Update: Mo's set for downtown return in June

April 24, 2014
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Mo’s steakhouse will be returning downtown in early June, the restaurant’s owner said in a Thursday morning press release.

Owner John Vassallo posted on the restaurant’s website earlier this month that Mo’s would take the space at 15 E. Maryland St. vacated by Lorenzo’s Ristorante, which closed April 4.

At that time, Mo’s website said the 5,500-square-foot space would be rebranded as either a Mo’s steakhouse or Mo's Irish pub.

Mo’s…A Place for Steaks will serve classic items from its Milwaukee and Houston menus, including prime beef, fresh fish and sushi. Besides the two locations, Mo’s operates Irish pubs in Noblesville and in Milwaukee and Wauwatosa, Wis.

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 restaurants are named after Vassallo’s mother, Maureen. The first one opened in 1999, in Milwaukee.

  • Hoping for the pub....
    That pub in Noblesville is boss. I was hoping to see the pub instead of steakhouse. The problem is Indy has so many fake Irish pubs, but none of them are any good except 96th st claddagh (managed by actual irish people) and noblesville mo's.
  • Mo's... a name for confusion
    Okay, I want to make sure I've got this straight. The restaurant which was once named Mo's remains open in the sam space in the old gas company building, after ownership changes. But Mo's is also reopening nearby, or at least the name is. What a fittingly bizarre end to this restaurant naming disaster. I will say they've continued to have great steaks throughout this mess.
  • Actually
    I prefer the downtown Claddagh location, by far. The one on 96th St. simply feels like a generic, strip mall version.
    • Downtown used to be better
      Downtown claddagh was awesome about 4 years ago. South Meridian Street is pretty darn scary and dirty now. That restaurant has also gone way downhill.
      • Huh?
        Nothing is wrong with South Meridian Street.
      • Double Huh?
        South Meridian Street dirty and scary? LOL..... hitch the wagons up and head on back to Mayberry then, feller!
      • South Meridian
        I live downtown, but I agree South Meridian at night is a scary, dangerous place to be.
      • Dangerous?
        Ummm, the news is hardly blowing up about the crime spree on South Meridian.....just because it's urban doesn't mean it's dangerous....
      • RE: Lucas
        Lucas, if you think South Meridian street is "scary" and "dangerous," I'm thinking that you live in downtown Mayberry, not downtown Indianapolis....

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