Roundup: El Sol returns; meatballs, wine on Mass Ave

August 25, 2014
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El Sol De Tala is reopening Monday under a new name but led by a familiar face. Javier Amezcua, who founded the Mexican restaurant at 2444 E. Washington St. in 1979 but left in 2012, has struck a deal with the building’s majority owner to open a new eatery called Javier’s Hacienda Mexican Cuisine.

El Sol 225 pxEl Sol closed in July under the ownership of Ruben Pazmino, who has a 49-percent stake in the building. The entity that owns the building, 2444 Acquisitions LLC, filed to reorganize under Chapter 11 bankruptcy in March.

The menu at Javier’s Hacienda will feature about 30 dishes with prices topping out at $17. Lunch options will be available for $8.95.

“Come to Mexico without leaving Hoosier-land,” Amezcua told IBJ. “That’s what we want people to feel. Everything’s from Mexico, even me.”

On Massachusetts Avenue:

Louie’s Wine Dive has leased 2,500 square feet of space in the Massala Building at 345 Massachusetts Ave. It has locations in Minneapolis; Des Moines, Iowa; Kansas City, Missouri; and Omaha, Nebraska.

Gandolfo’s Deli plans a “fall” opening at 333 Massachusetts Ave., in the 3 Mass building. The New York-style deli opened July 31 at 309 S. Delaware St. in the CityWay space vacated by Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt. (Here's an IBJ review of its fare.) The deli started in 1989 in Salt Lake City and now has nearly 30 locations in 13 states. Other Indiana stores are in Greenwood, Noblesville and Bloomington.

Mimi Blue Meatballs has filed plans to open at 870 Massachusetts Ave. where Evolve Salon was formerly located.

Also downtown:

Gallery 42 is set to open Sept. 26 in 2,500 square feet at 42 E. Washington St., with a public reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Local entity JHL Properties bought the historic building in late 2012 and completed an extensive renovation of the property that dates to the 1830s.

The second floor of the gallery will feature artwork specific to the sports and entertainment industries.


Garfield Park Eatery & Coffee is scheduled to open at 7 a.m. Aug. 26 at 2627 Shelby St., according to its Facebook page.

CiCi’s Pizza at 3652 S. East St. on the south side is set to reopen Aug. 27. The restaurant, under new ownership, will open at 11 a.m., and the first 100 guests to purchase an adult buffet will receive a card redeemable for their choice of one free adult buffet or a one-topping “to-go” pizza each month for one year.   

Coppell, Texas-based CiCi’s operates nearly 500 restaurants in 34 states.

Tom+Chee is set to open Aug. 29 at 5650 W. 86th St. in the Traders Point shopping center. The tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich chain opened its first location, in Cincinnati, in 2010. The franchise has about a dozen restaurants in Ohio, Kentucky, Georgia and New Jersey.

Tom+Chee offers more than 25 sandwiches, three daily tomato soup varieties, and salads. Its Grilled Cheese Donut has been featured on ABC’s "The Chew" and Travel Channel’s "Man v. Food Nation," and was named one of America’s best new sandwiches by NBC’s "Today Show," according to the restaurant’s website.

  • The other two Cici's
    So are the other two Cici's at 86th & Michigan and Washington & Mitthoeffer shut down for good, then?
  • Mimi's?
    What the heck is Mimis Blue Meatballs?!?
  • Meatballs
    I believe there is an article in the new Urban Times issue about the meatball place. It's basically going to feature meatballs and other comfort foods along with your choice of sauces. Terrible restaurant name though.
  • Mass ave
    Whoa Mass Ave… If you're gonna go bland, go big, huh?
  • Huh?
    Sfjff, Mass Ave. is booming.... WTH are you talking about? Best neighborhood in this city.
  • Mass Ave
    sfjff, I completely agree. Mass Ave is beginning to become overrun with chains. Oh well, I much prefer Fountain Square/Fletcher Place.
  • Blaze
    Just saw they are putting in a Blaze Pizza and Subs at 52nd and College. Anything else in Midtown?
  • Are you kidding?
    I think Mass Ave is getting too many bars and restaurants -- it could use some more shops, maybe another bakery? But you must be insane to claim that the street is overrun with chains. A chain is defined as a business with more than ten units in two or more distinct geographies under the same brand and with a central headquarters. So that's Sub Zero, Three Dog Bakery, evil Starbucks, Global Gifts and (very arguably) the YMCA. And, I suppose, Yats, which is local. And that leaves . . . everything else. Even the regrettably named Louie' Wine Bar has only a handful of locations. Now, Gandolfo's is another story . . .
  • CIP!
    How did you miss the Fishers Cheeseburger in Paradise? Granted, they needed to go. In the last two years they had replaced their previously over-priced food with even lower quality fare (salted to the moon to compensate for lack of quality taste), so this was no big culinary loss, but it still ranked a mention.
  • Still
    I stand by my comment; there are a lot of twee gift shops and "Me Too!" trendy restaurants, but very few unique places that will draw me out of my way. Mostly, I see Mass Ave as a place full of suburbanites out on a wild night in the city that I have to cross on my way to Fountain Square. Good for the business owners there, btw, I'm glad they're making a pretty good go of it. To me though, "booming" is synonymous with "past it's prime".
  • chains
    More Mass Ave chains... Bazbeaux Pizza, Bakersfield, Walgreens, Stout's, Flying Cupcake, Marsh, Chatham Tap, Yogulatte, Nine Irish Brothers...
  • Really? sfjff
    As someone who has for the past 17 years or so, spent a lot of quality time on Mass Ave (at the very least, once a week)- you clearly have no idea what Mass Ave really is. The only place on Mass where suburbanites hang out is the Murat for various shows / events, and The Rathskeller on occasion. It must be hard to see clearly though, when you're looking down your nose at everything.
  • Leslie
    Hey Leslie, good for you for supporting businesses that you like. I see no need, however, to attack me personally because my opinion differs from yours. I find no fault with the fact that you enjoy hanging out there, but it's obvious that Mass Ave is sliding into mediocrity, while other neighborhoods in town are still on the rise. Take comfort in the fact that it's not Broad Ripple….yet. But it's well on the way.
  • sfjff?
    Mass Ave Toys, Indy Reads Books, Silver in the City, Handspun Modern Handmade, Union 50, Ball & Biscuit, Black Market, R Bistro, etc..."but it's obvious that Mass Ave is sliding into mediocrity"...that comment made me LOL...Mass Ave is fantastic and getting even better, and I say that as a frequent traveler around the US and worldwide
  • Yep
    Again, if all of those places are up to your standards, good for you. Otherwise, go back to my comment on twee gift shops and "I'm Hip Too!!!" restaurants.
  • …and I'm not the only one.
    • This says it all
      The graphic in this article says it all...
    • Urbanophile
      That Urbanophile thing is one of the worst-argued things I have ever read.
    • Yum?
      Yum! Brands is headquartered in Louisville (Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut). And while Papa John's started in Indiana, it's based in KY now too. Meanwhile, Missouri, a highly-ranked state on that list, is the headquarters and highest concentrations of Applebee's, America's most middlebrow plain-vanilla restaurant. It's all relative.

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