Watch out, King David

September 11, 2008
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Jody Maroni’s Sausage KingdomA California chain called Jody Maroni's Sausage Kingdom plans to open a new store in Circle Centre Mall. The restaurant calls itself "Home of the Haut Dog" and serves gourmet sausages and hot dogs. It will take the place of Le Petit Bistro in the Circle Centre food court. The chain already has a location at the airport.

And in other random downtown retail news ...

  • A new coffee shop called Jitters has opened on the third floor of Circle Centre next to Sunglass Hut.

  • Adobo Grill is now open for lunch and dinner at 110 East Washington St.

  • A seasonal halloween shop has taken the northwest corner of Washington and Meridian streets.

  • And Carson Pirie Scott not only has Christmas trees on display in September ... the store has them on sale for 30 percent off!

    • The seasonal Halloween shop is JOKE for that location.. The fact that there isn't a real tenant in there is ridiculous. That type of business is really tacky.

      I love King David's but they are stupid for not staying open until at least 8 or 9pm.
    • As a relative of one of the owners of KDD, I can tell you that they tried dinner hours when they first opened, with the thought that they could catch some of the Pacers crowd. However, they soon found that the numbers weren't working for dinner and they decided to become lunch-only. With the opening of Dunkin and Fogo since then, perhaps they'll try again. I've never been to Jody Maronis, but it would have to be awful good to unseat King David as the best dog in this town!
    • I was wondering if anyone had heard about a Hot Dog spot going in Broad Ripple next to the Monon Coffee Co. Is that a KDD as well?
    • I agree with benjamin. A Halloween store in the middle of downtown? I guess it is useful for residents of the immediate downtown area, but really, it DOES seem like a joke since there isn't a real tenant there like benjamin said. Ridiculous.
    • What is ridiculous about it? The economy is kinda tight right now, the space is empty and this business will at least TEMPORARILY fill it. It's not as though the Halloween store will be a permanent fixture. I live in L.A. and will gladly direct you to at LEAST two Halloween stores in this downtown (which, by the way, is going through a pretty impressive renaissance right now).

      Some people can see no side other than the negative....
    • KDD is too big of a dog, and the place is about some paint on the walls, clean the place up.....NO ONE has yet to match Libby's back when she was running the place. No one.
    • I also live in LA and can think of 2 seasonal Halloween stores in the CBD / Metro area. I don't think that there is anything ridiculous about it. Indy needs density. Take it - even if it is temporary and not too tacky.
    • Yea, I live in LA too where I'm glad to say that Halloween stores are an important and vital part of our economy and community, you should feel lucky Indy.
    • Ok, so three Angelinos are in the Indianapolis discussion forum about a HALLOWEEN store. I'm not a resident of Indy, I live in Arizona, so I'm curious, because the chances of having more than one person from an entirely different city interested in this discussion forum seem pretty slim. Amazing, so how are you three connected to Indy?
    • I'm totally going to that halloween store. I mean, there aren't any tenants interested, it's been empty since Obama's Office closed down. So, why not put a tacky halloween store downtown for a month or so while they look for a more viable tenant?

      The halloween store usually goes into a suburb, like castleton. It's interesting to see that an owner feels there's enough of a market in the downtown neighborhood to make business successful.
    • Replying to Al...

      KDD is just fine as they are. I've always thought it was very clean, the dogs are delicious and the service is really friendly. I enjoy the restaurant and I'm glad they're there!

      Okay so I'm wondering why we have people from L.A. and Phoenix on here. Why would you care what happens here?

      I agree with calicali. The Halloween store fills a space for now and the owner is getting some rent. I don't mind it really and it is only temporary.
    • Who cares about haute dogs? Avon is getting a SONIC!!!
    • I've never been to it any good?
    • Hopefully they will sell fireworks out of that location as well. Perhaps we could all head over to the new Wild Wings to set them off out front and enjoy a real display of lights and color.

      Seriously, no shame in a short term lease where the property is vacant. I would hope that the rates for such a prime location would be prohibitive for a proprieter of this nature to sign long term.

      KDD should seriously consider Saturday afternoon hours and going mobile. Boston's Sausage Guy started out w/ a cart outside of Fenway and then opened a successful storefront. Perhaps KDD should consider getting a peddlers permit from the city and take advantage of the numerous events in the CBD.

