New restaurants: The End, Chef Joseph's, Cafe Audrey, Flying Cupcake, La Margarita

November 21, 2011
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                              Square Theatre IndianapolisA new restaurant called The End of the Line Public House, or simply The End, is set to replace Shelbi Street Cafe & Bistro in the Fountain Square Theatre building. The End will feature a gastropub-style menu and one of the city's largest selections of local beers. The neighborhood was once known as "The End" because the intersection of Virginia Avenue and Shelby and Prospect Streets was used as a turnaround for streetcars. Building owners Fern and Linton Calvert plan to reopen the restaurant on Dec. 2, after a two-week renovation. The restaurant's walls will be adorned with photographs of streetcars from the Bass Photo collection and the Indiana Historical Society. The plans call for 14 taps dedicated to offerings from local breweries including Fountain Square Brewing Company, Sun King Brewing, Flat 12 Bierwerks, Triton Brewing Company and more. The menu will feature some holdovers from the Shelbi Street Cafe, along with new offerings including baked pretzel sticks with beer cheese, glazed Denver-style lamb ribs, Blazin' Asian Chicken and a baked Brie and Fuji apple sandwich. (Photo/Google Street View)

More restaurant news:

  • Chef Joseph's at The Connoisseur Room, a "world fusion" restaurant from Chef Joseph Heidenreich, has opened at 115 E. Ohio St. downtown. The restaurant offers a fine-dining lunch menu and is available for special events and private dining. The menu will change bi-weekly, "to ensure a varied and eclectic dining experience." The space features walnut paneling, exposed brick walls, a two-story wine cellar, baby grand piano and a private boardroom.
  • The Flying Cupcake Bakery is growing again with plans for a fourth location, at the Rivers Edge shopping center at 82nd Street and Dean Road. The new shop, scheduled to open in February, will offer free wifi, Hubbard and Cravens coffee and a rotation of more than 30 cupcake varieties including the Red Velvet Elvis and Happy Birthday to Me.
  • Cafe Audrey at the Fort, a new independent breakfast and lunch spot, has opened at 9134 Otis Ave. just northeast of 56th Street and Post Road. The restaurant, which is closed Mondays, is owned by Tammy Cunningham and named for her mother. Its menu features breakfast served all day and "geniune broaster chicken."
  • La Margarita, the independent northside Mexican restaurant, has opened its second location, in Fountain Square's Murphy Arts Center. The goal of proprietors Jon Carlos Rangel (and his mother, Lori) was to create a similar atmosphere to the original Mexican restaurant his father established in the 1980s in Broad Ripple. Check out IBJ's Inside Dish for more.
  • Harry & Izzy's has opened its new restaurant in the renovated Rivers Edge shopping center at 82nd Street and Dean Road, in a spot between Nordstrom Rack and The Container Store. It features a two-story wine cellar that holds 2,700 bottles. An earlier post is here.
  • Joe's Crab Shack
    The Joe's Crab Shack on Post Drive (near 25th and Post Rd.) is closed. :(
  • Joe's
    Good, place is nasty. How many health violations did that place receive?
  • Mesh Burger Joint update
    Noticed there is some exterior construction happening on the south side of the building where the new burger place is going in on Alabama/Mass. They have temporarily moved Brickhead while it is going on. Think I heard they plan on opening in the next few weeks...
  • Flying Copycat
    How many cupcake places can Indy support? Flying Cupcake first opens across the street from Holy Cow Cupcakes and now opens right down from Gigis Cupcakes. So nice to follow those who lead, good thing both of these other places are better than Flying Cupcake.
    • Only the Good Survive
      Todd...The Flying Cupcake was the FIRST cupcake bakery in Indiana and by several years. So I guess when you say it's nice to follow where others lead you mean Holy Cow and Gigi's copying off the original, the Flying Cupcake. Which ever one is best is a matter of opinion and I think Gigi's is awful and Holy Cow is average at best. I will continue giving my business to the original which also happens to be the best. I am thrilled to see The Flying Cupcake grow yet again and succeed where the others clearly fail!
      • FLYING Baloney
        I guess that is why the parking lot at the Flying Cupcake in Carmel is always empty???? Several businesses have been in that location and all have failed. Kate is clearly trying to syphon off some of the success of Holy Cow, and I think it is a unoriginal and cowardly business plan.
          I love the flying cupcake. I tried Gigi's and in my opinion the cake is to small and to much icing. I will say their flavors are unique. I would rather give my $ to a mom & pop any day...
        • Cupcake Competitors...If You Can't Stand the Heat
          "Sandra", the parking lot to my Carmel location and the surrounding business is full every day. That is why I have to park in the very back corner. The business in that location prior was there for 10 years and Sherwin Williams (my great neighbor) has been there for 10 years and just renewed for another 10. I don't think, "Sandra", that you have a very good grasp on how well my business or my neighboring businessd do. My decision to go to Carmel was based solely on the hundreds of requests we have received over the many years in business to go to Carmel. We have been welcomed with warm smiles all around. I don't need to siphon off of my competitors success as I am busy as can be...which is why, "sandra", I am opening another location. My business plan is simple...go where my customers want me too! I don't think this is cowardly but responsive and has proven, in fact, to be very successful. I couldn’t be prouder of my business, my employees and my loyal customers. I guess if you can’t stand the heat..well,you know the rest.

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