Restaurant bonanza

May 25, 2007
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A local businessman has plans for two new independent restaurants downtown near the corner of Ohio and East streets. One of them, Cabo's Mexican Grill, is slated to open next week at 132 East St., across from Fifth Third Bank. Site
                              of new Caribbean restaurantThe other restaurant, which would serve Caribbean food, is planned for 123 N. New Jersey, site of the old Best Rentals building (pictured). The owner of a nearby Citgo station, Moe Hanif, is a partner in both restaurants. He used to own restaurants in Monticello, Indiana.
Other restaurant news: Many have e-mailed about the pending loss of the downtown B Dubs. The owner, Mike DeWeese, plans to close Buffalo Wild Wings after this weekend and reopen as an independent called Bada Boomz. BARcelona Tapas is now open at Delaware and Ohio streets. Any others?
  • You got the two I just heard about a couple of days ago! As I told someone at the time, we're so ready for Mexican food downtown!
  • Any word on what will go in where India Garden used to be?
  • awesome!! and they're independent, which is what we need...look forward to trying them out.
  • i know i just submitted a comment praising independent restaurants, but has there been any word about a jamba juice coming to indy? especially with a little space leftover at clay terrace and the new hamilton town center? not to mention metropolis and of course downtown...
  • Barb, I heard an Applebees was coming to the old India Garden spot. What a shame.
  • Applebees? Wow, I had really hoped for another independent. Either that, or
    a Jamba Juice. I agree with Ryan that we really need a Jamba here. That would
    be great. I had hoped that the old India Garden spot might be an ideal Jamba location...
  • I inquired about a Jamba Juice in Indy last year and I received a response:

    Hello Benjamin,

    Thank you for taking the time to contact us. We are thrilled to learn that you want us to open in Indianapolis. The recipe for opening new locations is really quite simple and our intention is to open Jamba in every city where there are enough customers to support a store. As you can imagine, picking the right real estate is also very important.

    Over the years, customers have been the ones that have given us the permission to grow. Many of the towns/cities that we currently serve were once just recommendations and requests such as yours. I will share your email with our Real Estate department for review.

    I hope you're having a terrific day! Hang in there...we look forward to blending in your hometown someday.


    Alex Truby
    Customer Service
    Jamba Juice Company
    1700 17th Street
    San Francisco, Ca 94103-5136
  • Let's not forget the Mexican restaurant opening up (soon?) at the corner of Virginia
    & Prospect. They just put menus up in the window.
  • Applebees?!?! You have got to be kidding me. Way to further cement our title as chainhell capital of the world.
  • The old India Garden space would be awfully big for a Jamba Juice. If anything, I could see them occupying the space where Spa in the City used to be.
  • And I heard the Applebee's rumor is actually a McAllister's deli. Owned by the same company, I think.
  • Barcelona Tapas is awesome. India Garden is moving next door to them on Delaware (at Ohio). A new restaurant area is developing downtown and they are all independants! Barcelona is out of St. Louis, Great chef and a nice looking staff.
  • Jamba Juice is not venturing into the midwest anytime soon. Unfortunately we're not healthy enough to care about this great concept. I'd say within the next 3 years it will be in Indianapolis. There are quite a few concepts that were not even on the radar screen and are now coming to the Indy Metro Area. Such as Five Guys Famous Burgers, Spicy Pickle, Tossed, Lenny's Subs, etc.
  • Can you elaborate on Five Guys? I've eaten there in DC/Virginia. I hadn't heard that they were coming to the area.
  • I agree with the Jamba Juice opening up in Indy. I went by their booth at ICSC and inquired with them (I also begged to be their local rep).

    This is what I do know. . . .
    As far as coming to town, the told me to ask next year, I think Superbroker has it right, within in the next 3 years we may see them in this market. YEAH

    In regards to the franchise, I have been told that you need to commit to open at least 30+ stores over 5 years.
  • Great to see some independent restaurants opening downtown!
  • If I'm not mistaken Chicago IS in the midwest and they do have Jamba Juice.
  • Matt Says:
    May 25th, 2007 at 8:35 pm
    Applebees?!?! You have got to be kidding me.

    Seriously, Applebee's is good food in the neighborhood. Have you ever had the chesseburger?
  • Jamba Juice has a location in Indiana.

    This is from their website:
    Jamba Juice - Southlake Mall - Merrillville
    2493 Southlake Mall, Unit #2495A
    (219) 736-6191

    I love Jamba Juice but I am not driving to Merrillville just for their tasty pomegranate paradise. :(
  • Heh? Jamba Juice? I don't get it.

    What is so original/revolutionary
    about a fruit smoothie place?
    Isn't there one in just about
    every mall food court already?
  • Regarding the question about Five Guys--I happen to know the guys that are opening the Marion County restaurants. First location is in the strip mall off 86th Street on the north west side where Trader Joe's is located. It's set to open sometime in June. There's another Five Guys restaurant that's going to open in Fishers (where Camille's was located near the Super Target off 116th St.)--not affiliated with the 86th St. group. Stop by the 86th Street location when they open and ask for Scott--great guy.
  • There's nothing average about Jamba Juice - they're fantastic.

    Do we know if the Five Guys has anyone coming from their corporate office for the openings or they're just local franchise guys?
  • Another new place downtown is the Center Stage Cafe at 970 Ft Wayne (corner of Ft Wayne, East Street, and 10th - next to Invoke Studio). They just opened last Friday and it seems like a cool place with great homemade ice cream.
  • I think it is great that the downtown and its surrounding neighborhoods is starting to get more locally-owned/small-scale chains as dinning options. For all the great things our downtown has accomplished over the years, the fact that we are a chain hell is a negative. Yes, the DT is clean, accessible, and lively, but it can be very any place USA around the Convention Cnt. I used to work at Palomino (chain) while in school and that was the main complaint that I heard about the City. At least now Mass Ave, Fountain Sq and other spots are getting that local flavor.
  • I have a restaurant space ready to go in Fountain Square if anyone knows of someone looking for space. The space is practically brand new WITH the hood and ventilation across from the Fountain Square Theater on Prospect. If anyone knows someone who is looking to expand, please advice! I would love to show them this space.

    I totally support local restaurants but I also love Jamba Juice. :)
  • Whats the word on Dunkin Donuts? I see they posted an add recently looking for managers. Any idea of when and where they will be?
  • I believe Eric Hillenbrand from CTMT represents them in this market, perhaps he knows. I will send him a link to this blog and see if we can get his input.
  • Any more word on the Five Guys opening? I'm from DC and they have the best burgers! I'm thrilled to hear they're coming out - I just hope they can live up to the DC standards. And did I read correctly - is Dunkin Donuts opening up? I miss their coffee!
  • Good site. Thank you!!!
  • Very good site. Thank you.
  • Nice site. Thank you!!!

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