Longtime downtown steakhouse Shula’s preparing to close

Shula’s Steak House, which has been in operation at the Westin Indianapolis hotel for 21 years, will be closing at the end of February, the restaurant chain told IBJ on Thursday.

A representative for Shula’s told IBJ that the decision to leave the downtown Westin, 241 W. Washington St., was made by the hotel and not the restaurant. She said Shula’s would be open to operating another Indianapolis restaurant but doesn’t have current plans to relocate.

“It’s been an honor to serve the community by providing years of Shula’s dedicated service and high-quality cuisine to those that have come through our doors since opening in 1998," Shula’s Chief Brand and Marketing Officer Shardul Kiri said in a written statement. "We look forward to serving and seeing our Indianapolis guests again at any of our other 24 Shula brand locations throughout the country.”

A Westin official did not immediately respond to a phone message seeking comment Thursday morning.

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida-based Shula’s Restaurants, which opened its first restaurant in 1989, was founded by former Miami Dolphins Coach Don Shula.

The company now encompasses six restaurant brands, including Shula’s Steak House. After the Indianapolis location closes, the chain’s only Midwest site will be in Chicago. Shula’s also has one location each in Arizona, Texas and Virginia; and five in Florida.

Other Shula’s brands include Shula’s 347 Grill, with locations in Florida, Virginia and Utah; Shula’s 2 Steak & Sports, in Ohio and Florida; Shula’s Bar & Grill in Florida; Shula Burger, a franchised concept in Florida; and the latest concept, 347 Steakbar by Shula, opening its first location soon in Ohio.

Shula's is one of more than a dozen steakhouses in downtown Indianapolis and the second to decide to close in recent months. Red the Steakhouse at 14 W. Maryland St. closed in October.

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