Late Harvest chef opens barbecue joint in Nora

May 28, 2014
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Hot restaurateur Ryan Nelson’s new barbeque joint opened Tuesday in Nora Shops West along East 86th Street.

North End 225pxNorth End Barbecue & Moonshine offers traditional American barbecue from different regions of the country. A sampling of the menu includes Texas brisket, Carolina pulled pork, Memphis baby back ribs and St. Louis spare ribs, with four sauces from which to choose.

“It’s a fantastic location,” Nelson said. “The Nora area itself doesn’t really have a sit-down restaurant, and there’s a ton of office space around here.”

Local foodies know Nelson from his first restaurant, Late Harvest Kitchen, which he opened in 2012 near Keystone at the Crossing.

North End occupies 4,700 square feet and anchors the eastern portion of the 8,000-square-foot Nora Shops West, which also is home to a Starbucks. Artisano’s Oils & Spices is on track to open in July and will bring the building to full occupancy.

Nelson’s restaurant seats about 150 and will have space for another 50 once the outdoor patio opens. That should happen within the next week.

Lunches run about $15 and dinners in the low-$20 range.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

In other news:

— Jiallo’s African-Caribbean Cuisine is taking the space vacated by Currito in Circle Centre mall’s food court. Owner Mohammad Jiallo, who operates an existing location at 4202 W. 56th St., is shooting for an early July opening.

On the menu: oxtail; curry goat; beef kabobs; grilled steak; tiebdjen, a fried fish dish; and a variety of chicken dishes, including curry chicken, jerk chicken and chicken yassa.

— Ben’s Soft Pretzels has opened in Circle Centre. It’s the 14th location for the Elkhart-based franchise. Kim (Barrier) McGuire, 1986 Miss Indiana Basketball from Elkhart, and business partner Candy Cox operate the store.

— The Room Place opened May 23 at 8401 N. Michigan Road in 40,500 square feet formerly occupied by a Gold’s Gym. The Woodridge, Ill.-based furniture store has locations in Castleton, Carmel and Greenwood.


  • We'll be back!
    Went last night, and it was yummy and surprisingly affordable. Great to have a locally owned place in Nora!
  • good living on the north side
    I used to live on the north side of Indianapolis. Actually, in Nora and I wish this was there when I lived there. I can't wait to try it!
  • Funnily enough
    Saw this while eating lunch today. Cut the brisket with a fork. A little on the pricey side for lunch but looks to be quite reasonable if you get an entree.
  • CiCi's Pizza
    Looks like all the local CiCi's Pizza locations have closed. Nothing on the web about it, appears as if all their locations in the Columbus, OH area closed in April also.
  • Actual Location?
    Some of us don't go by strip mall names and rely on numerical addresses. I used to have a business in Nora and have no clue which of the many strip malls this might be. Where, exactly, is "Nora Shops West"? Google Maps can't find it.
    • $$$
      $14 for a BBQ sandwich? No thanks.
      • Ads
        Hey Ben, you must have missed this when you were posting: "No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed."
      • Haha
        Haha--I LIVE there and have never heard it called Nora Shops West. The North End is part of an outparcel in Nora Plaza--attached to the new Starbucks, in front of Target, west of Whole Foods.
      • Good Barbecue is expensive
        If it is done correctly, BBQ is a time consuming and expensive process takes many hours to properly smoke it, and meat prep is sometimes done days ahead, brisket is often 16-18 hours at very low heat for best results...if you want a $3 BBQ sandwich go to Dairy Queen, or go get yourself a tub of Curly's at your local Winn Dixie, but don't pretend it is real get what you pay for with BBQ...the best is easily worth the listed prices...glad to see it is open, though it sounds like it may not be the easiest place to find, given the locals don't know where the shopping center is...
      • BBQ
        I know BBQ and your argument using your poor examples is suspect. I've been to plenty of awesome BBQ restaurants all over the USA and never have paid $14 for a sandwich.
      • Actual Location?
        In the same center as Target, on an outlot.

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