Retail roundup: Kahn's plans new downtown store & more

September 24, 2010
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21 N PennKahn's Fine Wines & Spirits plans to open a new downtown location in the current home of John's Fine Wine & Spirits at 21 N. Pennsylvania St. The Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission on Oct. 4 will consider a request by Kahn's Fine Wines Downtown Inc. for a transfer of the John's package-store permit. Liz Coram, who has owned John's since 2000, said she's close to closing a deal to sell the business and 1920 building to Kahn's owner Jim Arnold, who could not be immediately reached. Coran said Kahn's has big plans to renovate and tranform the store, including taking advantage of a huge basement vault to showcase a selection of hundreds of wines. John's is a downtown landmark known for serving clientele ranging from homeless folks to professional athletes. It carries everything from a $2.50 liter of Dimitri gin to a $1,599 bottle of Kelt Petra cognac. Kahn's, which operates a superstore at 5341 N. Keystone Ave. carrying more than 5,000 wine varietals and 900 beers, recently began work on a second store in the former home of an O'Malia Food Market at 2342 W. 86th St. 

There's plenty more to report in the restaurant/retail world, as Property Lines catches up from an extended vacation. Here goes:

  • Triton Brewing Company has chosen a home for its brewery and tasting room: the former Fort Benjamin Harrison. The brewery led by Mike DeWeese, Jon Lang and David Waldman is taking a brick 1920s mule barn at 5764 Wheeler Road. The facility will feature a small retail space and a 40-seat, smoke-free tasting room and beer garden.
  • Teddy's Burger Joint is set to open Oct. 14, in a 4,000-square-foot space behind the Steak n Shake restaurant at Southport Road and Ind. 37. Owner Corey Larson is creating a restaurant featuring angus-beef burgers, a special kid's menu and occasional live accoustic music.
  • The Bakery at Geist, a new local pastry shop, is set to open in October at 8150 Oaklandon Road in the Geist Station Shopping Center. The 1,100-square-foot bakery led by Chef Ron Woods will sell a wide variety of breads, rolls, cakes and pastries. Woods trained at The Chef's Academy and previously worked as a baker at Rene's in Broad Ripple.
  • When Eddie Met Salad, the homegrown healthy chain led by Eddie Sans, is taking 1,300 square feet in the first floor of the Denison parking garage at 139 N. Illinois St.The chain already has four area restaurants, including three in Indianapolis and one in Carmel.
  • Nature's Karma, a new homegrown store selling products that are "environmentally gentle", plans to open Oct. 1 at Clay Terrace. Owner Melissa Evans plans to carry everything from recycled seatbelt purses to keyboard bags and wallets, soy candles to skincare products.
  • Tilly's Sweet Tooth Shop and Eatery plans to open a 1,200-square-foot carryout shop at 8847 N. Michigan Road. The shop owned by Jason Sherrell features caramel apples, fruit skewers, berry bowls and brownies.
  • Pandora, a jewelry concept known for its charm bracelets, has opened a 900-square-foot store at Castleton Square Mall. It is the Danish chain's first local store, although its products also are sold at local Jared stores.
  • Popcornopolis plans to open its first Indianapolis-area store in Castleton Square Mall on Oct. 1. The shop owned by George and Traci Bowman is the 11th location for the California-based chain.
  • The Cheese Shop, a staple of the Fashion Mall at Keystone since the mall opened, is moving across the street to Fashion Mall Commons (anchored by Kohl's). The shop owned by Bryon Meyer will make the move to space between LePeep and McAllister's in about three weeks.
  • Miami Subs Pizza & Grill plans to open its first local location as part of a service station at 112 Opportunity Parkway in Greenfield. The chain has locations in Florida, New York and the Carolinas.
  • Max & Erma's has closed its Castleton restaurant. The Columbus, Ohio-based chain has two remaining Indianapolis-area restaurants, in Carmel and Greenwood.
  • Brewery
    Work has began on the former Sunflower market on Broadripple to be used by Scotty's Brewery as a tasting room and brewing location.
    • Holla!
      Cory's back from vacation, y'all. Good bits today.
    • Max & Erma's
      I think there is also still a location at 71st Street in Intech Commons.
    • Bahama Breeze location
      I saw work being done at this location, any idea what's going in? I know the location in Louisville is being turned into a Chuy's (chain from Austin, TX) any luck we may get that here in Indy?
      • wow
        That's a really encouraging amount of development. Good luck to all of them!
      • Chuy's
      • Old Bahama Breeze
        Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant is going into the old Bahama Breeze location. Cory reported on it on July 13, 2010.
      • Scotty's Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co.
        Thanks Crystal - we should be open by December...
      • Thanks
        Thanks gobnaitx I must have missed it!
      • Max and Erma's
        Yes there is~
      • Love Chuy's
        I love Chuy's, been to that place in Austin.
        Good times!
      • Broad Ripple Steakhouse
        Looks like there was a signage change on the former Broad Ripple Steakhouse. Any details?
      • Scotty's
        You are welcome looking forward to you guys opening I don't live too far from there. Keep us posted.
      • Cheese Shop Move
        Good news about the move! That will make it easier to run in and pick up a few things without having to complicate life with mall parking, etc.
      • Sonic
        May have mentioned this before but there is a new Sonic, in Camby.
      • Max and Erma's
        I just checked their site and the one on 71st street isn't listed anymore. Seems just like the other day i passed by that and it was open. I know the Wendy's closed there.
      • More Dining Options
        It would be nice if we could get some more dining options around 10th and Arlington. This area is prime for dining with the demographics in the area.
      • Old CPK location
        What is going in to the old California Pizza Kitchen space above JCrew? This Goombahs Italian???
      • Max & Erma's
        The M&E location near Intech park closed two weeks ago.
      • The Old Broad Ripple Steakhouse
        The old broad ripple steakhouse will become the Ripple INN.
      • Bahama Breeze
        Coopers Hawk Winery & Restaurant is going into the former Bahama Breeze.
      • Downtown
        Taste of Tango has closed downtown.
      • Welcome to the Neighborhood!
        I was so excited to hear about Triton Brewing Company coming to Fort Harrison! What more could I ask for: the YMCA and a brewery within walking distance from my house.

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