Downtown roundup: BL&T, Mo's, Starbucks and Pattern

July 22, 2014
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Here's the latest rundown of downtown activity:

BL&T, a single breakfast and lunch concept from an Arizona group, is set to take the space at 1 N. Meridian St., where Naked Tchopstix once was to open, according to Brian Epstein, the broker who represented the landlord on the deal.

BL&T should open in September, Epstein said, in the 5,400-square-foot space sandwiched between Jimmy John’s and Qdoba.

Mo’s … A Place for Steaks will reopen July 25, at 15. E. Maryland St., which Lorenzo’s Ristorante vacated in April.
Mo's steakhouse sign 225 px
The restaurant’s menu includes items such as colossal shrimp cocktail, bleu cheese and Dijon crusted braised beef short rib, prime beef and fresh seafood and sushi.

Mo’s 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 operates steakhouses in Milwaukee and Houston, and Irish pubs in Milwaukee and Wauwatosa, Wis., as well as in Noblesville.

• Starbucks in the Circle Tower building on Monument Circle will be closed temporarily for three weeks starting July 21 for remodeling.

Pattern is set to open Aug. 1 in the Trail Side development at 877 Massachusetts Ave. The not-for-profit retailer of men’s and women’s clothing also will publish its Pattern magazine from the site.

Half the store’s profits will be used to fund the next retail incubator, through Riley Area Development Corp.


  • Naked Tchopstix
    Anyone know why Naked Tchopstix ended up not opening downtown? Downtown definitely needs more sushi places.
  • Sushi coming downtown!
    You're right about downtown needing sushi and there's a new express sushi place going over by IUPUI. 10th and Indiana where the old Quizno's was. Will be a cool concept that you build your own roll, kind of like building your own burrito at Qdoba or Chipotle. Fresh and quick. Opening next week I believe, Scott. You should include it in the next roundup.
  • College Ave Circle City Pizza
    Signs up on the old Circle City Pizza (52nd and College) indicate renovation. Any ideas what this will be?
    • 52nd College
      I believe that is planned to be an Art and Frame store...
    • Sushi Downtown
      Not sure how many sushi restaurants are enough, but there are three that I know of in various parts of downtown proper and all are pretty good.
    • Still waiting
      Still waiting for Genki Sushi to come to the Circle City.
    • Good info
      Would be good see this information more often on what is opening and closing. I hate to say but the Star Bucks construction. The corner is much easier to navigate without the tables and the loiteing crowd of people on that corner. It would be nice to have some affordable comfort foodin Downtown. It doesn't have to be a Franchise.
    • Comfort food?
      What kind of comfort food are you talking about? Maybe you should actually visit the downtown area...there's plenty of "comfort food" all around.

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