Roundup: La Mulita, Artisano's, Tinker Street

March 18, 2014
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La Mulita, a new cantina-style restaurant and bar, is set to open March 19 in the same building that houses Latin eatery Delicia at 5215 N. College Ave. in the Meridian-Kessler neighborhood.
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La Mulita and Delicia are led by Bill Ficca, Jamie Browning and Tim and Nicole Oprisu. Parts of the ownership group operate several restaurants in Broad Ripple, including 317 Burger, Northside Social and Usual Suspects.

Artisano’s Oils & Spices is taking the last available space, 1,283 square feet, in Nora Shops West. Artisano’s offers oils, spices, vinegars and salts from around the world and is moving from its location across the street at 1101 E 86th St., Suite B.

Artisano’s received national exposure in a January episode of the NBC television show "Parks and Recreation," during a scene at a farmer’s market in which the retailer had a booth.

The North End is the name of Ryan Nelson’s new barbecue restaurant, opening at Nora Shops West in May. Nelson is chef/owner of Late Harvest Kitchen at The Shops at River Crossing.

Tinker Street, from local restaurateurs Peter George and Tom Main, is expected to open this summer at 402 E. 16th St., according to the Eat Drink Indy blog. Tinker Street, a nod to 16th Street’s original name, will have a strong focus on meatless fare, but will not be a completely vegetarian restaurant. Entrees will likely top out around $16.

Stacked Pickle, a homegrown restaurant and bar chain, plans to open its first stand-alone restaurant at East Southport Road and McFarland Boulevard. Owner Chris Long hopes to break ground in April on the 4,000-square-foot restaurant—his fourth Stacked Pickle location.

Hot Mama, a women’s clothing store for mothers, is opening March 26 at Clay Terrace. The Edina, Minn.-based company’s only other Indiana store is at The Fashion Mall.

• Greenwood Park Mall openings: Charming Charlie, a women’s accessory store; Naked Tchopstix, a locally owned sushi restaurant; Charley's Philly Steaks; Tuscanos Brazillian Grill;  and Visionworks, a provider of eye care services with more than 620 stores nationwide.

Bubba 33, a concept by Texas Roadhouse, has filed plans to build an 8,400-square-foot restaurant at 9770 North by Northeast Blvd., north of East 96th Street in Fishers. Texas Roadhouse has six restaurants in the Indianapolis area, including one in Fishers near Indiana 37 and East 131st Street.

The RoomPlace is renovating 40,500 square feet at 8401 Michigan Road on the city’s northwest side. The space was formerly occupied by a Gold’s Gym. The Woodridge, Ill.-based furniture store has locations in Castleton, Carmel and Greenwood.

Dough Momma’s Pizza is taking 2,390 square feet at 6125 E. Thompson Road on the city’s southeast side.

Planet Fitness has opened in 12,690 square feet formerly occupied by a CVS at 7451 N. Shadeland Ave. The clubs are open 24 hours Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends. The New Hampshire-based fitness chain has eight locations in the Indianapolis area.

Now for closings:

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt at 309 S. Delaware St. in CityWay has shut its doors.

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt and Bachrach at Hamilton Town Center have closed.

• Washington Square Mall has lost BonWorth, MCL Restaurant & Bakery, and Rack Room Shoes, and will be without Foot Locker soon. The store is moving to 9729 E. Washington St., formerly occupied by the east side Comic Carnival location.


  • La Mulita
    Will Rick Rising Moore pull out all the stops to block La Mulita from opening like he did with Delicia? I hope everyone is still following through on their comments about never patronizing the Aristocrat ever again for the childish stunt he pulled.
  • CityWay
    OrangeLeaf didn't make it very long at CityWay. Looks like Qdoba is the lone store along Delaware. Is CityWay or the City for that matter helping to bring retailers/restaurants to this spot? This CityWay project was lauded as a huge impact to the area and so far....not so good.
  • Stacked Pickle
    I'm just looking for some clarification about the Stacked Pickle. They've had a location at 172 Melody Ln in Greenwood since last year in the retail center. Are they planning a free standing building in front of the center?
  • better...
    The Aristocrat is doing better than ever since their renovation. Sorry to burst your bubble, Jim.
  • Stacked Pickle
    Pat: I indeed included the wrong address for the new Stacked Pickle. It has been corrected. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.
  • Southside vs. Greenwood
    Since East Southport Road and McFarland Road is Southside Indy, is the restaurant actually in Greenwood and the intersection is incorrect?
    • Southport Road
      Southport road is north of County Line road, so that's Indy not Greenwood.
      • Stacked Pickle
        I'm assuming that Stacked Pickle is going in at Southport and McFarland BOULEVARD with the other restaurants there and not McFarland Road. Can you clarify?
      • Noblesville is not greenwood
        Tuscanos Brazillian Grill opened in Hamilton Towne Center, thats a world away from Greenwood Park Mall. Maybe they are looking into renting there, but they haven't opened or started construction.
        • Orange Leaf
          It seems to me there is some shady business going on with Orange Leaf franchises, at least downtown. When you look at the never opened on on Mass Ave and now the closed one here, you have to wonder what else is going on. Of course, this might just be the over-saturation of the market talking, too. With Yolk opening soon, I don't think CityWay has anything to worry about.
        • Greenwood
          I think he meant those places are coming to the Greenwood Park Mall. My guess is Tuscano's is taking the vacant Bravos location.
          • Firehouse Subs?
            The Firehouse Subs location in the new Broad Ripple parking garage has closed already - any word on why and what might replace it?
          • But.....
            I can guess that too. When your job is to state facts, just be correct.
          • Texas Roadhouse
            According to the North of 96th blog here on IBJ, the restaurant being built on North by Northeast Blvd is not a Texas Roadhouse but another restaurant called Bubbas 33 that is owned by the Texas Roadhouse company. Just wanted to clarify that.
          • Some good news....
            I heard the Broad Ripple office building (on College & Kessler) got approved 5-2. Great news for Broad Ripple and Indianapolis!
          • exactly
            Just because it's south of 465 doesn't mean it's Greenwood. It's like saying 79th and Ditch Rd. in Carmel.
          • Delicia/Mulita
            I thought that the only way Delicia got approved to go in by the city was because they were going to split that building up, have a lunch restaurant, and a dinner restaurant. That way there weren't any parking concerns. Am I remembering that wrong?
          • Thought so
   How'd they get around this?
            • Confused why you are confused
              Does it matter? An exciting, local restaurant is opening in an abandoned suburban-style building that used to house a movie rental place. Some might call that progress.
            • Stacked Pickle, Texas Roadhouse
              The items have been updated to reflect the correct information. Thanks for reading.
            • Principle
              It doesn't matter to you, New SoBro resident, but it might matter to other businesses that have attempted to add some progress to the area, but were rejected or forced to modify their business plan to get approval. An even playing field would be nice.

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