Roundup: Jockamo, Red Habanero, Black Market, Candy Bouquet & more

November 8, 2010
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  • Compass roseJockamo Upper Crust Pizza, the popular Irvington restaurant, has opened a new location in Old Town Greenwood. The restaurant is at 401 Market Plaza, south of Main Street and west of Madison Avenue. Co-owner Mick McGrath, a former general manager at Bazbeaux, opened the original Jockamo in 2007.
  • Red Habanero plans to open a second location in front of Walmart along 96th Street in the former home of the short-lived tapas restaurant El Bodegon. The new Mexican spot, slated to open in late December or early January, is a few miles east of the existing restaurant at 96th Street and Gray Road. The owner is Raul Perez.
  • The Black Market, a local gastropub, is scheduled to open in December at 922 Massachusetts Ave. The owners are Ed and Sasathorn Rudisell of Siam Square, and the chef is Micah Frank of R Bistro.
  • Candy Bouquet has replaced the Marmi shoe store at The Fashion Mall at Keystone (at least through Valentine's Day). The Arkansas-based concept offers a sweet-tooth's take on the Edible Arrangements model, selling arrangements of candy and chocolate for a variety of occasions. The chain also has a location along County Line Road just north of Greenwood Park Mall, and at Hamilton Town Center.
  • Indiana Leather Company, a perveyor of handbags, backpacks and wallets, is scheduled to open at The Fashion Mall at Keystone Nov. 12. Also at Fashion Mall, local men's clothier Raleigh Ltd. has opened its new store.
  • Jem Jewellers, a local specialty jeweler, and Escapades, a locally owned women's specialty boutique, have opened in Carmel's Clay Terrace. Both shops moved from previous locations in Fishers.
  • Donatos Pizza plans to open a new restaurant in the Villagio at Page Pointe condo building at the corner of Virginia Avenue and South East Street. The restaurant, owned by franchisee Mike Simon, is set to open Nov. 29.
  • Firehouse Subs is continuing its local rollout with a new location in Plainfield. The Florida-based chain plans to take about 1,900 square feet at 1820 E. Main St. Other local restaurants are in Avon and Indianapolis.
  • Buffalo Wings & Rings has closed its downtown Indianapolis store at 111 W. Maryland St. The Cincinnati-based chain has four other Indiana locations that remain open, including in Greensburg.
  • Cooper's Hawk Winery is now open in the former home of Bahama Breeze on 96th Street east of Keystone Avenue. It looks like a whole new building.
  • Family Dollar has won approval to build a new store at the southeast corner of Morris Street and Sheffield Avenue on the near west side. The 8,000-square-foot store will replace several existing buildings.
  • Buffalo Wings and Rings
    I'm really sorry they closed. Once they opened, I never set foot in BW3's downtown. Their food and service were so much better than BW's. They were never that crowded at lunch though and I was worried they would close. What a shame - I'll miss them!
    • Family Dollar
      Interesting that the MDC approved the Family Dollar at Morris/Sheffield despite a staff report that "recommends its denial due to grave concerns relative to the inappropriateness of the proposed design, as detailed in this report."

      I understand that there are borderline cases where the Commission and staff might not agree, but what is the point of the staff reports if we ignore their recommendations even when they have "grave concerns"? At another point in the report, they call it "wholly inappropriate."

      Take a look at the staff report (p23) -- the Family Dollar proposal IS a terrible design:
    • Family Dollar
      My understanding is they approved it "with modifications" ... Not sure yet what those are exactly.
    • Donatello's
      A permit on door indicates Danatello's to open soon in Carmel on Main Stret.
    • Closings
      I can believe Buffalo Wings n' Rings closed. I had a terrible experience there. I was wondering about Tip Top Tavern. It appears to be closed.
    • Jockamo Upper Crust
      Good luck with that "down the parking lot, down the hill" and very hidden location that used to be "The Olde Town Country Buffet and Grill" that Jockamo has chosen in Greentucky. Hope the little root beer stand doesn't have the car show there on the weekends, come summer. It will be nuts down there.
    • Buffalo Wings and Rings
      Talk about odd timing - I just emailed Wings and Rings corporate HQ to see if they were going to be opening any more in Central Indiana. they told me in June 2009 that they were planning on opening 6, here.
    • Donatos???
      Donatos in the Vellagio? Ugh!
    • Pizza
      Looking forward to Jockamo's in Greenwood. I heard the pizza is really good.
      • Longhorn
        The new Longhorn Steakhouse in front of Castleton Square Mall has opened.
      • urban element?
        what's going on w/ urban element? looks like they've put a lot of work into the penn location. do they have a new owner?

        not surprised about buffalo wings and time was enough for me. looking forward to black market, though.

        thanks for the updates, cory.
      • Yum
        Jockamo's pizza is wonderful
      • tip top
        went there a few weeks ago for some friday afterwork drinks and there were 3 sunday papers at the front door and NO lights on. great spot for a dumpy bar but awful for any kind of 'night life' patrons.
      • JOCKAMO
        A little sarcastic aren't you Dave. Believe me the kind, friendly and NOT so snoby folks of GreenWOOD will have no problem finding Jockamo's.
      • Me????
        Kathy - Me being sarcastic? Never, LOL. However the guy that owned that Olde Towne Buffet told me that the location was a horrible turn off for business. Jockamo's will do better - on the name alone. Apologies to the fine folk of Greenwood....
      • The old Abby location
        What's going on with the old Abby location? I heard that the Urban Elements sold but I don't know what kind of restaurant is going in there.
      • JOCKAMO
        Dave...apology excepted :) By the way I went to Jockamo's this evening and it was an awesome place and the food was great. They also had a good crowd. I would imagine that IBJ's announcement of their oppening will also help get the word out.
      • Have a Nice Day Cafe
        Cory: Heard anything about what will be going in what used to be Have a Nice Day Cafe downtown? Heard a rumor that an upscale Asian restaurant/bar is on the way. Thoughts anyone?
      • So....
        I find it hard to believe that nothing regarding business, architecture, or real estate has happened in Indy in the last 9 days...
      • closed
        "They were never that crowded at lunch" should have been your 1st clue that this place wasn't going to make it.

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