Downtown shakeup: Tea Cozy closes, Sahm's moves, Urban Elements expands

February 25, 2010
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  • Tea Cozy IndianapolisTea Cozy, the cafe and store along Market Street in The Block, has stopped serving lunch and will close for good on Monday. Owner Delores Epps said traffic wasn't strong enough for the restaurant to survive in the high-profile space. She's looking for a new location, possibly in a house in Broad Ripple or Fishers.
  • Sahm's has opened a new restaurant and catering facility in OneAmerica Tower and plans to close its location on the second floor of M&I Plaza on April 10. The new location, dubbed Sahm's at The Tower, is much larger and on the first floor. Sahm's will be the exclusive caterer for events in the 38-story tower.
  • Urban Element, the relaxed cafe and lounge along Pennsylvania Street near the Central Library, is planning a second location in the former home of Elements at Massachusetts Avenue and Alabama Street. Owner Steve Roberts plans to open the restaurant in April. (Hat tip, Up Down Town)
  • Anytime Fitness has opened a new downtown location on the second floor of the Majestic Building at 47 S. Pennsylvania St. The Minnesota-based chain, which offers 24-hour access to members, boasts that it is opening an average of one new club every business day and adding a new member every three minutes.
  • Tea Cozy
    Sad to hear they didn't get enough traffic at their downtown space, I loved it. I'm glad to hear she plans to reopen in a new location, hopefully she keeps it in the city. Broad Ripple would be wonderful, or a downtown neighborhood with heavier foot traffic.
  • Sad
    I did kind of wonder about Tea Cozy in that location. I was there a month ago and it was a very pleasant time--but it never looked very busy. I wonder what could go in that space and do well?
  • Tea Cozy
    We had plans to meet another business contact at the Tea Cozy next week. This was a fabulous concept in a very convenient location for those of us downtown. I'm so sad to see this go away. It's been one of my favorites since it's open.
  • Hours were the Problem
    I tried to go a few times and their hours were very limited and other times it was supposed to be open and wasn't. I was thrilled when I saw it coming, but was never able to get there at an open time! I do thinkk that concept works well for a little house somewhere in BR or in/adjacent to one of the greater downtown historic neighborhoods.
  • Tea Cozy
    Two words for the Tea Cozy - Fountain Square!
  • Tea Cozy location?
    Too bad about Tea Cozy. To me, this seemed like a great location and their selection was superlative. I can only wonder if the operation style hurt the place: it couldn't decide to be a sit-down restaurant or a counter-style retail option. Perhaps if it had clearly allowed both (with a visible distinction between the two in terms of seating) it might attracted a broader clintele. Having a coffeehouse vibe at least in part would have attracted workers needing wireless internet.

    Tea's Me seems to achieve this balance more successfully in Fall Creek Place, an area with far less pedestrian traffic (and, no doubt, cheaper rents). Market Street generally has plenty of passers-by on weekdays, with exactly the crowd Tea Cozy should hope to attract. I wish Delores the best wherever she decides to relocate, but I really think that for what she was trying to achieve, DT was a better location than Broad Ripple. I'd love to hear other thoughts.
  • Urban Element
    Is Urban Element relocating or opening a second location?
  • Urban Element
    Ablerock: It is opening a second location. I will also clarify the post.
  • Thanks
    Thanks Cory. :-)
  • Urban Element
    This is awesome, I always got the two confused and now I don't have to be.

  • Sahms
    Does the Sahms at the new location have a dining area that does not require placing your order at the counter?
  • Something else
    Also Cornerstone downtown is now called Buzz. I'm guessing it's under new management. They have a few sandwiches. I had one today (the Cuban). It was pretty tasty.

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  1. I had read earlier this spring that Noodles & Co was going to open in the Fishers Marketplace (which is SR 37 and 131st St, not 141st St, just FYI). Any word on that? Also, do you happen to know what is being built in Carmel at Pennsylvania and Old Meridian? May just be an office building but I'm not sure.

  2. I'm sorry, but you are flat out wrong. There are few tracks in the world with the history of IMS and probably NO OTHER as widely known and recognized. I don't care what you think about the stat of Indy Car racing, these are pretty hard things to dispute.

  3. Also wondering if there is an update on the Brockway Pub-Danny Boy restaurant/taproom that was planned for the village as well?

  4. Why does the majority get to trample on the rights of the minority? You do realize that banning gay marriage does not rid the world of gay people, right? They are still going to be around and they are still going to continue to exist. The best way to get it all out of the spotlight? LEGALIZE IT! If gay marriage is legal, they will get to stop trying to push for it and you will get to stop seeing it all over the news. Why do Christians get to decide what is moral?? Why do you get to push your religion on others? How would legalizing gay marriage expose their lifestyle to your children? By the way, their lifestyle is going to continue whether gay marriage is legalized or not. It's been legal in Canada for quite a while now and they seem to be doing just fine. What about actual rules handed down by God? What about not working on Sundays? What about obeying your parents? What about adultery? These are in the 10 Commandments, the most important of God's rules. Yet they are all perfectly legal. What about divorce? Only God is allowed to dissolve a marriage so why don't you work hard to get divorce banned? Why do you get to pick and choose the parts of the Bible you care about?

  5. Look at the bright side. With the new Lowe's call center, that means 1000 jobs at $10 bucks an hour. IMS has to be drooling over all that disposable income. If those employees can save all their extra money after bills, in five years they can go to the race LIVE. Can you say attendance boost?