A tasty roundup: El Rodeo, Vino Villa, Hotcakes, Subacos

July 19, 2011
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New places to eat:Compass rose

  • El Rodeo is heading downtown. The popular Mexican restaurant chain with outposts all around the city plans to take over the former home of Red Eye Cafe along Meridian Street, next door to Claddagh Irish Pub.
  • Vino Villa, a new wine bar and gift shop, is coming to Greenwood. Owner Paul Jacquin plans to open the 1,000-square-foot shop, which will offer gift baskets, wine tastings and dinner parties, at 200 N. Madison Ave.
  • Hotcakes Emporium, a breakfast spot along Ditch Road south of 86th Street, plans to open a second location on the south side. The 3,500-square-foot restaurant is planned for the northwest corner of Bluff and Southport roads.
  • Eggshell Bistro, a new breakfast and lunch restaurant, is scheduled to open in September in Carmel's City Center. The restaurant promises a variety of "healthy, rustic, fresh and often creative" dishes centered around the restaurant's namesake.
  • Tony Sacco's Coal Oven Pizza is scheduled to open a new location at Greenwood Park Mall in mid-August. The Florida-based restaurant chain, which has a location at Clay Terrace, plans to take a space between Stir Crazy and T.G.I. Friday's.
  • Subacos, a homegrown taco and sub shop with a location at College Mall in Bloomington, plans to open this month at the Greenwood Park Mall food court.
  • Jack in the Box has finally pulled permits for its first local store, after first targeting the central Indiana market in 2009. The 3,000-square-foot restaurant is planned for U.S. 31 South and County Line Road.
  • Mr. Dan's is opening another new location. The fast-growing local chain is adding a 2,000-square-foot restaurant along Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street just south of 29th Street.

Dearly departed or departing restaurants:

  • Jillian's plans to vacate its first-floor restaurant and bar space at 141 S. Meridian St. downtown, but continue operating an entertainment complex on the second and third floors. All the details are here.
  • Hue, the restaurant and lounge at Washington and Pennsylvania streets downtown, has closed. Hue replaced the shuttered Taste of Tango in late 2010.
  • The Glass Chimney, a fine-dining staple along Old Meridian Street just south of Main Street in Carmel, has closed.

Retail updates:

  • Ovation Audio-Video & The Mac Experience plans to open a new store in September at Greenwood Park Mall. The shop will be next door to T.G.I. Friday's.
  • Staples, the office and school-supply staple, is building a new store near Lafayette Road and Interstate 65, in a center anchored by Walmart and Best Buy. The 14,300-square-foot store will replace a location along West 38th Street between Lafayette and Moller roads.
  • Huntington Bank is building a new branch location along 96th Street just east of Interstate 69 on a site that was formerly home to a Noble Roman's restaurant.
  • Windsor, a women's boutique, plans to open this month at Greenwood Park Mall. The shop is planned for the JC Penney corridor.
  • Another recently deceased establishment...
    I tried to make reservations at Z's Oyster Bar in Castleton over the 4th of July weekend. There was no answer when calling the restaurant at 5:30 on a Saturday night. There is now a leasing sign on the building which apparently closed sometime last month. Surprised to see the joint stay open as long as they did given the horrible location.
  • BK on Carmel Drive
    What's going in on the bare pad where Burger King used to be on Carmel Drive next to the new Taco Bell?
  • La Bamba
    I think La Bamba mexican restaurant in Broadripple has closed.
    • Following up
      A new National Bank of Indianapolis branch is replacing the Burger King. Meant to include Z's as one of the closures but forgot. Thanks for mentioning. Notice anything else?
      • La Bamba
        Sorry about that they are still open I was thinking of someplace else.
      • Retail Roundup
      • Maybe I missed it
        Cory: Maybe I missed it in the blog, but it looks like Barley Island in BR has closed.
      • New Staples
        It's so exciting to hear that a new Staples will result in another mid-sized-box vacancy along 38th Street.
      • Tony Saccos
        For a while, Tony Sacco's was supposed to open a location at Hamilton Town Center mall in Noblesville. As far as I know, it never did materialize, an the location on the home page said "Coming soon" for a long time. I just checked their home page and the Noblesville location isn't listed but the new Greenwood location is. As a pizza fan, I have been meaning to check out Tony Sacco's as well as MacKenzie River.
      • MacKenzie River

        Get to MacKenzie river...bomb pizza, great beer, and cool atmosphere. Haven't been to Tony Sacco's yet, but I've spent most of my time at Pizzology.
      • Retail stores
        Cory -

        I noticed a couple of boutiques that seem to have closed recently - can you confirm? Sage on Mass Ave and nRue at 54th and Monon? Too bad we can't seem to support these little stores...

        Also, any word on what is going on at that corridor where Monon Fitness used to be on Winthrop between 54th and 52nd?
        • Pizza and Ice Cream
          Marco's Pizza and Dairy Queen were awarded a variance in April to build a store at 37 and Southport Road. However ground has yet to break.
          • Might be old news..
            but Greek's Pizza in Broad Ripple has closed. This might be old news, but we just found this out a week ago.
          • Barley Island
            Mentioned the Barley Island closure at the end of the post about the Carmel apartment development. Bummer they didn't make it.
          • Dunkin' Donuts
            Really miss my Dunkin Donuts, so do you see any openings anytime soon in the 116th & Allisonville area!
          • SAGE
            Sage is just moving locations on Mass Ave. They will be located across from Silver in the City.
          • Tony Saccos
            Tony Saccos is great. They dont even have freezers so everything has to be fresh. The one at Clay Terrace in Carmel is a must try.
          • Fashion Mall getting an Urban Outfitters?
            Looks like the Fashion Mall at Keystone may be getting an Urban Outfitters. Can you dig around re: the timeline for this?

          • ice cream
            They were suppose to build a walmart there at 37 and southport now it is just a big pile of dirt, not sure what happened to that.
          • developer town....
            .....is filling the space on Winthrop.

          • Pizza and Ice Cream
            They started moving dirt for the planned Marco's Pizza and Dairy Queen at 37 & Southport Road. Nice to see some development in this area.

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