Skewers of meat and more

October 1, 2007
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FogoA few nuggets to break up an otherwise slow day for real estate news:

All-You-Can-Eat Meat: The deal is done to bring the upscale Brazilian Steakhouse Fogo de Chão (fo-go dèe shoun, or fire on the ground) to the former Zipper Building downtown. The chain has 10 locations in the U.S. (Chicago restaurant shown here) and five in Brazil. Diners use a disk with one side green and the other red to show whether they want servers to continue bringing skewers of meat.

Open Road: The owner of Indy Saab plans to open a 5,000-square-foot BMW motorcycle repair shop at 2416 W. 16th St., near Lafayette Road. The new facility will be next door to the Indy Saab dealership.

Noodle News: It's official: You'll still be able to get noodles near IUPUI. Noodles & Co. has filed plans to take the former Nothing But Noodles space at 903 Indiana Ave. This confirms the fine reporting of a couple of blog readers. (Thanks, folks.)

Tipping the Scales: Indianapolis Scale Company has filed plans to build a new, 12,000-square-foot headquarters in Camby's Heartland Crossing. The company plans to move from its current home at 7302 Kentucky Ave.

  • Fogo de Chão sounds very interesting. Even though it is another chain, it is certainly unique to the area. During various trips to Chicago and planning for dinner for large groups, I have come across this quite a few times. I've always wanted to go!

    Looking forward to this!
  • I was just perusing more information on Fogo, it has a great salad bar and it looks like it has a flat rate of $45 per person. So, anyone thinking this is some sort of Golden Corral had better rethink. It is white linen and a 300+ bottle wine list.

    It certainly won't be a cheap date night!
  • This is GREAT news!!
    I lived in Brazil for a year and enjoyed Fogo de Chão many times - always took my guests there for an impressive meal!
  • Cory, what do you think about Bank of America's purchase of Lasalle Bank?
    Will they make the move on Indy?
  • Fogo de Chao is a fantastic land for downtown Indy. I am originally from Indy (miss it dearly), now living in Los Angeles. I have had the pleasure of dining at the local Fogo several times and trust me, this is NOT your typical chain restaurant. They are fairly choosy about where they locate, so this should be taken as a very positive sign for the downtown Indy market.

    I highly recommend this place for a fun evening out, especially with a group of friends! Can't wait to visit back home and stop in at the Zipper Building location!
  • This is absolutely wonderful news! I have always wanted Fogo de Chão to come to Indy after eating there in Chicago. Great for downtown!
  • The negative remarks and insinuations across these topics toward chains!

    Chains are an integral part of the economic structure, for business and social strata. To have a one-off, local restaurant means one must have the financial means, stature, and blessing to establish, cultivate, and sustain a private business: This is not an breezy endeavor!

    And yet, following the anti-chain sentiment to its conclusive expectation would mean we'd have to have MANY such establishments to help meet our desire, even demand, for a thriving downtown and community.
  • will there be a chainlink fence around any of these restaurants?
  • Just what would the purpose of the chainlink fence be? To keep out the indigent or to make it look like the IPS HQ?
  • This is great; now the downtown location is out of the way, they can focus on going to the SAXONY Development in Fishers at Exit 10. It's going to be much more upscale than SIMON's Hamilton Town Center.
  • Superbroker do you work for Republic or something? I think this is the second time you've mentioned Saxony on one of these boards recently. Saxony might someday be an interesting development IF it ever gets off the ground. That development is old news. It's been in the works for years - and should've been done before Hamilton Town Center. I don't know what the hold up is, but if I were you, I wouldn't hold my breath waiting on it.
  • Oh Zipper Building...
    I am happy to see people talking about you once again, but how I miss your historic facade. That odd mix of geometry and color, you were such an interesting square in our downtown quilt. Everyone knew who you were and took note of your gawky shape and funky way. You were an icon, challenging, but neat. I understand that celebrating your “flaws” was too big a burden to bear. So enjoy your new look, you gorgeous block of dismissible design, you… but on the bright side, at least you won’t have a big red grill hanging from you.
  • How's the Broadbent Building looking anyway?
  • Brazilian food in Indy? I never saw that coming. ESPECIALLY Fogo de Chão. Indy needs to JUMP on this opportunity. If any of y'all have never had it, I highly recommend it. Getting one is even more prestigious as Hard Rock Cafe was BEFORE they started building them everywhere. The food, however, is in a different league entirely.

    Fogo de Chão definitely beats that..erm..eclectic bank pitch for that lot. I doubt the architecture will be anything compared to the lot's former occupant (pre-zipper building), but I'm sure the food will be better. YUM!

    I also hope the building won't be 'suburban'. It would be nice if a multi-use building were stuck there rather than a single-story restaurant, but lord knows we don't need more condos or offices. Regardless, it beats the bank.
  • Thank God we won't be getting that bank with a DRIVE THRU at the Broadbent Building now.
  • Guy: It's a huge deal for Bank of America, giving them a formidable Chicago presence. No word yet whether the bank has plans for Indianapolis. La Salle has a loan production office here but no retail branches.
  • Does anyone know what the Zipper Building's new facades will be? It looks like they are closing all the windows. Has it been posted anywhere? Thanks
  • Color Me Free. Click this link. The renderings are about halfway down.
  • Mobyhead, thanks for the link. I found it very interesting. Mediocre seems to be prevalent in our local new architecture. (I should say this with certain exceptions: the Eiteljorg, the State Museum, the Childrens Museum and I really like the new library by Evans Woollen, probably the best modern architect in Indianapolis ever. I know there are a few other good buildings.) What would we ever do without the book of cliches?
  • Gwen: If Saxony gets off the ground????? Let's see there are currently 1,600 homes completed with more being built, a 95 acre Clarian Medical complex with 500,000 to break ground by spring 2008, over 1,000,000 sq.ft. of industrial/office/flex under construction in the Saxony Corporate Campus in Noblesville, 3 hotels closed in Saxony Corporate Campus as well, and another 600,000-800,000 sq. ft. of upscale retail on the Fishers side of Saxony. Yes it should have been done by now, but that's because of a JV agreement with another developer out of Texas and they sat on the project for 18-24 months. It's now in full swing and more alive than ever, and no I don't work for the developer (Republic).
  • For those of you so eager to try Brazilian food here in Indy, Try the Brazilian Grill. Located at West 86th and Township Line Rd. They have been serving the same fare as the more expensive Fogo De Chao for over 6 months.
  • Great job. May I ask you to visit my pages and tell me your opinion? taylor rain

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