Juicy Seafood Indy is taking over the high-profile former site of the Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery on 86th Street between Township Line and Michigan roads.
Rock Bottom late last year vacated the 9,159-square-foot standalone building, which is across 86th from Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, after more than a dozen years in the location.
Juicy Seafood Indy’s owner, Jason Wu of Columbus, Indiana, said he is aiming for a December opening.
He also has Juicy Seafood restaurants in Montgomery, Alabama, and Rochester, New York, and is a partner in a Juicy Crab restaurant in Jacksonville, Florida. Wu said he is not affiliated with a similarly named Savannah, Georgia, restaurant, The Juicy Seafood.
The restaurant building, which sits on a 4.2 acre site, was built in 1995 and originally occupied by the Cooker Bar & Grille.
The property was listed for sale for $3.3 million early this year but then was offered for lease. Wu signed a 10-year lease for the property. Local brokerage Consortium CRE was the leasing agent for the deal.
Wu said he decided to open a north-side Indianapolis location after friends told him there weren’t many seafood restaurants on that side of town.
“I take my friends’ advice. I think that is a great market,” Wu told IBJ.
The menu will focus on Cajun-style boiled seafood dishes, such as lobster, mussels, crawfish and crab, Wu said.
The restaurant will accommodate 250 to 280 diners and also will offer take-out service.
Wu said Juicy Seafood Indy is pursuing a liquor license. He said it eventually will offer live music on weekends.
Wu said he plans to open other Indianapolis locations, probably in a year or so.