Roundup: LoveSac, St. Elmo, Jets Pizza, Hokkaido Buffet

April 12, 2011
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  • LoveSacLoveSac Alternative Furniture Co. has opened a store at The Fashion Mall at Keystone, its only location in Indiana. The Connecticut-based chain, which specializes in bag chairs and modular furniture, has grown to include 42 U.S. locations. It all started when founder Shawn D. Nelson started innovating on the basic bean-bag chair. In 2005, Nelson won $1 million as the last man standing on Richard Branson's Rebel Billionaire reality TV show. The shop has taken about 1,200 square feet across from The Finish Line in the Nordstrom wing.
  • Jets Pizza has opened a new restaurant near 86th Street and Township Line Road. It is the third central Indiana location, after Carmel and Greenwood, for the Michigan-based chain known for its deep-dish pies. The new location is at 2464 Lake Circle Drive.
  • Pei Wei Asian Diner is hiring and plans to open its new restaurant at Glendale Town Center this month. The chain is part of Arizona-based P.F. Chang's China Bistro Inc.
  • Hokkaido Buffet has filed plans to open in a vacant space just east of Castleton Square Mall. The restaurant will take 14,400-square feet at 6304 E. 82nd St.
  • Potbelly Sandwich Works hopes to open its new restaurant on Monument Circle in the former home of Quizno's by May 3. An earlier post is here.
  • Subway has filed plans to open a new sandwich shop at 8800 N. Michigan Road across from a J.C. Penney store and next to Famous Dave's. The restaurant is taking 1,865 square feet.
  • St. Elmo Steak House is spending about $1.6 million to convert 3,000 square feet on the second floor of the restaurant's three-building complex from office space into a new bar and lounge. Find many more details of the expansion, along with videos and a history of the legendary local establishment, at IBJ's Inside Dish.
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  • First Indiana store?
    You mean LoveSac's first Indiana store since they closed the location they had in Circle Centre?
  • Responding
    I stand corrected. I wasn't aware they previously had a store here.
  • Calle 52
    Hi Cory, any updates on the Calle 52 situation? Enquiring minds want to know!
  • Rock Bottom Lease?
    Did the Rock Bottom restaurant downtown ever solve their lease dispute? Will they be able to stay in their current location?
  • LoveSac
    The last time I entered LoveSac into Google, I got an angry note from our IT Department.
  • Hmmm....
    What vacated the space that LoveSac is taking?
    • LoveSac space
      I think it was a teen/20s fashion store.
      • Lovesac space
        It replaced Emporium which moved into the old Sony Style location. Just temporary however, most likely leaving when the mall goes under its renovation.

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