New restaurant roundup: Brewstone, Toppers Pizza, Ocean Prime, Wings Etc.

March 11, 2012
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  • Brewstone Beer Company is the latest restaurant and bar concept to take a chance on the former Music Mill space at 3720 E. 82nd St. The restaurant, part of a chain whose website lists three other "coming soon" locations in Pennsylvania and Ohio, hopes to open this month in the 15,000-square-foot building. The space hasn't brought much luck to businesses attempting to operate there. Cadillac Ranch Group, which also has a restaurant downtown, began renovating the building in mid-2011 and even installed signage but never opened. The Music Mill venue went out of business twice in 2009, only to reopen with new owners. It shut down for good in December 2010. The building once housed a Discovery Zone children's amusement center. An earlier post is here.
  • Toppers Pizza plans to makes its central Indiana debut March 17 with a grand opening of its location at 12545 N. Meridian St. in Carmel. The Wisconsin-based chain with 37 locations is known for unusual pies, including the Mac 'n Cheese, Potato Topper, Gyro Topper, and Hangover Helper. To check out the full menu, visit their website here. (The site has so many sound effects you'll feel like you're watching an episode of Mad Money.) The grand opening promises to be a frenzy: They're giving away free Toppers food for a year to the first 50 people in line.
  • Ocean Prime plans to open its new restaurant adjacent to The Fashion Mall at Keystone in June. The plans, first reported in IBJ's print edition in June 2011, call for the restaurant to take about 8,000 square feet on the first floor of a PK Partners-owned four-story office building across from Maggiano's. Appetizers at the “modern American supper club”, part of Columbus, Ohio-based Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, include white truffle caviar deviled eggs and colossal shrimp sauté with Tabasco cream sauce, and main courses include ginger salmon with soy butter sauce and Chilean sea bass with champagne truffle sauce.
  • Jack in the Box is scheduled to open its second central Indiana location at 9 a.m. Monday (March 12), in Avon. The first to open, in Greenwood, set sales records. The new location at 9769 E. U.S. Highway 36 will be open 24 hours. Future locations are planned for 2130 N. Post Road and near 86th Street and Michigan Road in front of Lowe's.
  • Noodles & Co. is opening a new location along 96th Street east of Interstate 69 in Fishers. The restaurant is taking the vacant space next door to Einstein Bros. Bagels in a retail strip between Walmart and Marsh.
  • Wings Etc. has opened its third restaurant in central Indiana, at the northeast corner of South Emerson Avenue and East Thompson Road. The Fort Wayne-based chain also has restaurants near 106th Street and Michigan Road in Carmel and Rockville and Raceway roads in Indianapolis and is planning another location for the northeast side. 
  • Marco's Pizza in Broad Ripple plans to move from its prominent store at College and Broad Ripple avenues to the former home of a frozen yogurt shop at 916 E. Westfield Blvd. The pizza joint is set to return to its corner a year later as a first-floor tenant of a new mixed-use parking structure developed by locally based Keystone Group.
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  • Jack in the Box
    Jack's also has a location going up at 116th and Allisonville in Fishers.
  • Better get better
    If you measure them by how they did in Brownsburg, Wings, etc. better improve the quality of its food. It got worse and worse until BW3 put them out of their misery. And, that's not saying much given the fact BW3 is pretty bad to begin with.
  • Noodles Plans 7 More Indiana Restaurants
    Noodles & Company said it has expanded its development agreement with Sagamore Dining Partners LLC based in Indianapolis, which currently owns and operates 12 Noodles & Company restaurants in Indiana.

    The first of the seven restaurants is scheduled to open in Fishers, Ind. in mid-May at the Centre North Shopping Center.

    Additional locations are being scouted in Castleton, Avon, Bloomington, Lafayette and Columbus.

  • Golden Corral Restraunts Sold
    Frisch's Restaurants just sold its four Golden Corral Restaurants in Indianapolis to NRD Holdings, LLC.

