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Scotty's plans new restaurants, loses contracts on others

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Scott Wise, who operates nine restaurants in Indiana through his company A Pots & Pans Production, plans to open two more restaurants in Indiana next year.

However, his company also is losing the management contracts on two restaurants that carry the Scotty's name—Scotty’s Lakehouse at Geist Reservoir and Scotty’s Burger Joint in Columbus, Pots & Pans said Wednesday in a written statement.

Wise's company said it has signed letters of intent to open a Scotty’s Brewhouse  in Mishawaka in April and another in Fort Wayne in June. The company currently operates six Scotty's Brewhouses, with three in Indianapolis and one each in Muncie, Bloomington and West Lafayette.

Pots & Pans said it has no ownership in Scotty’s Lakehouse and Scotty’s Burger Joint. The owner, MSCB Group LLC, hired the company to develop and manage the two restaurants.

MSCB Group did not immediately return a phone message left Thursday morning. Employees reached at Scotty's Lakehouse and Scotty's Burger Joint said the restaurants were still open as of Thursday, but referred further questions to MSCB Group.

Pots & Pans said its contract to manage the restaurants has been terminated effective immediately, but it is negotiating with MSCB to keep the eateries open at least until the end of the year "in the interest of associates and their families."

“The last thing we want during this holiday season is to financially impact the people who are the heart of our business and have loyally given their all in running our day-to-day restaurant operations,” said Wise in a prepared statement.

Pots & Pans also operates Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co. in Broad Ripple.

Wise, who started his first restaurant in Muncie more than 15 years ago, told IBJ in 2010 that he'd eventually like to open Scotty's locations across the country.
 

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  • MSCB Group?
    It appears that MSCB Group LLC (formed early 2012) is the successor to another group -- who owned it before them? Scotty's Lakehouse food was barely okay. When they raised the price on their burgers by forcing the purchase of fries in a combo (previously À la carte, this turned an "okay burger" into an over-priced entree. Also, you almost never found beers produced by Thr3e Wise Men (ex - Golden Zoe IPA). These type of operating/name licensing agreements rarely work. Waiting for the next iteration of a restaurant in this location.
  • This is the beginning
    I'm not surprised by this at all. MSCB Group probably got tired of his ridiculous business practices. Crappy food, too big of a menu, gimmicky marketing. It's pretty obvious Wise cares more about seeing his name in the news than he does about quality or service. With location choices like Mishawaka, Columbus, and Fort Wayne, it looks like his goal is to turn this in to a regional Applebees or Chilis. The downtown location isn't making a profit, and the Southport location is barely hanging on as well (allegedly.) Hopefully, Indy residents stop wasting their money and time on the crap coming out of these places and start patronizing quality establishments. Wise needs to get out of the restaurant business and get into something that pays him for being clever on facebook and twitter.
  • Close the rest of them.
    Here's the problem with Scotty's: the menu, even after having been pared down, is so large that you always leave the place believing it's the first time the cook had ever made that dish. That, and it's over-priced.
  • Surprising
    I'm still amazed at how well these restaurants do. They use the cheapest ingredients you can buy (the same stuff they serve in public school cafeterias), yet they are always packed. I heard they cut down the menu from the previous 20 page book of theirs, which is a start. But they should probably try using better ingredients instead of the bland crap they have now. I guess it just goes to show that if you have a good space and cheap beer, you will do fine.
  • Good Decision
    Whoever decided to pull the plug on the contract for Scottie's Lakehouse made a good call. It gets a good crowd, but the menu is very limited and the food isn't very good. My twenty something kids don't even go there for beers.
  • I didn't know this
    Mmmm

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