Indy restaurant roundup: Ripple Inn, Sinking Ship, Longhorn Steakhouse

July 21, 2010
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Broad Ripple Steakhouse buildingA new restaurant concept is poised to take the former home of Broad Ripple Steakhouse. Local investors Troy Smith and Jason Tipton of Fresh Basics LLC plan to open The Ripple Inn, named for the hotel that once occupied the building at 929 E. Westfield Boulevard, in the next two to three months. It's their first restaurant in Indianapolis, and will feature steak and seafood entrees with a modern twist, along with lower priced offerings including a Ripple Burger and crabcake sandwiches. The deal was brokered by Brian Epstein of Urban Space Commercial.

In other restaurant news:

  • The Sinking Ship, a new restaurant and bar, is under construction in the former home of Steck Plumbing at 4923 N. College Ave. The Meridian-Kessler Neighborhood Association is hosting a meeting at 7:30 p.m. July 27 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church so neighbors can learn more about plans for the lunch, dinner and drinks spot. The registered agent for the new restaurant is Andrew Hamaker.
  • Longhorn Steakhouse is opening a new restaurant in front of Castleton Square Mall in a former Smokey Bones location. The Darden Restaurants concept has locations along West 86th Street, East Washington Street and at I-65 and Southport Road, along with restaurants in Avon and Carmel. The new location is slated to open in November.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings plans to open in the former home of a dance studio in Brownsburg. The restaurant is taking 6,400 square feet at 1551 N. Green St., in the same center as Boulder Creek Dining Company and Pizza King. The chain has 14 Indianapolis-area locations.
  • Mexico City Grill is taking 5,600 square feet in Fishers. The restaurant already is under construction in a Kite Realty shopping center anchored by Marsh at 116th Street and Allisonville Road. The restaurant has a location on the south side, at Emerson Avenue and Stop 11 Road.
  • Nites Restaurant and Bar is proposed for a strip center across County Line Road from Greenwood Park Mall. The 1,500-square-foot restaurant at 2308 E. County Line Road is owned by Spice Restaurant Group LLC.
  • 3 New Restaurants
    Cory, can you use your connections and tell us who the 3 new restaurants are going to be in Keystone Construction's new multiuse project in Carmel? (4 story - 2 level undgerground parking}
  • El Torito Grill
    Whats the story with El Torito at Keystone Mall?
    • Geist Area Vineyard
      Cory, can you also use your connections to see what's going on on Carrol Road in Geist? Looks like a vineyard going in. It has been flying up over the past few days. Thanks!!
    • El Torito Location
      @Mallgril A Darden concept called Seasons 52 is going into the old El Torito location.
    • geist vineyard
      I believe one of the other recent threads contains info on this...
    • I hope The Ripple Inn
      pays their taxes unlike the previous owner.
    • Chatham Yea/MexicoCity No
      Mexico City Grill is going to have a tough time...Two new Mexican joints just opened and joined an already saturated market.

      On a positive note the new Chatham Tap opened in Fishers and was fantastic..the pear, gorgonzola, rasher bacon sandwich was great!
    • Seasons 52
      Here's the post on Seasons 52:

      P.S. I think some of you might be overestimating my connections!
    • Competition in the 'Burg
      It'll be interesting to see if Wings Etc. can withstand the challenge from Buffalo Wild Wings in Brownsburg. I'm hear Wings Etc. may be closing. Not good.
    • Wings etc
      Wings etc in Brownsburg is absolutely horrible. I can't wait for BW3s and the chance to have decent wings nearby. I have no doubt that BW3s will do great in this location, even with other restaurants like Boulder Creek and Pizza King in the same location. Brownsburg needs more restaurants!
    • steck plumbing
      So is this "the sinking ship" in the old steck plumbing building going to renovate that building, I hope they do, as its brought the whole corner intersection down. I think this could be good for the neighborhood!
    • @David
      I think you are confusing the Steck Plumbing Building with the abomination that is the "Uptown" commercial project across the street. That corner has had a sign announcing plans for some live-work space for years! Apparently the gentlemen who are driving the project are presenting to MKNA this evening and everyone in our neighborhood should show up to hear what they have to say! The time for that corner has come. I hope these guys can get it done.
    • Wings in Brownsburg NOT closing
      Don't know where you heard that rumor, but it's totally untrue. In fact, the owner there has brought in a new senior manager (three weeks ago) who is upping their game big time. I know the guy he brought in--prior management with Applebee's, Friday's and O'Charley's. Might be worth another try.
      • Great Work!
        Cory, you do a stand up job. Keep partying!
      • Wings in Brownsburg

        The owner should have addressed the problems before BW3s came to town. If you talk to him though, the sauce needs some serious work. Not just the flavor but the application. I would much rather have Wings Etc turn it around than see them go.
      • 52nd & College?
        What is going in at the old Box Office Video location at 52nd and College? Anyone?
      • unfair to employees
        The Ripple Inn has closed with thousands of dollars unpaid wages to the employees.
      • Coal Pizza
        Will the common owner do the same with employees at Coal Pizza? Legal action should stop him before he does.

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      2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

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