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The demise of Damon's Grill

January 14, 2008
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The Indianapolis restaurateur who owns D'Vine Wine Bar and The Melting Pot has closed his two remaining Damon's Grill locations, at Southport Road and I-65, and along State Road 37 in Martinsville. Bennet...
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Conservancy plans 'green' HQ

January 11, 2008
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The Nature Conservancy has agreed to buy an old industrial property on the eastern edge of downtown to develop a new Indiana headquarters. The $4.5 million project will revitalize...
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Updates on downtown projects

January 9, 2008
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By popular demand, here are a few updates on new development projects: The Maxwell is coming out of the ground on schedule, but sales have been slow so far,...
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More closings, some temporary

January 8, 2008
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The Music Mill, a north-side restaurant, bar and concert venue, has temporarily closed its restaurant for a renovation. The box office remains open at the 82nd Street facility. Seven nightclub in Broad Ripple...
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Condos take shape atop building

January 7, 2008
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Construction has begun on a project that will add 18 condos and four penthouses to the top of a historic four-story office building at 429 N. Pennsylvania St. The project, dubbed...
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Going out of business

January 3, 2008
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Several stores are calling it quits at local malls. The highest profile is the Macy's at Washington Square. Other closings include Gap stores, a Limited Too and The Walking Co. Have...
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Yats, Aldi and another steakhouse

January 2, 2008
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Montana Mike's, a Kansas-based steakhouse chain, hopes to claim Indianapolis as a lucrative new market. The chain wants to open in Greenwood first, said Madison Jobs, Montana Mike's vice president of franchise...
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BARcelona could close

December 28, 2007
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A manager at the downtown tapas restaurant tells Property Lines the operation is in trouble and could soon close. Owner Frank Schmitz, of St. Louis, recently bought out his partner in the...
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Finale underway for Piano Merchant

December 26, 2007
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The Piano Merchant is closing after almost 22 years in business at the corner of 54th Street and College Avenue. One of the three partners is ill and another...
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Bar & Grill replacing trophy shop

December 21, 2007
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Brothers Bar & Grill, a small Wisconsin-based chain, has filed plans to replace Broad Ripple Trophy Center at one of the neighborhood's most prominent corners, said Senior Planner Bryan...
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Sexy & Intimate and Scotty's

December 20, 2007
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A couple of restaurant updates: The owners of downtown's Scholar's Inn, Lyle & Kerry Feigenbaum, plan to close the restaurant on Jan. 1 for a month-long remodeling project. They plan to...
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New JW design unveiled

December 19, 2007
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Plans for a 1,000-room JW Marriott convention hotel now envision a taller building, with a whole new look and a larger pricetag. The hotel would be 34 stories, up from 29, and the project would cost $425 million, up from...
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City may lift Pan Am covenant

December 19, 2007
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Indiana Sports Corp. has asked the city to reduce the portion of Pan Am Plaza included in a covenant that restricts development. If approved, the updated covenant would cover only 10,000 square feet,...
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Premier plows forward on Venu

December 17, 2007
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A new site plan for the $750-million Venu project shows four anchor tenants: Whole Foods; Barnes & Noble; Arhaus, an upscale furniture retailer; and REI, an outdoor-gear superstore that would be new to...
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A greasy-spoon grudge match

December 13, 2007
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Long a staple in the South, Huddle House diners are beginning to pop up in Indiana. Can they outmatch Bud's Chili and Alice's Iced Tea over at Waffle House? The first Indianapolis-area...
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Future murky for Lafayette Square

December 12, 2007
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If Simon couldn't revive Lafayette Square Mall, what can be expected from an out-of-town company without the same mall experience? Simon Property Group is selling the 1.2 million-square-foot Lafayette Square Mall to...
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Ballard office gets free parking

December 12, 2007
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The cost of parking is one of the top reasons office space has been a tough sell downtown when compared to the suburbs. But it's not a problem if you're the mayor-elect....
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Farewell, Eastgate parking lots

