Roundup: Tinker Coffee, Tilted Kilt, Bar Rio and more

July 30, 2014
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Another retail outlet is coming to East 16th Street, helping to continue its transformation into a bustling thoroughfare for eateries, other retail, and city living if all the projects in the works come to fruition:

Tinker Coffee Co. is set to open in September at 212 E. 16th St. just east of Delaware Street. The company’s website says it’s not a café; rather, Tinker Coffee will sell its products onsite and online, as well as in certain cafes and restaurants in the Indianapolis area.


Tilted Kilt 225pxTilted Kilt is set to open this summer inside the Caribbean Cove Hotel & Conference Center (and water park) at Interstate 465 and Michigan Road on the northwest side.

The Hooters-like Celtic sports pub chain also is remodeling a 6,800-square-foot building at 2293 E. 116th St., just west of Keystone Parkway in Carmel. Most recently home to a seafood and sushi buffet, the site previously housed O’Charley’s and Majors Sports Cafe.

The Tempe, Ariz.-based chain known for its scantily-clad servers has an existing location on South Meridian Street downtown.

Bar Rio Taco & Tequila Bar opened early this month at 3855 E. 96th St. between Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants and Scotty’s Brewhouse. The menu features a variety of tacos and burritos, and a host of other Mexican staples.

Rocket 88 Doughnuts has filed plans to open in 2,600 square feet at 874 Virginia Ave. in the space formerly occupied by Arsenal Game Room & Café in Fountain Square. Rocket 88 describes itself as a craft doughnut shop and should be open sometime in the fall.

Sisters Comfort Food at 2236 E. 10th St. in the John H. Boner Community Center will host a grand opening Aug. 8. The restaurant is operated by sisters Linda and Cathy Legg, who formerly owned the Subway sandwich shop at 1634 E. 10th St.

Sisters already is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Its menu includes fried and baked chicken, meatloaf and catfish dinners, in addition to sandwiches and salads for lunch, and breakfast items and desserts.

Carhartt is set to open by the end of the month in the outdoor lifestyle wing of Greenwood Park Mall. The store is the first in central Indiana for the Dearborn, Mich.-based clothing retailer specializing in work wear and outdoor gear for men, women and children.

Gandolfo’s New York Delicatessen is set to open Thursday at 309 S. Delaware St. in the CityWay space vacated by Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt. The deli started in 1989 in Salt Lake City and now has nearly 30 locations in 13 states. Other Indiana stores are in Greenwood and Bloomington, with plans for a Noblesville shop.

Greek's Pizzeria has opened at 1345 W. Southport Road on the south side. It also has a location on South Emerson Avenue, as well as others in Broad Ripple, Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield and Zionsville. The downtown Indianapolis location on North Pennsylvania Street closed in the spring. 

And now for closings:

Walgreens at 5050 E. 56th St. (just east of 56th Street and Emerson Avenue) closed July 17. A sign on the door refers customers to another store at 4555 N. Shadeland Ave.

Dunkin Donuts at 5620 N. Michigan Road and Staples at 4621 Lafayette Road have both closed.

  • TYPO
    It is BarRio, not Barrio...
  • Sad state of affairs
    What does it say when a Walgreens and a Dunkin Donuts close? I don't know the areas where they close that well. Was it oversaturation? Not profitable? Crime issues?
    • What does it say?
      Well for Dunkin Donuts it might say that even a highly popular outlet can't make a poorly sited location work. That little strip has seen near constant churn for years.
    • WAG
      The Walgreens did not get a lot of traffic. It was not located on the corner of the intersection, and not really visible from Emerson. Meanwhile the CVS there is huge and right on the corner. I am guessing a lot of people drove by a million times and never knew the Walgreens was there. Although, with the new Walmart market going in, that area could really see a lot of increase in traffic soon.
    • Ben
      Ben, I think the location of that Walgreens says it all. An area that is becoming more run down and unsafe by the day. You will continue to see Walgreens closing in these high crime, low income areas (like 38th and College).
      • HA
        A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.
      • Rick
        "An area that is becoming more run down and unsafe by the day. You will continue to see Walgreens closing in these high crime, low income areas (like 38th and College)" Completely and utterly untrue. Do you really think the 56th St & Emerson area is a high crime area?
      • Dunkin
        Has it been verified from the owners or DD closed on Michigan Road. When a sign came down a month ago - they were still selling donuts they just said they were going through some updating. But it did look closed later. I'm shocked that they wouldn't try to make it work just a little longer as RIGHT ACROSS the street is the new Neighborhood Walmart that is going in - which will drive TON more traffic along that intersection....interesting.
      • yawn
        More boring unimaginative and subpar food, typical of Indiana
      • Good to see and interesting
        Good to see more options coming to the E.16th St area. Based on earlier IBJ articles, this part of Old Northside/Fall Creek neighborhood is really starting to take off. And I agree with the earlier comment about Tilted Kilt at the hotel. I would like to see what the owner was thinking in making that move. I would also like the restaurants logic on the Carmel location b/c that doesn't seem to make sense either.
      • Huh?
        56th & Emerson is NOT a run down or crime ridden area.
      • Carmel
        For as much supposed money is in Carmel, they don't have very many upscale restaurants. Actually, do they have ANY??
      • Indy
        This is a great read about why Indianapolis loves being mediocre.
      • Aldi
        Aldi is opening on East Washington and Mitthoefer in Cherry Street Plaza. It is the last 1/3 of the former Kohl's location. Across the street is a sign for Anytime Fitness coming soon.
      • High crime?
        What about 56th & Emerson makes it seem high crime? I've been going to that area since 1998 and never noticed anything odd like that. Point taken about the lack of visibility; the CVS has a better location, though if the Walgreens could have held onto that spot until Wal-Mart came in, they could have had more traffic. Though I totally get why the 38th & College Walgreens closed. I live in the area and I would see problems there every week!
      • What Intersection?
        To Irvingtonguy: Which intersection at East Washington & Mitthoeffer is Aldi opening? And is it Cherry TREE Plaza, or did you intend to say Cherry Street Plaza?
        • Really?
          The intersection at 56th and Emerson is FAR from crime ridden. In fact, much is going on there. One of the heaviest trafficked Sbux at that location. Much traffic from Cathedral and surrounding areas. Get your facts straight people!! This is what makes for poor press when people don't even know about what they speak!
        • Aldi
          Kenny, sorry it was supposed to be Cherry Tree, auto-correct on phone. It is on the SW corner.
        • Tinker Coffee Co.
          Just a note that this business resides in Herron-Morton Place.
        • Hey Irvingtonguy
          Spot on with Aldi. They now have a coming soon, sign. I have also heard that Five Guys may be coming there. Any news on that?

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