Roundup: Scotty's Brewhouse openings, Mo's returning and more

April 10, 2014
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Scotty’s Brewhouse owner Scott Wise is a busy guy these days.

He’s set to open a restaurant in Brownsburg on Monday and another in Carmel on April 21, his eighth and ninth Brewhouse locations.

Wise is taking 4,500 square feet formerly occupied by a wing joint in Brownsburg at 251 W. Northfield Drive near North Green Street and Interstate 74, and 6,500 square feet in Carmel at 110 W. Main St. where Detour: An American Grille was located. It abruptly closed in February.

The Brownsburg space is a bit smaller than a typical Scotty’s—about 6,000 square feet—but Wise thinks the restaurant will work just fine.

scotty_brewhouse_225px“We started getting too large at 10,000 square feet, and downtown is even 12,000,” he said. “It’s a little tight in certain areas, but sometimes that’s how you maximize your profit and sales.”

Regarding the downtown location at 1 Virginia Ave. (pictured), the space is so large that Wise told Property Lines in August that he had started searching for a tenant to sublease about 2,500 square feet.

Wise said he’s still interested in shrinking the space, although nothing is being actively pursued. He’s had a few discussions with Wheeler Mission about a soup kitchen that would be a “pay-what-you-can-afford type of thing,” he said.

In other news:

Chipotle opened April 6 at 6 E. Washington St. as part of Uptown Realty Investors’ Six East development. The Denver-based fast-casual Mexican eatery has five restaurants in Indianapolis, and one each in Carmel and Avon.

Lorenzo’s Ristorante at 15 E. Maryland St. downtown closed April 4 and is being rebranded as either a Mo’s steakhouse or Mo's Irish pub, according to the restaurant’s website. Mo’s A Place for Steaks opened in 2003 at 47 S. Pennsylvania St. just north of Bankers Life Fieldhouse and last fall was taken over by new owners. Its name was changed to J Hamman Prime and then to Prime 47. The second name change was necessary after former operator and co-owner Jeremiah Hamman left in October.

Mo’s website says former Lorenzo’s partner Geoffrey Browning will play a “significant role” in the new venture. The upscale Italian eatery opened in 2011 in the space formerly occupied by Ambrosia Centro.

Chuy’s is set to open April 22 at 14150 Town Center Blvd. in Noblesville’s Hamilton Town Center. Founded in 1982 in Austin, Texas, the Tex-Mex chain is known for its eclectic atmosphere.

Charlotte Russe also is set to open, in June, at the center. The boutique offers clothes, shoes and accessories for young women.

Chelsea’s at 902 E. Westfield Blvd. in Broad Ripple will close sometime in May, according to The Indianapolis Star. Ellen Morley Mathews and husband David C. Matthews opened the card and gift store in 1984 and bought the building that houses the current location in 1990. They hope to find a retail tenant to take the space.

  • You can't be serious??
    A Wheeler soup kitchen at that prime location?! You have got to be kidding me. Shame on Scott Wise for even entertaining that thought. Does he want to destroy that part of downtown??
  • Scotty's biz model...
    hopefully scotty's isn't using the previous detour partnership model. i get it but leaving your fate in other's hands is not a good look.
    • Charlie and Barneys
      Charlie and Barneys opened back up in the Avenue building near 10th street over by campus
    • Poor Maria
      Worried you might have to see those who need food assistance while you are out boozing it up after work?
    • Irish?
      Why so many Irish pubs downtown, one opening soon on Mass Ave. At least call one a British pub.
    • RE: AlanB
      AlanB, its not about not wanting to see people that need assistance. Its about using a prime downtown location for a purpose that will, like it or not, keep customers away from nearby businesses. Why does a soup kitchen need to be in that location?? Couldn't the money spent on the high rent of that location be better used to, I dunno, actually feed the needy?
    • Fundraiser
      By "soup kitchen," is it meant that the mission will sell soup to raise money to help the homeless? "Pay-what-you-can-afford" would be an odd concept for the homeless.
    • Maria, have a heart
      So don’t want to see or help poor or homeless people? That part of downtown was redeveloped using taxpayer dollars and is open to everyone, not just the entitled. Also the “Wheeler Soup Kitchen” sort of thing is not what you would typically think. It is a concept made popular by Panera Bread where customers pay whatever price they want for a meal, essentially a suggest donation. Shame on you for wanting things to look nice at the expense of others.
    • Twin Peaks no more?
      I've noticed that the proposed building (former Loon Lake Lodge) is no longer be worked on for a Twin Peaks Restaurant. Anyone know what's going on? They were suppose to open next month.
      • Twin Peaks
        Geno: I hope to update the situation with Twin Peaks soon. Following the fire at the building, I believe the company is in a dispute with its insurance company, which is holding up construction.
        • Twin Peaks Castleton
          Their FB page specifically for the Castleton/Indianapolis location has daily updates and numerous replies from them that they are definitely still opening in May 2014.
        • Scotty's Carmel
          I understand the Pickle's best are now at Scotty's.
        • But are the owls what they seem?
          I always assumed Loon Lake was somewhere between the White and Black Lodges...

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