The lure of tapas

April 25, 2007
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How strong is it? The owners of a new BARcelona Tapas restaurant think it's strong enough to overcome a risky Barcelona Fooddowntown location at the northeast corner of Delaware and Ohio streets. The 3,800-square-foot restaurant is slated to open in May just down the street from Wheeler Mission, in an area without much foot traffic at night. The restaurant owner says the location wouldn't work for a traditional restaurant or steakhouse but will for BARcelona. "With us having an innovative concept nowhere else in Indianapolis, we will draw people," said Frank Schmitz, CEO of St. Louis-based BARcelona LLC. Schmitz said he was drawn to the Indianapolis location by a great rent rate and is confident the restaurant can overcome a stigma in the area. Already, IndyGo has agreed to relocate a bus stop that would have greeted diners. Check out the menu here.
  • I live around the corner from BARcelona, and I hope it's a rousing success, despite the somewhat lame name.

    We have plenty of dining options up the street on Massachusetts Avenue, but it's a long hike over to the truly Downtown nexus of mostly chain joints.

    If only Sakura/Ocean World would bring good sushi south of Kessler, I could die a happy woman.
  • ... the old Burger King used to be?
  • I moved back to Indy from St. Louis last year, where my husband and I dined at BARcelona often. We are so excited they followed us here! The sangria is wonderful, and there are tons of vegetarian options. We can't wait!
  • Yes, it's where there used to be a Burger King.
  • God forbid that buses would continue to stop
  • The Wheeler Mission is a black eye on that area and needs to be moved. Many of my female friends and myself routinely get harrassed walking past the Wheeler Mission. It is especially scary at night while walking back to my townhouse at night.

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