Near-north-side restaurant closes after short run

Long Branch, the Asian-inspired eatery in the new Delaware retail-residential complex in Fall Creek Place, has closed after a six-month run.

The restaurant opened in November at the northeast corner of Delaware and 22nd streets.

Owners announced the closing Thursday on a Facebook post: “It is with great sadness that [we] must announce that we have had to close down our restaurant. We want to thank everyone who has supported us & we'd like to thank our staff for giving it their all.”

Long Branch was operated by Scott Lowe and the owners of nearby Shoefly Public House, Craig Mariutto and his wife, Kate Mariutto.

Lowe, a 17-year veteran of the restaurant business, helped open Bluebeard on Virginia Avenue and before that was at Ball & Biscuit on Massachusetts Avenue.

The 21-and-over restaurant seated more than 80 and typically was only open for dinner, although in recent weeks it added Sunday brunch. Takeout was available via a separate entrance.

Long Branch was well-reviewed, earning raves from IBJ, Indianapolis Monthly and The Indianapolis Star.

The Delaware development is owned by King Park Development Corp. and Bloomington-based Cedarview Management Corp. It features 47 apartment units, 9,000 square feet of retail and a 54-space parking garage.

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