Roundup: Urban Element, Lovers Lane, Jets Pizza, IHOP, Taco Bell, Music Mill

December 14, 2010
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  • Compass roseUrban Element Cafe & Lounge has reopened under new ownership. The restaurant at 901 N. Pennsylvania St. has a new look and is now open daily for lunch, according to a Facebook announcement from new proprietor and recent Purdue graduate Mike Higbee.
  • IHOP is planning a new restaurant near Interstate 69 and 96th Street in Fishers. The 4,594-square-foot restaurant will be built along North by Northeast Boulevard. The IHOP chain, part of California-based DineEquity Inc., has two Indianapolis-area restaurants.
  • Lover's Lane plans to open a new location in a former tanning salon next to a south-side Walmart. The adult-oriented retailer is taking 3,000 square feet at 7225 U.S. 31 South, The Michigan-based chain already has a location at 6038 E. 82nd St., across from Castleton Square Mall.
  • Little Caesars is opening new restaurants at 1264 W. 86th St., just east of Ditch Road, and at 4477 E. 10th St., the former home of a cash-advance shop. The restaurants, owned by separate franchisees, will take about 1,400 square feet.
  • Jets Pizza plans to take about 1,650 square feet in the Willow Lake Shopping Center at the northwest corner of 86th Street and Township Line Road. The Michigan-based chain already has locations in Greenwood, at 954 N. SR 135, and Carmel, at 2764 E. 146th St.
  • Donatos plans to open a new location at the Greenwood Place Shopping Center at 7683 Shelby St.
  • Taco Bell plans to build a new store at the former home of Mark Pi's China Gate at 1439 E. 86th St. The 2,855-square-foot restaurant will be owned by locally based franchisee Southern Bells Inc.
  • ShopKomen, featuring Susan G. Komen for the Cure apparel and gifts, has opened on the second floor of Circle Centre near Carson Pirie Scott. Shop operator MainGate Inc. will give a portion of sales for breast cancer research.
  • Francesca’s Collections, a women's fashion retailer based in Houston, plans to open its third area store at Circle Centre mall in March in a spot near Nordstrom. The chain has boutiques at Castleton Square and at Clay Terrace.
  • Studio 49, an exercise facility, is slated to open in a vacant space near Cafe Patachou at 4913 Pennsylvania St. A filing shows the new gym will take about 1,800 square feet.
  • Clay Oven, a restaurant, has filed plans to take 1,774 square feet in Southport Centre, a Walmart-anchored shopping center between U.S. 31 South and Shelby Street.
  • GNC plans to build a new 1,800-square-foot store outside Greenwood Park mall. The Pittsburgh-based chain's nearest location is at 7863 Shelby St.
  • Music Mill has closed again. The restaurant and concert venue went out of business twice in 2009, only to reopen with new owners. A Broadbent Co. subsidiary that owns the 15,000-square-foot building at 3720 E. 82nd St. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in October. Broadbent has listed the building as available for sale or lease. UPDATE: The space is available for special events and corporate outings, but the concert venue and restaurant remain closed.
  • Have a Nice Day Cafe, the nightlife standby at at 225 S. Meridian St., has closed. No word yet on a replacement.
  • Santorini Greek Kitchen, at 1417 E. Prospect St. in Fountain Square, has reopened after a fire.
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  • Broadripple Happenings
    Openings

    Parcha Sweets, located at 2215 Broad Ripple Avenue

    New Paradise Cafe is open at 6314 Winthrop Avenue

    Bebop Pizza Kitchen is open at 54th and College

    Closings

    Tee-Pot has closed their location at 6378 College Avenue

    Trash To Treasures has closed their shop at the north east corner of 62nd and College Avenue


