Roundup: Tasting room, tavern, new restaurants, MacExperience & more

August 11, 2010
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  • Compass roseNew Day Meadery has opened a tasting room at 1102 Prospect St. in Fountain Square. Owners Tia Agnew and Brett Canaday opened the state's first and only producer of honey-based wine in 2005 in Elwood, but wanted a tasting room closer to more potential customers. Visitors can sample individual styles of mead for $5 a glass, or a flight of all 8 for $5.
  • Tavern on South, a new bar and restaurant, is taking 8,000 square feet at 423 W. South St., near Lucas Oil Stadium. The owner is Steve Geisler, a former executive at The Hawthorns Golf & Country Club in Fishers.
  • Pampolina, a children's clothing store with German roots, is opening its first U.S. location at The Fashion Mall at Keystone. The franchise store, owned by Roshelle Polo, is taking 1,700 square feet and is slated to open in September.
  • The MacExperience, a licensed Apple computer retailer, has moved its store at 45 S. Franklin Road to join with home-entertainment specialist Ovation inside its location at 6609 E. 82nd St. in Castleton. The combined store hopes to challenge big-box competitors including Best Buy and HHGregg. MacExperience also has stores in downtown Indianapolis, Greenwood and Bloomington. Ovation has a second store in Greenwood.
  • Pure Eatery, serving a basic menu of soups, salads and sandwiches, has opened in Fountain Square's Murphy Arts Center. Owner Amy Andrus is a South Carolina native and restaurant industry veteran who moved here in 1999.
  • Square Rootz Deli has opened on Prospect Street across from Fountain Square Theater. Owner Jeff Reuter's menu includes gourmet sandwiches, old-school sodas and homemade desserts.
  • Double Apple Lounge, a new restaurant, is planning to open at the corner of 96th Street and Michigan Road. A state filing lists the owner as Gladys Botina.
  • Vanilla Bean Bakery plans to take 1,150 squre feet at the northeast corner of 86th Street and Township Line Road, across the street from a Kroger store.
  • Vineyard Liquors is opening a new shop at 7750 S. Meridian St., near Stop 11 Road, in a retail center with a Family Video. The shop is taking 4,200 square feet in the building, which is owned by the video-rental chain.
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  • MacExperience?
    I got really excited when I saw the name "MacExperience" up there...until I realized that it had to do with Apple crap and not a restaurant dedicated to gourmet interpretations of Mac&Cheese. So sad...
    • Kahn's
      I wonder if Kahn's is still planning on opening a new location in the old O'Malia's on 86th street. Isn't that where the Vanilla Bean Bakery is going in now?
    • Jawohl!
      Glad to hear that the children will have somewhere to go for all of their lederhosen needs. Wunderbar!
    • Mead
      New Day isn't Indiana's "first and only" meadery. From the Oliver Winery website:

      "Oliver Winery opened to the public in 1972. Initially, sales were modest but grew quickly after we began making Camelot Mead, a light wine made from honey."
    • Meadery not Winery
      "New Day isn't Indiana's "first and only" meadery."

      Oliver is a Winery that sometimes makes mead. New Day is a Meadery that only makes mead. I don't think that the claim to being the only meadery in the state is inaccurate.

      By the way, the mead is really fantastic. Brett and Tia are great additions to the Fountain Square business community. I would encourage everyone to stop in and welcome them.
    • Fountain Square
      Square Rootz Deli and Pure Eatery are both great.

      Square Rootz has a homey, comfort-food feel, plus a great variety of lesser-known sodas. I've gotten into the habit of trying a new one every visit. Their meatload is addictive.

      Pure's menu is simple and tasty. I love their caprese panini and asparagus salad.

      The staff at both restaurants are kind and eager to please. Check 'em out!
    • Mac what?
      You are an Architect and you refer to Apple Mac as cr*p? That says alot about your aesthetic. Do you still draw with a No. 2 pencil?
    • Amax
      Amax, whereas I don't feel the need to get into the Mac/PC argument, I'll bite.
      I work in a large business. If I wanted a toy with a nice "aesthetic", I'd have a Mac. If I wanted a business machine capable of doing anything I need it to without breaking the bank, I'd have a PC. Go back to trolling somewhere else.
    • That sounds hard to digest
      I'm worried about the "meatload" Ablerock is eating. Does that require a long nap afterwards? HaHa

      As an Irvington resident, I try to not get jealous of the mojo Fountain Square has been building. It really feels like it's hitting a "critical mass" there more quickly than my burg.
      • Dutcheastindie
        Dutch - I agree with you. I don't live in Irvington but have family and friends who do, so I spend a lot of time there. There was a lot of momentum there a few years ago, but it seems to be slowing down while Fountain Square is picking up. It has some to do with the owner of the Murphy building who is encouraging a lot of businesses to come in, the city, which has spent money rebuilding the fountain and some other infrastructure in the area, and it has a close proximity to downtown, drawing young to middle age professionals like me there after work. Getting to the east side is not as convenient and offers a bit less walkable area being on Washington St. I love Irvington and believe it can still support more businesses given the far superior surrounding residential area compared to Fountain Square. I'm hoping one day the Irvington business corridor will pick back up, but it's going to have to do so with outside customers, just like what sustains Fountain Square, and in that regard, it has a bit more of a challenge ahead. Go support Legend, Jockamo, Lazy Daze and the Indie Handycraft Exchange and all the other businesses around there!
      • Fountain Square
        I'm really trying to convince my wife that we should move to the Fountain Square area, or at least invest in some property there. It really is growing by leaps and bounds, and I'm glad to hear it. Now only if I could afford one of the condos in the adapted church down there...
      • Irvington
        Irvington is different, partly because the neighborhood is historically anti-liquor-license, and partly because Eli Lilly is not two minutes away. Lilly's high-paid workers drive the lunchtime and after-work business at the Fountain Square eateries.
      • Indonesian
        Has anybody heard anything else on Garuda, the indonesian restaurant coming to Broadripple?
        • Meatload!
          Oops, That is too funny! Definitely good ol' meatloaf they're serving. :-)

        • Fountain Square Hopping
          There is a tremendous amount of private investment happening in Fountain Square, & Fletcher Place. Locally-owned eateries, terrific night spots, some of the best art galleries in the city, Architecture, Design and Marketing firms... the list goes on and on. Good things are happening on the near southeast side!
        • New FS eateries good
          I live in Fountain Square and complained that there was no deli, (Subway doesn't count) and now we have two: Pure and Square Rootz! Both are really yummy. I've been in the area for about 3 years and I'm amazed at how much it's improved. Can't wait for the Cultural Trail to make its way down there.
        • Vineyard Liquors
          That's just what we need a liquor store beside of another liquor store, by the way the family video has been closed for at least a year. This is a vacant building.
        • Northside Social
          Northside Social is opening a sandwich shop next to their current location in a former appliance store.
          http://www.indystar.com/article/20100816/LOCAL1802/8160359/1279/BUSINESS04/Northside-Social-to-open-sandwich-shop
        • Garuda
          Hello there! Garuda will open October the 1st! It is on 52nd just behind Taste.
        • Not so fast
          The grass is always greener. We've been on pace for a while. What should have taken 2 years has taken 10. At this rate, I might be able to enjoy FS and the effort I've put in by the time I can cane accross the square without getting squashed by a jalopey :) It certainly is nice to see both places getting quite a bit of attention and influx of late!

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