December 11, 2007
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Here's the Lifeline Data Centers site plan for its reuse of the old Eastgate Consumer Mall. What do you think of the lake and walking trails? More

New life for Eastgate

December 7, 2007
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The long-vacant Eastgate Consumer Mall finally is getting a new tenant: a data-storage and web-hosting company. City officials are planning an 11 a.m. announcement today detailing an expansion for locally based...
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Antiques mall expanding

December 5, 2007
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Midland Arts & Antiques Market plans to open a 12,000-square-foot location in Carmel off of 126th Street between Meridian Street and Keystone Avenue. Midland's flagship store occupies an historic former door factory and...
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Houlihan's gets hip

December 4, 2007
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Kansas-based restaurant chain Houlihan's has inked deals for new diners at Castleton Square Mall and Hamilton Town Center and hopes to open two other restaurants in Plainfield and Greenwood. The chain also has...
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State to double rail-trail inventory

December 4, 2007
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The state has reached a deal to buy more than 150 miles of abandoned rail lines for new trails, a deal that would nearly double Indiana's 170 miles of rail-trails. The governor...
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A new floral arrangement

December 3, 2007
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Looking for flowers downtown? There's a new arrangement, thanks to a shakeup among locally based florists. Enflora Flowers for Business, part of McNamara, plans to open in Chase Tower in early February. And...
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Your wish list?

November 30, 2007
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A final discussion question to consider today: What retailers, restaurants or development methods are missing from Indy? Plenty of new names are entering the market, and "green" building seems to be gaining...
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Your favorite Indy building?

November 28, 2007
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Several downtown projects, including Lucas Oil Stadium and the JW Marriott, will add new dimensions to a skyline that hasn't changed much in the last dozen years. What is your favorite building...
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  1. Why not take some time to do some research before traveling to that Indiana town or city, and find the ones that are no smoking either inside, or have a patio? People like yourself are just being selfish, and unnecessarily trying to take away all indoor venues that smokers can enjoy themselves at. Last time I checked, it is still a free country, and businesses do respond to market pressure and will ban smoking, if there's enough demand by customers for it(i.e. Linebacker Lounge in South Bend, and Rack and Helen's in New Haven, IN, outside of Fort Wayne). Indiana law already unnecessarily forced restaurants with a bar area to be no smoking, so why not support those restaurants that were forced to ban smoking against their will? Also, I'm always surprised at the number of bars that chose to ban smoking on their own, in non-ban parts of Indiana I'll sometimes travel into. Whiting, IN(just southeast of Chicago) has at least a few bars that went no smoking on their own accord, and despite no selfish government ban forcing those bars to make that move against their will! I'd much rather have a balance of both smoking and non-smoking bars, rather than a complete bar smoking ban that'll only force more bars to close their doors. And besides IMO, there are much worser things to worry about, than cigarette smoke inside a bar. If you feel a bar is too smoky, then simply walk out and take your business to a different bar!

  2. As other states are realizing the harm in jailing offenders of marijuana...Indiana steps backwards into the script of Reefer Madness. Well...you guys voted for your Gov...up to you to vote him out. Signed, Citizen of Florida...the next state to have medical marijuana.

  3. It's empowering for this niche community to know that they have an advocate on their side in case things go awry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrst9VXVKfE

  4. Apparently the settlement over Angie's List "bundling" charges hasn't stopped the practice! My membership is up for renewal, and I'm on my third email trying to get a "basic" membership rather than the "bundled" version they're trying to charge me for. Frustrating!!

  5. Well....as a vendor to both of these builders I guess I have the right to comment. Davis closed his doors with integrity.He paid me every penny he owed me. Estridge,STILL owes me thousands and thousands of dollars. The last few years of my life have been spent working 2 jobs, paying off the suppliers I used to work on Estridge jobs and just struggling to survive. Shame on you Paul...and shame on you IBJ! Maybe you should have contacted the hundreds of vendors that Paul stiffed. I'm sure your "rises from the ashes" spin on reporting would have contained true stories of real people who have struggled to find work and pay of their debts (something that Paul didn't even attempt to do).

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