Roundup: BoomBozz Pizza, Off Broadway Shoes, DiBella's Subs, Happy's Pizza

January 17, 2012
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  • Off Broadway Shoes, a Georgia-based chain with 60 stores, plans to open its first location in Indiana at Castleton Square Mall. The warehouse-style store, which will display between 30,000 and 50,000 pairs of shoes, is taking an 18,500-square-foot space in the Sears hallway.
  • Happy's Pizza, a Michigan-based chain with 95 locations in five states, plans to open its first Indianapolis store at 38th Street and College Avenue. The chain, founded in 1996, also offers ribs, chicken and seafood.
  • BoomBozz Pizza & Tap House, a chain based in Louisville, is planning its first Indiana location for a shopping center along 146th Street east of Meridian Street in Carmel. The new restaurant, which will join Buffalo Wild Wings, Chipotle and Dunkin Donuts in the center, is planning to hire 100 people at a career fair from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Jan. 23 through Jan. 28.
  • DiBella's Old Fashioned Submarines, a chain of gourmet sandwich shops based in Rochester, N.Y., plans to open its first local restaurant at Traders Point. The family-owned chain is taking 3,200 square feet. An earlier post is here.
  • LA Fitness plans to build one of its centers on the west side along 38th Street just west of Interstate 465, just as other fitness clubs cut back. The 45,000-square-foot facility is planned for an area that includes a United Artists Eagle Highlands theater and a Ruby Tuesday. The chain of fitness clubs has eight locations in the Indianapolis area.
  • Dunkin Donuts is planning a new location in the Geist area at 9926 E. 79th St., just east of Fall Creek Road. The restaurant will take about 1,600-square-feet within an existing strip center.
  • B's Po Boy, a new restaurant, is planned for 1261 Shelby St. in Fountain Square. The restaurant owned by Ryan and Deb Borchelt is taking 1,350 square feet.
  • Kilroy's is moving forward on its plans for a restaurant and bar at 831 Broad Ripple Avenue. Earlier coverage is here.
  • Monkey Joe's, a chain of indoor play and party centers, is opening a second Indianapolis-area location on the south side at 4650 Southport Road. Franchise owners Charles Howard and Scott Yoder plan to open it on Jan. 20.
  • Circle Center
    Has anyone heard of the status of Circle Center since Nordstom closed? It has been several months, I thought we would have some news by now.
  • IBJ is the best

    Scott Olson is all over this story!

    Super Bowl plans set for former Nordstrom space
  • LaMargarita
    LaMargarita has closed its far-northside restaurant at 96th & Meridian. Very sad to see them leave this area.
    • Carrabba's
      The Carrabba's in Carmel closed which is a big surprise. They were always busy. I read that a source said an agreement couldn't be reached concerning the lease of the building. Interesting.
    • Quite possibly the dumbest name
      Am I the only one who feels that each time I say the word "BoomBozz", I've probably lost an IQ point?
    • Carrabba's
      I was shocked by that as well, especially with the vacancies in the area.
    • Other Northside Closures
      Both Queso Blanco and Cancun Mexican Restaurants (SR32 & Carey) in Westfield have closed.
    • Queso Blanco
      Queso Blanco was closed by the state of Indiana for failure to pay taxes.
      • Glad to see downtown development
        Glad to see some businesses make the effort to open downtown and near downtown vs. in the white flight suburbs. Glad to see see some even relocate from the suburbs to downtown. Fountain Square is hoppin!
      • Drink Local
        Whats going on at the City Market during the Superbowl?

        Will Tomlinson Tap Room and Brewers of Indiana Guild be promoting local craft beers to Superbowl fans?
        • TTR
          Nick, the tap room will be open with extended hours all through the super bowl serving indiana beer.
        • Sushi
          Any word on Naked Xchopstix coming to the Ole King Cole spot?
        • Not surprised
          Not surprised that the restaurant closed. My daughter and some of her friends ate there and all got food poisoning.
        • Queso Blanco
          Sorry, the response didn't connect to the earlier comment. They ate at Queso Blanco.
        • Flat Top?
          Any updates on Flat Top Grill? Last I heard they were going to Hamilton Town Center and before that they were supposed to be at Glendale. Are they actually going to open - or have they already?
        • Happy's Pizza at 38th & College
          GREAT NEWS for the area. Anyone know where it will be located?
        • Goodbye Cardinal Fitness
          With LA Fitness taking over the recently vacated UA Theater at 38th & 465, the Cardinal Fitness location on Eagle Creek Parkway will soon close. The writing's on the wall. Agree?
        • Really?
          Really? Their Fountain Square location is booming...always busy it seems.
        • Marshalls
          Marshall's location on 52nd/Keystone is closing after less than a year. Sad to see them go, and disappointed that we are no doubt going to have another empty storefront in our area.
          • another closings
            Actually the marshalls is closing in feb as well is this n that in the washington square mall; additionally the big lots by the washington square mall is now open again.

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          1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

          2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

          3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

          4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

          5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.