Roundup: Presley Presents, La Margarita, Stacked Pickle, Chicago's Pizza, Pioneer

May 18, 2011
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  • Compass rosePresley Presents, a new family dinner theater and banquet facility, is planned for 4,700 square feet in a strip center along 96th Street behind Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant and Claddagh Irish Pub. The attraction will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets Monday through Thursday, and live entertainment from comics, singers and impersonators on Friday and Saturday nights, said Art Small, one of the owners. On Sundays, the center will host "The Gospel Buffet" with entertainment from church choirs. The facility is scheduled to open in July.
  • La Margarita, a locally owned Mexican restaurant, plans to open a new location in Fountain Square's Murphy Arts Building. The new spot, owned by Lori Rangel-Grubbs, will feature the same menu as the flagship restaurant at 96th and Meridian streets, along with an upscale bar offering more than 70 types of tequila and an outdoor dining area along the Cultural Trail. They hope to open in July.
  • Stacked Pickle, a homegrown restaurant and bar in Carmel, plans to open a new location in Fishers. The Pickle is taking about 5,000 square feet in the Marsh-anchored Fishers Station strip center at the northeast corner of 116th Street and Allisonville Road. Owner Chris Long hopes to open the restaurant in late August. The Carmel location is at 12545 Old Meridian St.
  • Chicago's Pizza is opening a new restaurant at the southwest corner of County Line Road and U.S. 31 in Greenwood. The 4,100-square-foot space previously was home to a Blockbuster Video. Chicago's also has restaurants in Indianapolis, Bargersville, Clermont, Franklin, Greenfield, McCordsville and Plainfield.
  • Pioneer, a new restaurant, bar and music hall, is planned for Fountain Square in the former home of Deano's Vino. Owner Bryce Caldwell bought the 8,000-square-foot building at 1110 S. Shelby St. in December, and plans to build a 4,200-square-foot addition to house the music venue. This story was first reported in IBJ's Real Estate Weekly. Read the story here.
  • City Barbeque plans to open a second central Indiana restaurant, in Avon. The Ohio-based chain has filed plans for a 4,100-square-foot location at 9116 Rockville Road, just east of Raceway Road. The chain's first location opened last year at 7863 U.S. 31 South.
  • J.T. Johnson's American Grill has opened in the former home of Damon's Grill at Interstate 65 and Southport Road. Owner Todd Johnson, who also owns the Mucky Duck Pub, bought the 7,300-square-foot building earlier this year.
  • Mr. Dan's, the local burger chain, plans to open a new restaurant on the site of a former Waffle House at 2621 W. 16th St. Owner James Sims also plans to open a No Limit Barber and Beauty Shop in the 4,700-square-foot building, which is set for a makeover.
  • Jason's Deli has filed plans for a new restaurant at 12405 N. Meridian St., just south of Carmel Drive. The Houston-based chain plans to take about 4,000 square feet in the strip center.
  • Asia Bistro is taking 1,200 square feet in the Fishers Station strip center at the northeast corner of 116th Street and Allisonville Road. The center owned by Kite Realty Group has undergone an extensive makeover.
  • Starbucks plans to open a coffee shop in the new JW Marriott Indianapolis. The chain is taking about 1,400 square feet previously used as conference space.
  • DriveTime, a chain of car dealerships that competes with locally based J.D. Byrider for customers with "less-than-perfect" credit, has filed plans to open a second central Indiana location at 3717 Lafayette Road. The Phoenix-based chain already has one local dealership flying its flag, at 1202 N. Shadeland Ave.
  • The National Bank of Indianapolis has filed plans for a new 5,000-square-foot branch in Carmel. The bank at 613 E. Carmel Drive replaces a former Burger King restaurant.
  • Chinland Asian Grocery is set to replace a former Mexican restaurant at 2351 E. Stop 11 Road, just east of Madison Avenue. The store is taking 1,200 square feet.
  • Zing Restaurant, the homegrown restaurant at 543 Indiana Ave., has closed. Property Lines first reported the closure on Twitter. Follow @propertylines.
  • Great for La Margarita
    That is great news for Lori Rangel and all the family and folks at LaMargarita...a great family Mexican restaurant, can't wait to have a second location. Great deal for the folks in Fountain Square...we eat at the one on Meridian all the time, great food and service...RIP Larry Rangel...he had some great recipes, and the family and staff has carried on very well since his passing.
  • Zing
    As I was heading the Victory Field on Tuesday, I noticed that Zing had closed its doors. I'm not altogether surprised; the area isn't yet developed enough to support a restaurant/bar, unfortunately. Sadly, I hadn't had the opportunity to visit it before it closed its doors. Hopefully some other local business owner can find a viable use for this building. I'd hate to see it go back into disuse and decay.
    • No opportunity?
      When someone says they didn't have an opportunity to visit a venue that's been open for a long makes me wonder. All of us need to find the time and support locally-owned restaurants and also try something "different" for a change. We have to MAKE the opportunity.
    • CHICAGO'S pizza
      Great news on the Chicago's opening in Greenwood, we love their pizza!
    • Fountain Square
      I am so excited that we are moving Heartland Truly Moving Pictures to Fountain Square into the Murphy Building in July. So many great restaurants and things to do. It just keeps getting better.
    • City BBQ address?
      Are you sure on that address for City BBQ in Avon? 9116 doesn't exist as an inline tenant space and I'd be surprised to see it develope its own building?
        That is probably correct, the one here on thee southside is a free standing building and that is what city bbq usually does.
      • City BBQ
        I don't think they are that close to opening then and I don't believe they have filed any plans yet.
      • Chicago's Pizza
        I really miss the old Chicago's Pizza that was just off the circle in downtown Indy. I don't know the name of the building, but you walked in and went downstairs to the restaurant. The atmosphere of the old downtown Indy Chicago's was one of the best for a restaurant.

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