Mass Ave roundup: Union 50, Nine Irish Brothers

January 9, 2014
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Here's an update on some new eatery offerings that have been in the works for downtown's Massachusetts Avenue:

Nine Irish Brothers restaurant is the first retail tenant to sign a lease to occupy space in the Milliken on Mass project. The $23 million development across from the Athenaeum at Michigan Street and Mass Ave includes 144 affordable and market-rate apartments and retail/restaurant space.

Nine Irish Brothers is operated by Jerry O’Bryan, the youngest of nine brothers, and has locations in Lafayette and West Lafayette. The restaurant plans to occupy 4,200 square feet in the Milliken project and should be open in April.

The restaurant’s menu of traditional Irish fare includes fish and chips, Guinness stew, Shepherd’s Pie and corned beef.

All of the restaurant’s furnishings will be shipped directly from Ireland, said O’Bryan, who visited in December to select the items.

“We looked in Indianapolis for about three years and we liked the Mass Ave spot,” said O’Bryan, a Lebanon native. “I can’t tell you how excited I am to come to Indianapolis.”

Union 50 restaurant
                              site 225pxUnion 50 is a new offering from local restaurateur Mike Cunningham, who operates Mass Ave eateries Bru and Mesh.

The restaurant will be located at 620 N. East St., just north of Massachusetts Avenue, and should be open in May, Cunningham said. Demo work has started, with construction slated for February.

Union 50 takes its name from the history of the building, which was built in 1950 and served several years as a union hall.

Cunningham described the restaurant's fare as “chef-driven American cuisine.” It will be open for dinner only and will feature live music.

Pizzology should open in the former Aesop’s Tables space at 600 Massachusetts Ave. by March, owner Neal Brown said.

Brown hoped to open about a month earlier but has been delayed a bit by a zoning variance he submitted to the city for parking.

Besides taking the space at 600 Massachusetts Ave. formerly occupied by Aesop's Tables, he’ll also take a space next door, giving him a total of 3,600 square feet. That’s about 700 square feet more than Brown has at this Carmel restaurant, which he launched in 2009.

Outliers Brewing Co. at 534 E. North St., nearly across the street from the Pizzology location, opened in early December. The production brewer, operated by Broad Ripple’s Brugge Brasserie owner Ted Miller, provides beer to local bars and restaurants.

By March, Outliers should be serving beer growlers to the public, Miller said. And a brewpub called The Owner’s Wife should open next door by late spring.

The restaurant will take about 3,800 square feet, Miller said.

  • Wonderful
    Mass Ave is BOOMING!!! Love to see all of these new, local places opening up!
  • 3 Irish Pubs?
    Won't that be the third Irish-themed restaurant on Mass Ave? Hmm
    • 3rd Irish restaurant?
      Curious - what are the other Irish-themed restaurants? I can't think of any. MacNivens is Scottish, Chatham is English.
      • Liberty Street?
        Why did you leave Liberty Street off of this list???
      • HORRAY!
        Finally some more bars. The ones that exist are so crowded all the time! And pleased to see something other than a local brewery
      • Mass Ave
        Mass Ave truly is one of the jewels that make downtown living so fun and exciting! I love the way that this neighborhood is becoming so dense and lively. Hopefully, we'll start to see more of this type of development on the west side of downtown with all the projects in process and proposed.
      • Hotel
        Mass Ave needs a hotel. Can we revive the hotel concept for the old fire station??
        • Hotel
          I agree, Mass Ave definitely needs a hotel!! A 21C would be a great fit!
          • OMG A 21C!!!!!!!!11one
            Who are you people that comment "WE NEED A 21C IT WULD BE PERFFFFFECT!!!" in every single thread?
          • Mr. 21c
            I would assume the people who scream 21c have actually stayed in one and had a great experience. Their mixture of art, food, and hotel would be the perfect combination for Mass Ave. to take it to the next level. But hey, I would be all for a W Hotel as well downtown.
          • 21C
            I think a 21c or the like would be perfect for Old City Hall, and the proximity to Mass Ave would be a perfect fit. I still believe that the Old Fire Station should and needs to be residential mixed use. There also needs to be some sort of addressing of parking. I don't think a stand alone garage like Broad Ripple, but just something to help. Yes, yes, I know this shouldn't be an issue in an urban area, and once all the apartment stock comes on line in the surrounding area, it is going to be a much more pedestrian level experience, but if they address it now, it will alleviate some hate and discontent down the road.
          • irish restaurant
            Claddagh Irish Pub
          • Nine Irish
            Being here in West Lafayette it always astounds me how popular Nine Irish Brothers is. The place is crowded all the time. Not that I particularly care for faux Irish pubs but this should hit a home run for Mass. Ave. and fill up with suburbanites. Doesn’t beat the Rathskeller for me though. Keep it real you know.
          • Nine Irish Brothers!!!
            I'm so excited that I won't have to drive to Lafayette to visit Nine Irish Brothers! I LOVE that place!
          • Why a hotel?
            Plenty of nice B&Bs within walking distance for someone who would have a need to stay right near Mass Ave (who would?) and given the 60-70% occupancy of all our other downtown hotels, there certainly isn't market demand.
          • 21C
            Something like a 21C would be perfect for Mass Ave. With all the great shows and concerts that occur at the many venues on Mass Ave, I'm sure it would be a hit with those staying overnight in our city to attend these events. With no mass transit and TERRIBLE cab service in Indy, it takes quite the effort to get to a hotel downtown from Mass Ave.
          • Alan B...
            Something tells me you don't quite understand how hotel occupancy rates should be measured. And why WOULDN'T someone want to stay in a hotel near Mass Ave with the lively atmosphere that surrounds it.
          • What Mass Ave Really Needs
            A good bakery shop (with freshly made bread, not cupcakes), a little convenience store (where you can buy a newspaper and some milk), an Artisan food/wine shop (a place to pick up a good vino and some cheese), a boutique movie theater (like the Electric in London), a good Asian restaurant, a place to get gyros at 2am after all the bars close, taxi cab waiting areas (so people can get home safely).....

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