  • Paradise?
    This isn't the Paradise Bakery & Cafe's located around Indy in Broad Ripple, is it? They don't have this location listed anywhere.
    • Broad Ripple
      I don't live there but I love the Broad Ripple area:) I always feel like I'm on vacation when I visit the area.
    • New Paradise Cafe
      No I think they are an independent place.
      Cornucopia used to be there.
    • Good Concept, Wrong Location
      Music Mill closed (again) on the north side and Have a Nice Day Cafe closed downtown. Can someone please take the live music venue concept that was misplaced on the northside and fill in the hole left by that ridiculous excuse for a club in the heart of downtown?
      • Pei Wei - Glendale
        Any word on when the Pei Wei restaurant in Glendale will open?
      • Note to Crystal:
        Thanks for the updates. BTW, it's Broad Ripple - 2 words.
      • Mark Pi's
        Although I'm sad to see that old owners of Mark Pi's close their location, I'm glad that the building isn't going to sit there empty for very long.....even if it is a Taco Bell.
      • Indy Music Scene
        Couldn't agree more jrob... I always wondered why in the world a music venue like that was way up in the snooty part of town where people just aren't into live music. Downtown would be a much better location for such an effort. Personally, I have been trying to find out if there is A.) Interest in a downtown venue and B.) If it would be feesible.
        • Steak to Sushi?
          The rumor on the street is that the owner of Mo's steakhouse signed a lease at the old Have a Nice Day. Supposedly building a sushi restaurant/nightclub. Music Mill is cursed. Doesn't help that previous owners had no clue what they were doing. Would be an interesting concept with the right people running it.
        • Vito's old location
          The For Lease sign has disappered from the old Vito's location on Pennsylvania just north of Washington. Anybody know what's going on?
        • Another sushi on Meridian?
          Isn't there already a sushi bar/night club a couple of doors south on Meridian (SOTR)? Not sure there's room for two.
        • Pei Wei
          I think Pei Wei at Glendale will open in April.
        • Mark Pi's
          What happened to Mark Pi's? Did it move or was it not doing enough business?
        • Mark Pi's
          The owners of the franchise decided to retire. They couldn't sell the business but the building sold very quickly.
        • Leease end plus 2X
          End of lease and land lord wanted double rent. Sheer Greed!!! because of new Kroger development next door.
        • Carmel
          I rarely need to go to Carmel, but I happened to be in the area last week around 116th and Keystone and was shocked by all of the empty stores......Hobby Lobby, Burger King, O'Charley's, Blockbuster, Hardee's, Long Horn and a ton of smaller store fronts all empty. I understand that the Keystone project didn't help business, but Carmel or any other place in the metro area does NOT need to be building anymore strip malls when we have vacant blocks like this!
          • Have A Nice Day Location
            You are right, there is another Sushi place on S. Meridian, but people will be going to this new one. The food and atmosphere will be better IMO.
          • Taco bell
            I believe the Mark Pi building and most of the complex there on the Monon/86th is owned by Tim Quiser (proprietor of the Snooty Fox).
          • Fountain Square Venue
            Indy Jrob, IndieMusicLuvr,

            There's a potential mid-size venue planned for the former Naptown wine bar in Fountain Square (acrossfrom the FS Theater building). They are planning to build a large addition onto the rear. Some people in the neighborhood are opposed to it, including the theater building's owner. As a FS resident, I hope it happens.

            Also, there is a Chicago-style pizzeria opening soon in Fletcher Place next to Calvin Fletcher's coffee shop.
          • Carmel Dr Pizza Hut
            They tore down the Pizza Hut that closed a while back at the corner of Carmel Dr. & Rangeline Rd in Carmel and they've cleared the land like they're getting ready to build something. Anyone have any idea what they're planning to build there?
            • Carmel Dr/Rangeline
              It is a Turkey Hill convenience store and gas station.
            • Carmel
              Merchants Square, the former shopping meca of Carmel has a multitude of empty storefronts. Keystone Parkway construction killed several, the economy finished the rest. Mayor Brainard continues to pray that Paycheck Loans, Big Lots, and Brad's Gold Club will not fill the void!
            • Glendale
              GNC has opened a store at Glendale Mall.
              KFC is building a new location in front of the Goodwill store on 61st and Keystone and will be open by March 2011
            • Rumor?
              I heard that World Market (one of the last remaining tenants at Merchants Square) will be relocating to the Castleton Mall area. Has anyone else heard this?
            • broad ripple
              I have heard rumors that Pizzology is planning to open a store in the former Spin Nightclub building, across the street from Casba. Does anyone know if there is any truth to this?
              I had a pipe dream that Jakes Roadhouse from Purdue would open an outpost (a la Kilroy's DT) in this location with a 2nd floor rooftop bar overlooking Guilford Ave., and offer Pizza King pizza like they do in West Lafayette, since there is now no Pizza King in Ripple. Definitely a pipe dream.
            • Wondering
              Whatever happened to the plans for the Bonjour Cafe site at about 25th and Meridian? I thought that had been approved for a Dunkin' Donuts and ice cream store but it doesn't look like anything's happening. Just wondering.
            • Snooty?
              Excuse me, the "snooty" part of town? Please don't pass judgment. Location is the important part here, that is true, and The Music Mill is in a lousy location. The people who live around there have nothing to do with it.
            • Closings
              I noticed that Williams-Sonoma Home (not the kitchen store) is closed. According to multiple websites, all locations were closing across the country.
              Da Vinci Gelato at Clay Terrace is closed as well.
            • Quizno's
              Quizno's closed in the Circle Tower building on the circle.

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