      Side note: Front Page on Mass ave is doubling its capacity however has hit construction delays, should be open again in a couple of weeks and is a great destination.
    • Shane - KDD is an acquired taste which I am not fond of, but you should check it out for yourself. The tater tots are delicious, though, and the plastic stadium cups are cool.
    • Still think it's tacky, but I'll probably go there for my zombie make-up.

      KDD may have tried dinner hours, but I was specifically told by the owners that downtown was dead after 5pm.. Obviously they don't spend much time downtown after they close their shop.
    • Jody Maroni's Sausage Kingdom? I swear Cory, you just report these things because they make you laugh -- like the Spicy Pickle.
    • Sorry DC, Front Page Tavern is too smokey for me to ever enjoy eating there.
    • I've never found FP to be that smokey.. the food is excellent.
    • You're kidding benjamin! I agree that Front Page's food is excellent but I go in there DESPITE the smoke, which is pretty bad. It's nice when you can sit outside during the summer and enjoy the food without the smoke. Can't wait for the expansion to be done.
    • Not that smoky? Walking past Front Page one summer day at lunchtime, a friend asked, based on the smell wafting out the door, whether they serve deep-fried cigarettes. I love the place, personally.
    • How is there not a hot dog chain named Abe Froman's Sausage Kingdom. Probably to obscure for the kids today.
    • There's a Halloween store outside of my office building in the loop. True it is not in a spot like Meridian and Washington but it's still here. I agree with the posts that it's not a big deal. As long as there is a demand for a service, they should be provided for within an area in which people are located. Not all stores can be glamor -- like this hot dog chain? Come on...they probably put ketchup on it; that's not how you make da dog!
    • Hahaha. I love it. Great idea.
    • Firewoman, who said I was from Phoenix?
    • KDD - unfriendly help and not so good dogs.... also, very UNaccomodating hours.

      Front Page - ALWAYS smoky, and not just a little - anything and everything you take in there with you reeks when you leave.

      Misc.- Does anybody know if anyone has tried anything developmentally with the old Central Restaurant Supply building downtown? It's an awesome building and would make great lofts!
    • Hi there Firewoman! Yes, I do live in Los Angeles, just off San Vicente and south of Melrose. I was born in Indianapolis and lived there until I moved to California a little more than 3 years ago. I read the Indianapolis Star and log onto virtually every day so that I can keep up with the goings on in my HOMETOWN. THAT is why you have at least THIS L.A. person on the boards! :-)

      And JDC, I totally agree about the CRS building being a great place for a loft conversion!
    • My last response is also directed to you Dustin.... Have a great weekend!
    • Fantastic calicali. You seem to enjoy LA. I love the Southwest, especially the climate.
    • yep, they will be selling weiners next to the monon coffee shop in BR. Also, hi end yogurt.

      Bet it will not last tho... :)
    • back in the day --

      you beat me to the punch. I heard that Abe Froman, Sausage King of Chicago was going to open up 6 locations here...

      Great pull - Save Ferris!
    • What is up with all of the KDD bashing? I'm a huge fan and find the service to be extremely friendly. Hot Dogs are a lunch food if ever there was one. I wouldn't think to eat there for dinner. Their dogs are always delicious and they offer plenty of condiment combinations so you can build the perfect dog for your liking.

      If you like a serious dog they're the best in the city BY FAR. And their an original so we should all do our best to support them (this is chain city after all).
    • Sorry Dustin... I automatically think of PHX when I see AZ... MY mistake. You're a real treat sometimes, you know? You still didn't answer the question.
    • If you like a serious dog they’re the best in the city BY FAR. And their an original so we should all do our best to support them (this is chain city after all).

      I would if they had decent hours.. I don't work downtown.. I live downtown. I hardly ever get the chance to eat there and they are closed on the weekends.

      I enjoy hot dogs in the evenings and on the weekends, your defense is pretty lame.
    • Firewoman, what question would you like for me to answer that will help brighten your day?
    • Benjamin,

      Perhaps I overstated my hot dog eating hours. Some crave dogs for dinner and I certianly didn't mean to offend. Some early evening hours probably wouldn't hurt, but without a ton of residential development at their doorstep I could see how they would struggle. Foot traffic is the key to a place like KD and there just isn't enough in the evenings.

      Carve out some time on the weekend and enjoy.

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