Public Greens plans to open downtown restaurant late this year

After a longer-than-expected wait, a third Public Greens restaurant is slated to open in Indianapolis, this time in the downtown Cummins building around Thanksgiving, restaurateur Martha Hoover said Monday.

Hoover, founder of the Patachou family of restaurants, said that plans for the new restaurant are official. She told IBJ in December 2016 that she was in discussions to put a Public Greens in the building at 301 E. Market St.

In April 2017, she said plans for the 2,500-square-foot location continued to move forward.

In 2014, Hoover opened her first Public Greens in a vacant Broad Ripple building resembling a train depot along the Monon Trail. The eatery offers soups, sandwiches and entrees with the same emphasis on fresh ingredients and sense of invention seen in other Patachou family eateries.

The twist is that its profits benefit a not-for-profit Hoover established to provide after-school meals to children in need. The eatery in the Cummins building will have the same financial arrangement.

Patachou opened the second Public Greens—at the Fashion Mall at Keystone—this spring.

Hoover's restaurant company operates 13 restaurants—six Cafe Patachous, three Napolese pizzerias, one Petite Chou, one Crispy Bird and two Public Greens.

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