Retail roundup: Agio closes, Mesh developing burger joint

August 2, 2011
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Compass roseA few restaurant notes:

  • Agio, an Italian standby on Mass Ave, has closed. A voicemail greeting describes the closure of the restaurant at 635 Massachusetts Ave. as temporary. "We will be reopening at a later date," the message says. "Thank you for your support." (Update: The restaurant is being offered for sale here.)
  • The parent company of Mesh on Mass Ave is developing a burger restaurant it hopes to debut in the former home of Elements at 415 N. Alabama St. Cunningham Restaurant Group, which also owns Stone Creek and Boulder Creek, has not yet closed on a deal for the space.
  • A Lebanese restaurant and hookah bar is moving in to the former home of The Patio at 6308 N. Guilford Ave., real estate sources said. The former bar and live music club closed in 2005 after more than 50 years in business under various names. The building owner, Steve Ross, did not return phone messages.

Elsewhere:

  • Kipp Brothers Toys and Novelties is opening a new store in Greenfield. A grand opening for the superstore at 491 W. Muskegon Dr. is planned for Aug. 6.
  • Discount Tire Co. is opening a new store in Avon. The 9,000-square-foot store will be built on a vacant lot at 120 Avon Village Parkway, near Rockville Road.
  • Moe's Southwest Grill is taking over the former Safari Adventures in Pets store along U.S. 36 in Avon. The Atlanta-based restaurant chain is taking 2,400 square feet. The chain has locations in Greenwood, Carmel and Fishers.

In case you missed it at IBJ.com:

  • The Keystone Towers have a date with demolition.
  • New senior apartments to replace blighted retail center along Lafayette Road.
  • High-profile developer The Precedent Cos. reorganizing out of court and changing their name to The Peterson Co. Full story (subscription required) is here.
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  • MassAve
    While I am sad to see Agio go, they really were not keeping up with the competition on Mass Ave. They stayed the same through challenges from FortyFive and Mesh, and they just couldn't compete. Forty Five announced via Facebook that they had another record breaking month, and they'll be looking to add more staff because of it. So, it cannot be completely an economic issue for Agio's failure. Hopefully another independent will take Agio's place (assuming it is not just temporary)

    I am intrigued of the burger joint concept by Mesh. While I love the foot choices along Mass Ave, it would be nice if there was something else more middle of the road on the pricing scale. It will be a good fit, and maybe something will finally be successful in the Elements location.
    • Openings
      California Pizza Kitchen to open next Monday August 8 in Circle Center.
      El Rodeo is opening in the old Red Eye Cafe location on south meridian.
    • Following up
      Thanks for the open-date on CPK!

      I did report on El Rodeo earlier. Here's the post: http://www.ibj.com/property-lines/2011/07/19/a-tasty-roundup-el-rodeo-vino-villa-hotcakes-subacos/PARAMS/post/28363
    • Note
      W.G. Grinder's in Carmel has closed. :(
      • re: Note
        But Jason's Deli will be opening soon in the same strip (maybe the same space?) that WG Grinders used to occupy.
        • WG Grinders
          It is interested that they just moved into that new location and then all of a sudden they closed. I have been meaning to stop and read the sign in the door but haven't done so. Curious why they went out.
        • Re: Following Up
          Do you have a timeline for the opening of El Rodeo?
        • Moe's in an old pet store?
          There has got to be some sort of health code deal there... I went to the Safari pets once at their old location on 36, and it smelled like it hadn't been cleaned in a month. Not sure I would have chosen that location to sell burritos, although I miss Moe's on the west side.
        • WG Grinders
          WG Grinders moved to the shops on Old Meridian St. across from Meijer's. Jason's Deli was going to open this week in the old location.

