Roundup: More craft-beer pubs on tap for August

July 17, 2014
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A couple more craft-beer establishments are on tap for next month:

Two Deep Brewing will begin serving its craft beer selections Aug. 2 in a 7,000-square-foot space at 714 N. Capitol Ave. near the Cultural Trail.

Indianapolis native Andy Meyer, 34, quit his job at NCM Media Networks to launch the operation after he “fell in love” with craft beer while living in Chicago, he told IBJ. He enrolled in the Siebel Institute of Technology, a brewing school in the Windy City, to help hone his skills. Two other partners also are involved in the business.
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HopCat, a Michigan-based bar chain specializing in craft beers, is set to open its $2.5 million location Aug. 16 in the heart of Broad Ripple. The bar will anchor the long-vacant corner space in the Broad Ripple parking garage on the southwest corner of College and Broad Ripple avenues. It will be HopCat’s third location and first outside Michigan.
Opening night will feature 130 Indiana beers on tap, and everyone attending will get a free order of “crack fries.” Special incentive to show up early: The first 200 people in the door receive a card good for a free order of the fries every week for a year.

In retail:

Profyle Boutique is set to open Aug. 22 in 1,800 square feet in the Ironworks apartment-and-retail development at the southwest corner of North Keystone Avenue and East 86th Street. Profyle joins Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, which is expected to start serving steaks within the development Aug. 18.

Profyle is a high-fashion clothing and accessories boutique operated by the husband and wife team of Nigel and Wandini Riggins, both local attorneys.

On the food front:

• Local restaurateur Neal Brown (if you missed it in IBJ's North of 96th) is bringing his Pizzology Pizzeria + Pub to the Village of West Clay in Carmel. Construction on the restaurant is set to begin immediately, with a target opening of late September.

The Neal Brown Hospitality Group signed a lease for the long-vacant Pamfilio’s Italian Restaurant space in the Brenwick Building at 12821 E. New Market St., in the heart of the high-end community’s commercial Village Center.

Brown opened his Mass Ave Pizzology in May.

Chick-fil-A says on its website it will open Sept. 25 at 6231 N. Keystone Ave. The suburban Atlanta-based fast-food chain is building a 4,500-square-foot restaurant where a Fazoli’s was located. Chick-fil-A operates 13 restaurants in the Indianapolis area.

City Barbeque also plans to open at the end of September, in an outlot of the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market built at State Road 37 and 131st Street in Fishers as part of a 104-acre mixed-use project on a former golf course.

The Columbus, Ohio-based chain has 22 locations in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and North Carolina. The four in Indiana are all in the Indianapolis area: Avon, Carmel, Greenwood and downtown Indianapolis on West 11th Street.

Earth Fare opened July 16 in Greenwood at 2110 E. County Line Road, in the former Office Max location nearly across the street from the rival Fresh Thyme Farmers Market that opened last month.

Earth Fare has stores in Carmel and in Noblesville.

Aldi began selling groceries July 11 at 4470 Lafayette Road in a 12,200-square-foot store built by the Batavia, Ill.-based chain.

  • Broad Ripple
    With how dangerous the Broad Ripple area is become, I think hopcat will come to regret their decision to locate there.
    • Probably Not Martha
      I don't think recent events will persevere in Broad Ripple. A new bar with extensive local beer selections will certainly do well for its owner.
    • BR isn't dangerous
      Broad Ripple isn't any more dangerous than any other large city bar scene. I for one think the HopCat will be a great addition for the young professional crowd that frequents Broad Ripple earlier in the evening. Any time you put young adults, alcohol/drugs in the mix there will be problems. I for one am not going to hide at home because of some poor decisions made by careless young people. It's attitudes like yours Martha that contribute to the apathy in our town.
    • Hopcat
      Hopcat should be okay. Craft beers tend to be more expensive and the location is as visible as it gets. The problems are late at night and the troublemakers are usually young thugs who cruise the darker side streets. I know this because my 26 year old son got mugged on one last summer.
    • Decibels
      NOTE to Pizzology. Your Mass Ave new store is louder than a lock room after the World Cup. Atmosphere includes the ability to carry a conversation without shouting!
      • Loud, yes....
        pizzology may be loud...but i think that means something, there are a lot of customers. kudos to neal brown + team for bringing some amazing pizza (& more) to mass ave. just recently visited with some out of colleagues...we had no problem communicating during our meal.
        • Casey
          Yeah it means the place is LOUD. Loud means loud.
        • loud
          I agree with Urban Dweller. A place can be busy/crowded without being loud. Not being able to have a conversation with someone at dinner is a MAJOR put-off. Neal Brown's personality is also a put-off, but that's a topic for another thread.
        • Pizzology
          Had lunch at Mass Ave Pizzology for the first time this week - coworkers and I LOVED it!!! Great atmosphere and great food!
        • Pizzology
          When I heard it was coming to Mass I was super excited. Then I went. Eah... over-rated/hyped. Napolese is leaps and bounds better. It is loud in there, but Napolese at 49th/Penn is also extremely loud when crowded. It comes with the trendy, wide-open, concrete floor spaces.
        • Dangerous?
          Martha - not to diminish the serious event earlier this month, but Broad Ripple is NOT a dangerous place - considering that on weekends up to 2,000 people come here to enjoy a night out. The BRVA and City were wise to close "the strip" later on when all the punks (who don't patronize the bars) loved to cruise up and down with thumping bass "music" to get attention. What a wonderful difference it's made.
        • Who me!?
          Well Maria, since you mentioned it. Perhaps the moderator will open a forum just so you can vent how off-putting I am. I'd read that!

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