waiting on their beer and wine permit. Hopefully in late December but I have to say, I didn't mind. The food and atmosphere was worth it.
  • H&C
    Hubbard & Cravens is opening 2 new stores downtown, but abruptly closed the location in Fairbanks Hall on campus. What's up with that?
    • No more HC at IU Health
      The Hubbard and Cravens also closed inside Riley. They must not have renewed their lease with IU Health. I heard Copper Moon is coming in. Very excited about HC in the B&T building!
    • H&C
      As I heard, Hubbard & Cravens was not even offered the opportunity to renew their lease in their 4 IU Health Locations (Methodist, University, Riley and Fairbanks).

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