Roundup: New crepe place, bakery and brew pub

April 1, 2014
Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

Our latest roundup is packed with new downtown activity, including plans for a French crepe-themed restaurant, in addition to a new bakery and brew pub.

Cest Ci Bon, an authentic French crepe-themed eatery, is set to open in early July at 735-739 Massachusetts Ave., north of Mesh. French natives Stephane and Kathy Coueffee bought the 3,900-square-foot space and are moving to Indianapolis to be closer to family, said Hamada Ibrahim of R.P. Lux Commercial Real Estate Services, who represented the buyers.

The restaurant will occupy 2,600 square feet of the space, Ibrahim said. Part of the space was formerly occupied by Complexions Spa Salon & Boutique, which moved to 5420 N. College Ave.

Also in the area:

Pizzology at 600 Massachusetts Ave. should open in early May, says owner Neal Brown.

Brown had hoped to open in the former Aesop’s Tables space by March but was delayed by a zoning variance he submitted to the city for parking.

Brown also is taking the space next door on Mass Ave, giving him a total of 3,600 square feet. That’s about 700 square feet more than Brown has at this Carmel pizza restaurant, which he launched in 2009.
 
Bakery sign 225A&M Bakery Café opened March 31 at 101 W. Ohio St. in space last occupied by two restaurants—Mama Java’s and Sunnyd’s Café. Hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with catering services available.

The café’s menu features cinnamon rolls by owner George Taylor and Seattle’s Best coffee for breakfast, and sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups and desserts for lunch.

Taylor chose to open the restaurant after spending more than 25 years working as an accountant and office manager in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. Taylor has been selling his baked goods at local farmers’ markets for nearly a decade.

Tow Yard Brewing opened March 21 in the former Chateau Thomas Winery building at the south end of downtown across from the Rolls-Royce Meridian Center.

Besides its own brew, Tow Yard features guest taps from other local breweries to showcase Indiana craft beer. It also highlights locally sourced food in its walk-up meat deli at 501 S. Madison Ave.

Shawn Cannon, who operates Fireside Brewhouse, is among the investors in Tow Yard Brewing.

The historic building, completed in 1900, houses 24 loft apartments, mostly on the upper two levels. The ground floor has been vacant for several years and was last occupied by the winery.

The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art will add 3,000 square feet of exhibition space in September at downtown’s CityWay multiuse development. The space is under construction in The Alexander hotel’s south plaza lobby.

IMOCA also has 2,500 square feet of exhibit space at The Murphy Art Center in Fountain Square at 1043 Virginia Ave.

McAlister’s Deli is set to open this summer in space at Castleton Square Mall formerly occupied by Stir Crazy.

The Oxford, Miss.-based chain known for its large cookies and Southern-style sweet tea has 12 locations in the Indianapolis area.

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt is open at Broad Ripple Garage & Shoppes and is occupying 1,860 square feet in the ground level of the parking garage.

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is making a push in the Indianapolis area. AFC Enterprises Inc., the Atlanta-based company that franchises the restaurants, has filed plans to open at 2402 E. 38th St., 9403 Ambleside Drive in Fishers, 9302 E. U.S. 36 in Avon, and 2440 N. Lebanon St. in Lebanon.

Popeyes operates nine restaurants in the Indianapolis area.

Dairy Queen/Orange Julius in Circle Centre Mall closed March 16.
 

ADVERTISEMENT
  • A&M Bakery Cafe
    A&M Bakery Cafe is also serving Liberaton Roasting coffee as fresh, locally roasted coffee. We're excited to work with him. His Cinamon rolls are incredible and happy he has found another outlet for his baking.
    • Dairy Queen/Orange Julius
      Had no idea they were in the mall. Maybe the mall should have had a sign by the elevators to let the downtown workers an vistors know they were in the mall on the upper level. First time I heard about it was when I saw the article about them closing. Says something about the mall and the marketing.... Downtown worker
    • yeah liberation roasting
      I love Liberation Roasting coffee. So glad to see it being served at more and more places around town.
    • Firehouse
      Not sure if this was mentioned previously, but the Firehouse Subs next to Orange Leaf in Broad Ripple is closed.
    • Already?
      Already? That Firehouse Subs JUST opened like last July...you'd think that space would get more attention than the one on South Emerson or the one at 86th & Michigan...

    Post a comment to this blog

    COMMENTS POLICY
    We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
     
    You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
     
    Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
     
    No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
     
    We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
     

    Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

    Sponsored by
    ADVERTISEMENT
    1. In response to Sassafras, I have to ask if you relocated directly from Bloomington to Carmel? First, as you point out, Carmel is 48 square miles. Do you think it’s possible that some areas are more densely developed than others? That might explain traffic density in some places while others are pretty free moving. Second, your comment “have you ever been to Chicago--or just about any city outside of Indiana?” belies your bias. I don’t know, Sassafras, have you never been to Nashville, Columbus, OH, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Kansas City, Denver, Phoenix? They’re not a lot different in density than Indy. One more thing…I understand these comment sections are for expressing opinions, so those of us just looking for facts have to be patient, but you mention “low-density” Indy. How many cities in the US comprise 400 square miles with about 10% of that still being agricultural? Those facts certainly can impact the statistics.

    2. With all the past shady actions of Duke with utility regulators, one wonders do they really need such a huge amount? Concerned regulators not protecting ratepayers from the aggressive Duke monolith.

    3. I thought that had to be the way it was but had to ask because I wasn't sure. Thanks Again!

    4. I could be wrong, but I don't think Butler views the new dorm as mere replacements for Schwitzer and or Ross.

    5. An increase of only 5% is awesome compared to what most consumers face or used to face before passage of the ACA. Imagine if the Medicaid program had been expanded to the 400k Hoosiers that would be eligible, the savings would have been substantial to the state and other policy holders. The GOP predictions of plan death spirals, astronomical premium hikes and shortages of care are all bunk. Hopefully voters are paying attention. The Affordable Care Act (a.k.a Obamacare), where fully implemented, has dramatically reduced the number of uninsured and helped contained the growth in healthcare costs.

    ADVERTISEMENT