          • Opps
            Sorry, Jason's Deli is in the old crafts store next to Office Depot. China Gate is moving into the old WG Grinders location. DO not believe they are open yet.
          • Bitting the hand the feeds your
            Nick seems like a person connected to Indy Prde would be more supportive of Agio. For years Jeff and Joseph have openned the door to Indy Pride's Monthly Membership mixer at no charge to the board. Yearly they have place the Alcohol order for Pride and allow the organization to use their Liquior permit for the festival and expected nothing in return. Supporters like this are rare in the community and deserve the respect they have earned and not your bashing.
            Please think hard before publicly slamming supports or my community.
            • Sad
              I really hate to see Agio go. I ate there just last Friday. I always got good food at reasonable, midrange prices - actually better pricing than Mesh. Too bad. I hope they or somebody else can open up there. Mass Ave needs another midrange restaurant.
            • It was Time
              Though I tried several times, Agio never provided great food or great service. I never understood how they managed to stay in business or why they continued to get good reviews. I hope that someone else takes the space and offers something truly new and of much better quality.
            • 82nd & River Crossing
              What are they building in the parking lot between the Distinctive Diamonds Store & the Bridge at 82nd & River Crossing?
            • Grinders
              The sign at W.G. Grinders says they are closed due to mechanical problems. They will reopen. (so it says) I don't buy this. They just moved into this newly built-out space and now they have mechanical problems? While it is possible, what makes me not buy it is because all of their signs have been taken down and there is no evidence that it is supposed to be W.G. Grinders. The things that make you go: hmmmm.
              • To bigjer
                Jason's Deli opened yesterday. Drove by today and looks busy. Hoping to try it out soon!
              • Five Guys
                You may have already posted this but I've heard Five Guys is building on Washington Street, in front of Washington Square Mall. Maybe where Denny's used to be?
              • Distinctive Diamonds
                Distinctive Diamonds is opening their store in that outlot outside of the 8555 building. More retail is slated for the first two floors, with a recruiting office taking 4th floor space and office users occupying the remainder.
              • Distintive Diamonds
                @Jeanette - Distinctive Diamonds is moving in to the standalone building being build in their current parking lot.
              • Supporter...
                I think you have me confused with someone else, but thanks for the response. With that said, I don't consider anything I said to be particularly a "slam" either.
              • Good Riddance
                Agio was overpriced and the food was subpar. Hopefully a decent restaurant will replace it!
              • Agio
                As a member of the gay community, I appreciate what Agio, and other businesses have done for us over the years.

                That being said, I don't see what Nick wrote as anything but a critique and not a bash/slam.

                I have always liked the food at Agio's, and I have lots of fun sitting at their bar meeting strangers that soon became friends.

                That being said, I always thought the place looked like a jail and was not very welcoming. Had I not been introduced to the restaurant by friends, I probably would never have gone in.

                There is a lot that they could do, and hopefully this close is temporary as they remodel. Nick's comments offer a bit of criticism for a place that may actually have needed it. If I were a restaurant owner, I'd want this sort of feedback before I had to close my business.

                Another one of my favorites is also in need of some renovation. English Ivy's needs to re-open their windows and find an area for some al fresco dining. The gay community doesn't need to 'hide' any more.

              • Arrivederci, Agio
                To all of the staff at Agio (Jeff, Joseph, Doug et al), I am so hoping that this is only temporary. From the monthly wine tasting dinners where we have met so many wonderful people, to so many special occasions that you have never failed to make even more special, our heartfelt thanks for everything, and here's to our fondest wish that we will meet again in the near future!
              • Virginia Kay Doughnuts
                Virginia Kay Doughnuts just announced on their facebook page that they will be taking over what was Bonjour Cafe at 2402 N. Meridian St. They will be serving their donuts and paninis for lunch.
              • Service
                It is nice to see your community spirit. You should alwas be respectful to those businesses working with the community and allowing them to use there restaurant space, Not many do anymore. That being said, I havent been back to Agio's for a year or so because of some very rude service a couple of times. It looks like it might have caught up to them. The food has alwas seemed to be good. Hopefully if they reopen they're service will be more helpful.
              • Uno's
                Cory, the Uno's at Clearwater on 86th/82nd has closed. There is a sign on the door saying it closed July 29th.
              • wg grinders
                from one of their food suppliers i heard they were done
              • JRazzos
                When does JRazzos (from Salvatore's fame) open in Carmel??
              • Nick's comment not a slam
                I agree with Phil's comment that Nick's critique is meant to be constructive. I'm gay and have been to Agio many times, understanding that they support the community well. That said, we gays can't totally support a restaurant on the Mass Ave strip...this isn't Chicago or New York. The menu hadn't changed significantly in years, the outdoor seating was definitely jail-like, and the last couple of times I was there this year, the service was pretty mediocre. The restaurant business is not just about supporting a community, it's about keeping up with what your customers want, adapting to new competition, and supporting the community. You can't get by with just the last one. I wish them well and hope they do reopen. My hope is that they don't pull a Scholar's Inn.
              • Interesting Timing
                Ironic how Agio offers a Groupon deal then "quietly" closes its doors two months later. Fortunately Groupon has fantastic customer service and will refund your money quickly upon request.
              • Sad closing
                My husband and I loved Agio. We never had bad service and always had wonderful food. We were fond of it because 12 years ago we bought a painting from one of the original owners, Fred. We still have that HUGE painting in our house. We are sad to see it go because we have some very fond memories of quiet dinners, 2nd dates and drinks after a great show at the Murat. I do hope they reopen and make things even better than they were before.

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