Time to Tango?

December 30, 2008
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Taste of TangoLooks like the Taste of Tango will get off the ground after all. Workers yesterday installed a black awning on the building's brown facade (fashion police, is this a faux pas?).

In other neighborhood restaurant news, Scotty's apparently is on target to open next week. A press preview event has been scheduled for Friday. More on both new restaurants is here.
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  • Wow. next week for scotty's? It didn't look even close to done a few days ago..

    Any predictions on what will go in between dunkin' and tango? come on jamba juice!
  • I can't believe all the actual openings we're seeing downtown in this economy. Hopefully the fact that there is a large cluster of attractions at Washington/Penn means that they'll be able to draw enough traffic to hang in there. I'm eager to try both places.

    I agree, the black awning on the brown facade doesn't look good, but hey, this is Indianapolis.

    Jamba would be pretty sweet (no pun intended).
  • Good to hear about another interesting restaurant. Can't wait...

    The colors bother me less than the execution. The awning doesn't seem to go with the building at all. From the angle of the photo, it appears to obscure the upper windows and the depth seems a little shallow, almost as if it were picked off the rack without much thought.

    A general observation about Indy is that business owners should leave awning and signage designs to the architects, not the installers.
  • As an designer, I have no problem with the black/brown combo (in fact, its a favorite of mine). However, as MDB has already pointed out, the proportions / positioning of the awning leave something to be desired. But hey, I think that MIGHT be nit-picking a bit. I'm just excited to hear that they WILL be opening! More good news in a tight economy.... every little bit helps.
  • I find it all European looking & quite attractive.
  • It doesn't look as bad in person, IMO.
  • I actually like this. For the simple fact that it does stand out from the rest of other buildings' facades. I do however think the awning should have been put up with a little more consideration in terms of balance and aesthetic appeal. But for the most part, it's great, that this type of business is opening up indeed. Would love to find out what is going to happen with the middle space between Dunkin' and Tango. I think Jamba Juice would be great there. Better than just another mediocre type restaurant... like McDonald's, Burger King... Jamba Juice has a much nicer appeal.
  • Holy cow, did Dustin just say something positive about Indianapolis? Now I've seen it all. :)

    By the way, I absolutely love Buenos Aires. I'd love to do an expat assignment there one day. The vibe is super-cool and the prices can't be beat.
  • To me it looks more mahogany in person. Which black goes quite well with. In the end, the entrance gives me the effect of Buenos Aires, and thats what is needed.
  • The problem with the awning is that it is stretched; it should be a loose, retractable awning and extend out further over the sidewalk. Scale is so important. That would make it more compatible to the building facade and the street-scape. I also find the design of the store front facade out of place with the building facade but I'm willing to make another assessment at a later date. The dark brown wood and the black awning are very interesting considering what the BW3 tried to pull on the city. I expect this project to be accepted by most of the people who read/submit to this blog. I hope the food is better than average. There have been several comments recently about the activity around Penn and Wash. We all know this is an important corner; it is where Cory S lives. And we have to give him better food than two donuts and a cup of bad coffee for lunch.
  • I'll have to check it out with the awning, but I thought the ground level looked really cheap without the awning. It looks like a bad job done trying to create a fancy entrance on an estate home.
  • i'm as big as an architectural snob as anyone, but we should atleast give this place a chance to show us what its got in the department where it really matters...food.
  • Good question, Maria. I haven't been able to find a menu for the place. Argentinian cuisine is diverse, particularly in Buenos Aires. But if they just say Argentinian, I suspect it means steakhouse. I'm hoping they include BA style pizzas, milanesas (known to us Hoosiers as a chicken friend steak), and more. Downtown is already over steakhoused.

    BTW: If anyone ever travels to Louisville, there is a very good Italian style Argentinian restaurant on Bardstown Rd. called Palermo Viejo, after the neighborhood. It is first rate.
  • wow, the letters on the awning are tiny!
  • Come on people!!! The black awning is fine on the brown facade. As an artist and someone who studied color theory, it is perfectly fine. Think outside the box. It is Indianapolis...be proud of that!
  • Before we even begin to talk about the restaurant's ho-hum color combination and awkward awning, we need to talk about the quality of the facade's construction. This restaurant is covered by one of the worst paint jobs I have ever seen. It looks like they used some cheap flat mahogany paint they bought randomly at the bargain bin in a dollar store, went to Lowes and bought the cheapest wood they could find, didn't sand it, painted it, and then covered it with cheap glossy lacquer. It looks horrible and very shoddy, especially in daylight.

    As ugly as the BW3 facade is, at least it looks like it was constructed by a professional.
  • You know, ablerock is absolutely correct. I haven't even seen it in person but you can tell just by enlarging the photo that it looks pretty cheaply constructed... pretty bad.
  • Yep, gotta agree with Ablerock, that it's overall cheap, and all those upthread who think the awning is awkward. it is poorly placed and looks tacked on not integrated. The front door looks like it came from Lowe's, and the horizontal trim at the base is too skimpy.

    That said, it's not as wildly offensive to my eyeballs as BW3's is. This is just not good, while BW3 is flat-out bad.

    However, I also agree with Urbanophile that it's cool to see new places opening in 1. this economy and 2. January, the notoriously worst month for restaurant traffic. Also, good point, Maria, that we should still try the food/service before completely destroying it based on aesthetics.
  • HEY EVERYONE! Scotty's opened downtown 11 minutes ago! Awesome!
  • I'd like to think I semi-qualify as fashion police and I enjoy black/brown combos. As noted by others though, something else is off here. Perhaps is the chain link gate next door? But glad to see this piece of Washington Street being filled, especially in this economy.
  • I would have to say pictures don't do justice.... I have driven by and it does look decent... the awning looks fine.. it doesn't have to extend that far out over the sidewalk as someone else pointed out... you aren't hanging out on the sidewalk there anyway... cudos for the color scheme, very tasteful... I just need to try the food now...

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