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Dunaway’s restaurant building up for auction

June 19, 2014
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The downtown building that has housed Dunaway's restaurant for more than 15 years is on the auction block, likely signaling the end of the upscale eatery.
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Biglari name becomes part of downtown landscape

June 13, 2014
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The owner of Steak n Shake has affixed its name to the Ober Building, where the restaurant's HQ moved late last year.
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Goodwill strays from tradition to open vintage clothing store

June 12, 2014
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Goodwill opened its first Vintage Vogue by GW store in Bloomington and now is bringing the boutique-style concept to Indianapolis. The store in the Glendale area opens Tuesday.
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Former Colts player set to open soul food restaurant

June 11, 2014
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Gary Brackett, who played nine seasons for the team at linebacker, plans to open Georgia Reese's Southern Table & Bar on the northwest side in August.
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Milhaus to revise design for Mass Ave project

June 5, 2014
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The residential-and-retail development is now the right size, but a city commission would like to see a different mix of materials, among other concerns, before it grants approval.
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Chicago staple Giordano's snags Sangiovese space

June 4, 2014
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The famed stuffed-pizza chain is making a rare foray outside the Windy City in space at the Rivers Edge shopping center long held by upscale Italian eatery Sangiovese.
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Stalled project could get boost from Market Square activity

June 3, 2014
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The property at 123 N. New Jersey St. has remained in suspended animation for the past few years after a deal for a seafood restaurant on the site fell apart.
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Library begins plans to pull branch out of Glendale mall

May 29, 2014
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The library's lease at Glendale Mall doesn't expire until 2022, but officials are beginning to explore building a branch elsewhere in the area to give it more exposure and accessibility.
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Late Harvest chef opens barbecue joint in Nora

May 28, 2014
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North End Barbecue & Moonshine, Ryan Nelson's latest entry on the local culinary scene, offers traditional American barbecue from different regions of the country.
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Rezone should aid commercial developers, ease parking pinch

May 22, 2014
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The proposed changes would signify the first overhaul of city zoning rules since 1969 and would rid the code of requirements more apt to be found in suburban locations.
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Roundup: 3 Sisters moving in Broad Ripple, Pizzology opens on Mass Ave

May 20, 2014
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On top of that, upstart specialty grocer Fresh Thyme sets opening for its first Indiana store, while 100-year-old Brenner Luggage prepares to close one of its northeast-side locations.
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Apartments no longer part of plans for Virginia Avenue lot

May 15, 2014
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Reverie Estates bought the land where Milhaus Development had wanted to build a four-story mixed-use development. Reverie instead is planning a fresh-food market surrounded by a food and fashion truck park.
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UIndy seeks city OK for $30M health sciences center

May 13, 2014
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The University of Indianapolis is looking for a developer to finance the project, in which the college would be the main tenant. Construction on the four-story building could start in late summer.
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Permit revoked for controversial Geist billboard

May 8, 2014
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Neighborhood residents convinced a city zoning board to revoke a permit that allowed the splashy sign with rotating messages to be erected at 79th Street and Fall Creek Road.
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Vacant downtown building called critical to proposed redevelopment

May 8, 2014
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The Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission says it does not support Milhaus' plan to demolish an 1890s structure on North College Avenue to build a five-story apartment building with 32 units.
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Roundup: Boutique hotel, Sangrita, Tom+Chee and fast-fire Coalition Pizza

May 7, 2014
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A nine-room hotel along the Monon Trail in Broad Ripple has opened, while another downtown-area stalwart has closed.
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South-side institution closes after 31 years serving meals

May 1, 2014
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Sisters' Place, known for its homestyle cooking, has closed. But another restaurant is slated to take the space just off Madison Avenue south of Interstate 70.
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Deylen finalizes design for Slate in Fletcher Place

April 28, 2014
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The $10 million, 68-unit mixed-use apartment project at 501 Virginia Ave. will include 9,900 square feet of ground-level retail space along the Cultural Trail. Construction is set to start in mid-May.
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Update: Mo's set for downtown return in June

April 24, 2014
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Mo's...A Place for Steaks is taking the space on East Maryland Street vacated by Lorenzo's Ristorante earlier this month. Mo's underwent a name change at its South Pennsylvania Street location last fall, leading to its return.
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Milhaus planning condos in Chatham Arch neighborhood

April 24, 2014
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Milhaus Development, whose downtown apartment projects include Artistry and Circa, plans to build between 60 and 90 condos in a roughly one-block area in the Chatham Arch neighborhood that's now home to a church and warehouse.
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Update: New Buggs Temple tenant opening in May

April 22, 2014
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One of the city's largest caterers, Thomas Caterers of Distinction Inc., on May 2 will unveil Canal 337—a name taken from the temple's address at 337 W. 11th St., along the Central Canal.
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New downtown restaurant lands Bluebeard culinary whiz

April 17, 2014
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The owners of Westfield's popular Local Eatery and Pub are opening a new restaurant in the Ambassador building. Its kitchen will be captained by the former co-executive chef of Fletcher Place hotspot Bluebeard.
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Roundup: Another fast-fire pizza entry; Big Red taking Kahn's space

April 16, 2014
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Project Pie plans to construct a stand-alone building near Meijer on the northeast side. Meanwhile, Big Red Liquors enters the downtown market by purchasing the Kahn's store on North Pennsylvania Street.
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Roundup: Scotty's Brewhouse openings, Mo's returning and more

April 10, 2014
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The locally based chain is opening restaurants to the west and north of Indianapolis, within a week's time, while Mo's is returning downtown in a restaurant rebranding.
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Micro-distillery opening in Fletcher Place neighborhood

April 8, 2014
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Led by former U.S. Marine Travis Barnes, Hotel Tango Whiskey at 702 Virginia Ave. will be unusual for a couple of reasons, including its deal for state economic development incentives.
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  1. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  2. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

  3. Good try, Mr. Irwin, but I think we all know the primary motivation for pursuing legal action against the BMV is the HUGE FEES you and your firm expect to receive from the same people you claim to be helping ~ taxpayers! Almost all class action lawsuits end up with the victim receiving a pittance and the lawyers receiving a windfall.

  4. Fix the home life. We're not paying for your child to color, learn letters, numbers and possible self control. YOU raise your children...figure it out! We did. Then they'll do fine in elementary school. Weed out the idiots in public schools, send them well behaved kids (no one expects perfection) and watch what happens! Oh, and pray. A mom.

  5. To clarify, the system Cincinnati building is just a streetcar line which is the cheapest option for rail when you consider light rail (Denver, Portland, and Seattle.) The system (streetcar) that Cincy is building is for a downtown, not a city wide thing. With that said, I think the bus plan make sense and something I shouted to the rooftops about. Most cities with low density and low finances will opt for BRT as it makes more financial and logistical sense. If that route grows and finances are in place, then converting the line to a light rail system is easy as you already have the protected lanes in place. I do think however that Indy should build a streetcar system to connect different areas of downtown. This is the same thing that Tucson, Cincy, Kenosha WI, Portland, and Seattle have done. This allows for easy connections to downtown POI, and allows for more dense growth. Connecting the stadiums to the zoo, convention center, future transit center, and the mall would be one streetcar line that makes sense.

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