Flying Cupcake expands, Bobby Joe's shuts down

January 4, 2010
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  • The Flying Cupcake Bakery is opening a new location along Mass Ave next door to Scholar's Inn downtown. The new location for the cupcake spot owned by entrepreneur Kate Bova is slated to open in the summer. The original location, at 5617 N. Illinois St., has been a hit in the neighborhood. Bova also owns the Girly Chic Boutique in Broad Ripple.
  • Bobby Joe's Beef and Brew, a popular homegrown restaurant at Southport Road and Interstate 65, has closed. The late Indianapolis sportswriter Bob Collins and his wife Kristin opened the adults-only restaurant in 1995. Collins died shortly thereafter, but Kristin kept the tradition alive. The walls were adorned with mementos of Collins' career.
  • Riviera Maya, billed as an authentic Mexican restaurant, is slated to replace Old Town Ale House in Fishers, according to signs posted on the building along 116th Street. The Ale House closed in October. No word yet on an opening date for the new restaurant.
  • Friaco's, a Mexican restaurant, is replacing Stefano's near the Super Target in Fishers. The concept is owned by the same group that operates Pancho's Taquiria on Michigan Road, and two Friaco's locations in Chicago. (Thanks to blog readers who helped fill in the details!)
  • Vito's on Penn, a downtown outpost of Southside staple Vito Provolone's, has closed. The Italian restaurant along Pennsylvania Street just north of Washington Street briefly offered a $5.99 lunch buffet, before "for-rent" signs appeared in the restaurant's windows in December.
  • Cornerstone Coffee & Espresso, also along Pennsylvania Street near Washington Street, has closed.
  • POS Sales
    Friaco's is going into the old Stefano's. This is the same guy who owns Pancho's. That's all I know about that. The Riviera Maya is owned by the same people who own Real Hacienda in downtown Anderson.
  • Southport/65
    With the Damon's there already vacant, that area is turning into a wasteland for discarded eateries. Too bad about Bobby Joe's... that was a nice place, but that location wasn't ideal, being tucked away too far from the interstate.
  • Bobby Joe's

    Perhaps the more appropriate descriptor is that the area was over eateried. Look around, there are still 6 restaurants open in that site. If the 6 endure, then one could hardly call it a wasteland.

    C'mon, good grief.........
  • Here is hoping
    I lived on the Mexican boarder for many years and I have had a very difficult time finding good Mexican food in Indy. I am looking forward to trying these new venues out. Hoping for some real Mexican food, not the dumbed down version that every place around here serves.
    • The Wild Ginger
      The Wild Ginger restaurant opened a couple weeks ago. It occupies the space where The Spicy Pickle was in Fishers (116th and Fishers Point Blvd).
    • Good Food....
      and I loved the Indy 500 memorabilia at Bobby Joe's, but I left that place feeling like I'd just taken a long swim in a dirty ashtray.
    • Cafe O's
      I heard that Cafe O's in the Chase tower is now gone. Michael Chou will be missed!
    • The Flying Cupcake
      I've been hoping for a downtown bakery, and this happens to my favorite! Can't wait.
    • Friaco's is the real deal!
      Friaco's is a concept owned by the same group operating as Pancho's Taquiria. They have two locations here in Indy under the Panchos brand and two locations in Chicago trading as Friaco's Mexican Restaurant. Friaco's in Fishers will be the first of it's kind in Indy and I promise you won't be disappointed!
    • Not Location
      I don't think the location of Bobby Joes hurt it, considering it was there for almost 15 years and survived! It was one of the first ones in there in the development so it became a local watering hole. Location wasn't the demise of this one. There were many times the line was too long at Texas Roadhouse or Cheesburger that we just went there.
      • Cupcake bust?
        I love cupcakes as much as the next gal, but hasn't this trend peaked yet? Can't say I'm as excited about this addition to Mass Ave. as I would have been three years ago....
      • Recess
        What's going on with the new Recess restaurant at 49th & College? Do they have an opening date?
      • cupcakes
        Every cupcake I have had from The Flying Cupcake has been stale. I wish Sprinkles would open a location in Indy!!!
        • Great Cupcakes!
          A Flying Cupcake location on Mass Ave is great for downtown! The cupcakes are phenomenal. Can't wait!
        • Friaco's is real deal
          I cannot wait to try the burritos, and other menu items!
        • New restaurant
          At least when "Show me" the new restautant (old Damon's building) opens there will be a new watering hole for folks. $1 draft beer sounds good in this economy.
        • Show Me's
          Show me's restaurant that is opening in the old Damon's building in Southport Crossings appears to be a clone of Hooter's. More flesh to peddle, only cheaper than Pendleton Pike and definitely cheaper than Vegas.
        • Dumbed down Mexican Food
          Hey! I love "dumed down" Mexican Food! I really miss Chi Chi's and I really wish that the Hacienda restaurnt chain (from Elkhart) would get closer to Indy than Kokomo.
        • Sahm's
          Sahm's will complete its move to the West Side of Allisonville Rd. by the weekend (near 116th Street) and the Mt. Comfort expansion is on hold.
        • The Flying Cupcake
          Maria, I don't know what kind of day-old cupcakes you've have from TFC, but they are baked fresh daily and always delicious. This new location will be a great addition to Mass Ave. BTW, Sprinkles cupcakes are horrible. Indy does not need another overrated, overpriced chain. Let's be supportive of our local businesses!
        • authentic
          Indy abound with authentic Mexcican cuisine (and groceries). Drive along east washington or along 38th (Kroger Plaza) to name a few of the places I pass all the time. It's just a matter of finding them. . . .they are everywhere.
        • More cupcakes!
          Speaking of cupcakes...anyone tried the Cupcake Camper parked in front of Hamilton Town Centre? Yummy. And just a darn cute concept!
          • Not so much on the Camper
            Yes...tried that Cupcake Camper. They have like 3 flavors all with the same icing AND they are not good. I know when my son doesn't even want to finish his cupcake, there's a problem! Slapping a giant cupcake on top of a trailer (which has been done exactly before in Texas at Hey Cupcake!, btw) doesn't make it taste any better.
              We do not need a knock off Hooters that really looks like a lingiere show goin on.Check out their youtube my kids dont need a lap dance!! A place for everything but please not in my neighborhood!McFarlands Farms will Fight this!!!
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