It's official: Yard House coming to Circle Centre

July 18, 2014
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Yard House officially is coming downtown to Circle Centre mall.

Yard House bar 225 pxThe Irvine, Calif.-based chain will take 13,460 square feet at 42 W. Maryland St. in part of the space formerly occupied by anchor tenant Nordstrom, according to a state filing.

IBJ first reported in January that beer-themed Yard House was nearing a deal to take ground level space at the mall. Yard House is a Darden Restaurants Inc. concept with 48 locations in 17 states, with the closest to Indianapolis being in Cincinnati.

It’s unclear when the restaurant will open. Calls to representatives of mall manager Simon Property Group Inc. and Yard House were not returned Friday morning.

Yard House portrays itself as an “upscale casual eatery” and is widely known for its vast array of beers on tap—up to 250 imported, craft and specialty ales and lagers.

Landing the national chain could help the publicly traded Simon lure more tenants to the 210,000-square-foot space, which has not had a retail presence since Nordstrom left the mall in July 2011.

Other chains such as Bobby’s Burger Palace, a restaurant chain developed by celebrity chef Bobby Flay, Bonefish Grill and New York-based Dinosaur Bar-B-Que have scouted the location at times but have yet to commit, brokers say.

Simon has leased about 100,000 square feet in the former Nordstrom space to The Indianapolis Star, which is set to move its longtime headquarters at 307 N. Pennsylvania St. to the mall Aug. 15.

  • Good Fit
    Commenting before all the crybabies chime in about it being another chain... I am 100% okay with this because it is a chain that is new to Indy. Of course, if they open 15 more, then there is a bit of a problem. This is a perfect fit for Circle Centre.
  • Ditto
    I'm with you... Yard House rocks!
  • Yard House
    Nice fit for Circle Centre. I don't think most people would complain about chains in a touristy area like this. When people complain about the abundance of chains, its the rest of Indianapolis they are complaining about.
  • Other restaurants
    It is a shame that the other restaurants mentioned in the article have not committed to this location or Indy in general. The Burger Palace or the BBQ place would be great in downtown or even the near northside.
  • Nice
    Me likey!
  • Yesss!!!
    Nice add. We had dinner at the one in Honolulu and it is really spectacular. The beer selection is amazing and it had a great atmosphere. Great place to watch sports!
  • Not Orlando
    Not based in Orlando, based in Irvine, CA. Great place, by the way.
    • Yard House
      Derek: Thanks for pointing that out. The Orlando reference should have referred to parent Darden.
    • Full at last
      FINALLY! I don't know if this is what I expected, but I'm glad something is going into that space after three years. It was too prime a space to go to waste, plus it can get traffic from mall-goers!
    • Nice
      We think this is a great addition and are looking forward to having new business neighbors. Hoping the other spaces fill-in to make West Maryland a busier area again.
    • MeNoLikey
      Now, why did you all let Nick browbeat you into saying nice things about Yardhouse by prefacing his comments with "the crybabies"?!! The fact is while YardHouse may be at the top of its class (sportsbar/casual dining/craft beer joints), it still is just one more in a ridiculously growing array of such joints in downtown and the rest of Indy. Really, 250 beers on tap??!! And on top of that thing going in at the BR garage??!! How long before this redneck sportstown is, er, tapped out on this tired concept? Downtown and the Nordstrom deserve something much classier, such as Eataly (see;_ylt=AwrBTzwnbs1TdEsA_S9XNyoA?p=eataly+chicago&fr=altavista&fr2=piv-web), and I think this space would be perfect for one. Yeah, yeah, I get that you take what you can get, but where's our imagination and gutsy 'can do' spirit on this one?
    • Oops
      Sorry about that link, guys. If you're not familiar with Eataly, google it and click on 'images'.
    • Eataly
      Eataly is WONDERFUL! I would love one here in Indianapolis. Unfortunately, it would not do well in the land of Olive Gardens and Fazolis :-(
    • Eye-talian
      That wonderful Chicago place called Eataly, which is simply too cultured for a "redneck sportstown"? Yeah, we know it. Their owner has been trying to sue a tiny little food truck, Little Eataly, here in Indy for trademark infringement. It's a good thing for them that all we care about here in Indy is Fazoli's and Olive Garden.
    • LA Fitness
      Is LA Fitness still opening a location in Circle Centre? If so, when?
    • sarcasm
      Oh yeah another bar/eattery woo hoo!!! so with all the people moving back downtown when will the mall give them stuff they may go to because they need it. like a target, hardware store, something unique to downtown Indy oh wait we only do something after we see it successfully done somewhere else.
      • There is a hardware store
        downtown in the same area as O'malia's. 350 E New York. Not sure that another one could survive. I agree a Target is needed d'town. Downtown Philly even had a 3 story Kmart for its downtown residents.

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