    Will NRD put it's Popeyes, Checkers/Rally's or Domino's in these locations?
    • Chain Chain Chain...
      ...Chain of fools. What is it with Hoosiers and their chain restaurants? It's not bad enough that Indy's downtown is basically a chain-filled food court for the convention crowd, but lets ruin Bloomington and Lafayette too.
      • Chains?
        Why are so many folks up in arms over chains? I just don't see the reasons behind the rhetoric. Yes some chains come in, squash competition and then leave. Yup, it's unfortunate but it is happening in other areas besides restaurants. Many chains are GREAT and care for employees, use locally sourced products when the can and s on. There are good independents too - when they are open, that is. Some of my favorite restaurnats are independents. BUT they are only open "late" twice a week! They consider late to be 7 or 8 PM! AND never on Sunday or Monday! Many times I've went, very hungry and ready to drop $10-15 a person, only to see a sign "Sorry but I have a big catering order, so I'm closed." Seriously! Chains aren't that bad after all....
        • Brewstone
          I had high hopes. Then I reviewed their beer list and saw the following:
          MGD 64
          Miller Genuine Draft
          Miller Light
          Pabst Blue Ribbon

          So....the "Brew" and the "Beer" in the name is just a scam playing on the current surge with craft beer.

          They'll be closed soon enough.
          • FSQ Indie Restaurants
            If you don't want chain restaurants come to Fountain Square where you will soon experience 15 independent restaurants within walking distance of the square itself (and I think there are 4 chain stores there too). You can choose from Thai, Pan-asian, Venezualen, Peruvian, Mexican, Pizza, 2 pubs, BBQ and a lot more. Soon we'll have a Po-boy place too.
            • who remembers?
              This has bothered me for years....what was the name of the pizza chain that came and went quickly. I only remember personal pizzas sold with wheat crust at the old food court located in the Murphy Building at Market and Illinois (in the 80s?)
              • Beers
                To be honest and, frankly, CORRECT about Brewstone's beer offerings, they offer:
                Abita Jockamo IPA
                Abita Purple Haze
                Abita Turbodog
                Bass
                Beck's
                Bell's Two-Hearted Ale
                Brooklyn East India Pale Ale
                Brooklyn Lager
                Brooklyn Penant Ale '55
                Budweiser
                Bud Light
                Bud Select
                Corona
                Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
                Dogfish Head Midas Touch
                Fat Tire (New Belgium)
                Founders Red's Rye
                Goose Island Honker's Ale
                Goose Island India Pale Ale
                Great Lakes Commodore Perry

                Great Lakes Burning River
                Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald
                Labatt Blue
                Landshark
                Magic Hat #9
                Magic Hat Circus Boy
                Michelob Amberbach
                Michelob Ultra
                MGD 64
                Miller Genuine Draft
                Miller Light
                Pabst Blue Ribbon
                Pyramid Hefeweizen
                Redhook ESB
                Redhook Longhammer IPA
                Rolling Rock
                Shock Top Belgian White
                Stella Artios
                Yuengling Lager
                Yuengling Porter

                However, I do agree that they are trying to ride the wave of craft beer popularity by offering generally well-recognized and well-marketed "craft" beer, rather than offering LOCAL true-craft beer.
                I doubt they will be able to compete with Champps nearby, which offers a much more extensive beer menu with most beers on tap.

                It still confuses me why ANYONE would think that they can be successful in this location. It doesn't really have much of a track record and, with the Uno's closed nearby, it's a pretty abandoned area.
                • Was it...
                  Rocky Roccoco? There were several locations and they sold personal pizzas with wheat crust. I miss them still. Loved their food!!
                • Not true
                  This is what their website says, however they have hardly any of these, because they are not available here, which further proves they have no idea what they are doing.
                • Frisch's bad dealings
                  Research frisch's and frisch's golden corral dig deep into the failed transaction with nrd holding. Frisch's has been doing some very shady things for years. If you have real good reporter you can find lots of unsavory details. Not good research frisch's hard look into their financials you'll find it
                • and
                  They'll soon be out of business because the locals DO NOT support anything unfamiliar. Brewstone is abysmal and horrible and deserves to go. However, I feel for the entrepreneurs wasting their talent on the philistines in this state.

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