16 Tech announces first round of food, retail vendors

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The 16 Tech Innovation District has announced the first seven food and retail tenants who will be part of the development’s Artisan Marketplace, which is expected to open to the public in March.

The 40,000-square-foot Artisan Marketplace, known as The AMP, is expected to house more than 20 vendors operating from restaurant stalls and repurposed shipping containers. The space will also have an open-air bar, full-service restaurant, communal seating and event space.

Vendors on the list released Tuesday:

– Frankie’s Pizza Parlor, a New York-style pizza place from the owners of Indianapolis-based Turchetti’s Salumeria and Turchetti’s Delicatessen.

– Circle City Sweets, which offers French and American baked goods and pastries, will relocate from its current location at City Market. The establishment is owned by Cindy and Roger Hawkins.

– Indianapolis-based Tinker Coffee Co., a coffee roaster with coffee nearby roasting operations, at 1125 W. 16th St.

– PB&J Factory, a sandwich shop and cereal bar operated by the cofounder of Code Black Indy Inc.

– Waterway Fish Market, which will hire interns from the Second Helpings Culinary Job Training Program.

– Melon Kitchen, a virtual kitchen concept development program for emerging Black chefs and restaurateurs.

– Black Orchid, a barber shop offering hot shaves, customized haircuts, beard trims and other services.

“We’re thrilled to welcome these innovative operators to The AMP,” chef Craig Baker said in a prepared statement released on Tuesday. “These concepts are in line with our vision to create a community-centric, dynamic and energetic destination for Indy.” Baker is an experienced restaurateur who is leading the development of The AMP.

Located along Indiana Avenue on the northwest edge of downtown, 16 Tech is a 50-acre campus being developed on the site of the former Citizens Water headquarters. The campus also includes a 15,000-square-foot maker space called Machyne and more than 50,000 square feet of flexible office space managed by 1776, which oversees business incubators in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey and Washington, D.C.

Additional tenant announcements are expected between now and The AMP’s March opening.

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2 thoughts on “16 Tech announces first round of food, retail vendors

  1. This sounds great and good to see it all finally coming together.The only thing is that you have to allow the empolyees back to work in the office buildings for any of this to work. Glad to see Indy with major projevts like this come to life.Many of indy’s peer cities are pulling ahead with nice massive office parks and tech venues like this. Look at what Nashville has done with Nashville Yards to support the Amazon development there