Restaurant roundup: BRU, Tin Roof, Lorenzo's & more

September 16, 2011
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  • Compass roseTin Roof, a chain of live-music bars, is moving into the first floor of the Century Building at Pennsylvania and Maryland streets. The spot will offer live music most evenings but transform into more of a sports bar on game days. It is scheduled to open by the end of the year. The chain, which offers a full menu of better-than-"bar food" offerings, has six other locations including in Nashville, Tenn., Lexington, Ky. and Columbia, S.C.
  • Lorenzo's, a new Italian restaurant, is set to take over for downtown's Ambrosia Centro, which remains open. The new owner is Browning Investments and the restaurant will be managed by Detroit-area restaurant veteran Geoffrey Browning. The switch is scheduled for Oct. 1
  • Insomnia Cookies, a popular chain of bakery shops offering late-night delivery, has filed plans to open a shop in Broad Ripple. The shop will take 700 square feet at 809 Broad Ripple Ave. in the former home of an art gallery. Insomnia offer several types of fresh-baked cookies and cookie cakes, along with brownies and beverages.
  • BRU Burger Bar, a new casual burger concept from the parent company of Mesh, is taking over the former home of Elements at 415 N. Alabama St. The plans call for a new entrance on Mass Ave and a 700-square-foot addition along Alabama Street. An earlier post on the restaurant is here.
  • Tini, a hip new bar with a limited food menu, is planned for a small spot next door to Chatham Tap on Massachusetts Avenue. The night spot owned by Bradley Kime is taking a cozy 1,200 square feet.
  • Napolese, the gourmet pizza concept from Martha Hoover, is planning to open a location at 30 S. Meridian St. Hoover originally had planned a Petite Chou for part of the lobby of the former L.S. Ayres department store annex. The original Napolese is next door to the flagship Cafe Patachou at the corner of 49th and Pennsylvania streets.
  • Henry's Coffee Bistro is opening a new location downtown at 50 S. Meridian St., in the former home of Cafe Rene. The 300-square-foot shop is set to open Oct. 1. The homegrown chain has its flagship location along East Street just north of Massachusetts Avenue, along with a second location at Pennsylvania and Washington streets.
  • Great
    All these sound great! Glad to see our redevelopment at 49th and Penn has allowed Martha to create and expand new concepts!
  • JAVA
    Hope those that have been missing the Borders cafe will support Henry's!!!
  • Gelato by Napolese?

    Did Martha give you any update on when her Gelato shop will open next to the original Napolese? There's been a sign up for some time, but little to no construction activity...
  • India-Napolese
    When it first arrived, I recall people being puzzled by Napolese's name. Is it just me, or would the new central location for Martha Hoover's pizza place offer a good chance to capitalize on a subtle pun with the second half of the name for her host city? Just a thought. (Maybe it was intended all along?)
  • 50 South Meridian
    I really hope Henry's can make a go of it in that location. This will be the 3rd coffee shop in the last several years to try it. We are seriously missing our coffee on South Meridian. We lost Rene's, Borders, and Nordstrom's cafe all within weeks of each other. Any word on when Napolese at 30 South is set to open or construction begin?
  • New Building on 37
    Does anyone know what kind of business is being built next to the Steak N Shake at Southport Rd and 37?
    • Public Greens
      Any news on the Public Greens by Patachou venture? Sign is up on the depot off the Monon in BR, but no other info available.
    • Downtown
      Any more info on what is taking over the downtown Borders space?
      Any word on the Naked Chopstix that is going in the Old King Cole spot?
    • DQ
      When the site was approved in April it was discussed a DQ and Marco's Pizza was going in at Southport and 37.

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