Roundup: Another fast-fire pizza entry; Big Red taking Kahn's space

April 16, 2014
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The latest smattering of restaurant and retail openings and closings in the Indianapolis area:

• Project Pie, a fast-fired pizza chain from Carlsbad, Calif., is coming to Indianapolis. Local franchisee Luke Angermeier has signed a deal to open five stores in the next four years.

The first location, a stand-alone restaurant, is slated to be built in an outlet near the Meijer store at 8375 E. 96th St. and could be open in early 2015.

Project Pie has just four locations nationwide—three in California and one in Las Vegas—but has deals signed to open 100 more.

“It’s almost like going into a Chipotle, but instead of getting a burrito, you’re getting a pizza,” Angermeier said.

A similar concept, Blaze Pizza, opened in February on Indiana Avenue near the IUPUI campus.

Big Red Liquors bought the Kahn’s Fine Wines & Spirits store at 25 N. Pennsylvania St. downtown, according to Kahn’s owner Jim Arnold, and will open under the new banner Thursday.

Arnold said he sold the building to a private investor in January before unloading the business to Big Red.

“We are friends, so instead of them coming and competing with me, they made me an offer that was good for both of us, and I accepted it,” Arnold said in an e-mail. “Now I can focus on what I do best…the Keystone Superstore.”
Arnold now has just one Kahn’s store, at 5341 N. Keystone Ave., after closing another, at 2342 W. 86th St., last month. A Fresh Thyme Farmers Market is slated to open in that space.

Bloomington-based Big Red Liquors entered the Indianapolis market in March 2013 by acquiring the assets of United Package Liquors Inc. It now has 23 locations in the metro area.

• Charley’s Grilled Subs and Lite on the Mayo are taking two of three vacancies at the Circle Centre mall food court, according to signs posted at the spaces.

Columbus, Ohio-based Charley’s is set to occupy the space vacated by the Great Steak & Potato Co., while Lite on the Mayo is going in where Frulati Cafe & Bakery was located.

Charley’s has locations at Castleton Square Mall and Greenwood Park Mall. Circle Centre manager Simon Property Group did not immediately respond to a phone call seeking information about Lite on the Mayo.

• Charlie & Barney’s has reopened, at 930 W. 10th St. in Buckingham’s The Avenue mixed-use development. Co-owners Ken Thorpe and Clarence Lyles have resurrected the Hoosier staple known for its signature chili along with founder and original owner Richard Hogshire.

Hogshire closed the flagship store at 225 E. Ohio St. in April 2013 after 36 years in business. At its peak, Charlie & Barney’s had a total of eight restaurants, with locations in Indianapolis; Atlanta; Denver; Charlotte, N.C.; Tulsa, Okla.; and Lexington, Ky.

In Broad Ripple:

• Periwinkle Paper & Home at 6323 Guilford Ave. has closed. Owners of The Usual Suspects restaurant next door plan to open a lightly used furniture and vintage clothing store called North Block Popup in the space within the next week.

Gallery Two opens April 17 at 5912 N. College Ave. next to Fine Estate Art & Rugs. The gallery has 200 original works available from the “finest Indiana and Midwestern artists.”

  • Where's my cheap pizza?
    The Cici's Pizza Buffets in College Park and across from Washington Square were closed by the state recently. They had orange placards from the IN Dept of Revenue on the doors mentioning something about Class A Misdemeanors.
    • Pizza Paulie
      Supposedly it was a tax issue. They hoped to be opened today.
      • Irish Market?
        Anyone know the name of the Irish Market that's opening in Greenwood today? It's on 135, just south of Fry Rd, on the east side of 135. I passed it yesterday, and caught they were opening today, just not the name of the business. I haven't been able to find anything online about it yet.
      • Irish Market
        I believe it is McCammon's Irish Market. They had many plants for sale outside as I drove past. Also, there is a Popeye's opening in the old Burger King at 135 and Fairview, and a Tamale Place opening at Stop 11 and US 31.

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      2. has an article from 2010 where they talk about how Interactions moved to Massachusetts in the year prior. The article includes a link back to that Inside Indiana Business press release I linked to earlier, snarkily noting, "Guess this 2006 plan to create 200-plus new jobs in Indiana didn't exactly work out."

      3. I live on the east side and I have read all your comments. a local paper just did an article on Washington square mall with just as many comments and concerns. I am not sure if they are still around, but there was an east side coalition with good intentions to do good things on the east side. And there is a facebook post that called my eastside indy with many old members of the eastside who voice concerns about the east side of the city. We need to come together and not just complain and moan, but come up with actual concrete solutions, because what Dal said is very very true- the eastside could be a goldmine in the right hands. But if anyone is going damn, and change things, it is us eastside residents

      4. Please go back re-read your economics text book and the fine print on the February 2014 CBO report. A minimum wage increase has never resulted in a net job loss...

      5. The GOP at the Statehouse is more interested in PR to keep their majority, than using it to get anything good actually done. The State continues its downward spiral.