Chatham Tap owners ink deal for Fionn MacCool's space

May 14, 2010
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Chatham TapThe owners of the popular Chatham Tap on Mass Ave have agreed to lease the 4,200-square-foot former home of Fionn MacCool's on 116th Street in Fishers. Jim Ailes and David Pentzien hope to open their new English pub, tentatively called Fishers Tap, sometime in June. They were represented in the deal by Brian Epstein of Urban Space Commercial. The Broadbent Co. owns the building at 8211 116th St. Fionn MacCool's, which opened in 2005, abruptly closed in December. Owners Bill and Michelle Mills in a posting on Facebook blamed the "economic crisis" for the closure.

In other restaurant news, Baker & Daniels partner Trevor Belden has settled on a name for his new bar and lounge on the first floor of the new 3Mass building downtown: The Ball and Biscuit. The condo building's first retail tenant, reported here last November, is scheduled to open this summer.

  • Chatham Tap Expands
    I always appreciated the Chatham Tap while I was in Indianapolis. Glad to hear they're expanding.

    Andrew Gouty
  • Good News
    That is good news! Great to have another independant in Fishers....that has to be a heck of a savings for Chatham Tap considering Fionn McCools investment as a "pub" buildout.
  • More Good News
    It is amazing that there is life and good food in the burbs. I look forward to their new home in Fishers. I just wish Fishers would get a smoking policy. Just any FYI to Cory, if you are ever near Carmel try the new Pizzology as it is worth the drive.
  • Good choice
    I loved Fionn's, although the food wasn't too good and the seating was uncomfy. I did like that they played soccer games. I'm hoping Fishers Tap will open early for English games so people don't have to truck to Broad Ripple's Union Jacks. Their original chicken wings are so good!
    • June??
      Hmmm, will it open by World Cup???? It could be a great opening month!
    • Delaware Tap
      Suggestion on name...


      It's in Delaware Township and has a better ring than Fishers Tap in my opinion.
    • New Fishers Pub
      I'm really glad they are filling the space left by Finnon's- I hope they will play Rugby matches! That would be great- HSE has been working hard for the past 5 years to build a solid rugby team and having televised matches somewhere for families to watch would be great! HSE Rugby is an intermural sport and they are D1-- they made it to the 2nd round of State play this year!
    • 21+ or family?
      Karen brings up a great point. Should the pub go family style where it's a restaurant/bar or go full 21+. Given it's location, it might be wise to open it up to youth in the days. But on the other hand, that may be what killed Fionn's. At the end, I walked into Fionn's and it was dead.
      I also say, take that stage away, it was too small of a place to have live music.
    • Great! but use a better name!
      Looking forward to it! I agree that "Fishers Pub" is not a great name. Why not just call it Chatham's Pub, Fishers? I agree the seating in Fionn's was NOT very comfortable but we LOVED the live music! Need more TV's for sports.

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