Scotty’s down to one area location after another closure

Another Scotty’s Brewhouse has shut down, marking the ninth closure for the Indianapolis-based restaurant and bar chain in the last six months.

The Scotty’s at 251 W. Northfield Drive in Brownsburg closed permanently Wednesday after business hours, according to the company.

The location, which opened in 2014, was owned by a third-party management company, SL Brownsburg, and its day-to-day operations were run through the Scotty’s Brewhouse support center in Indianapolis, according to Ashley Merder, brand manager for the company.

“Unfortunately, the independent owner, SL Brownsburg, made the abrupt decision to close Scotty’s Brewhouse Brownsburg at the end of business on Wednesday, June 12,” Merder said in a written statement. “We would like to thank the wonderful employees for their years of service and dedication to Scotty’s Brewhouse. The team is what made this Brewhouse a home to so many locals.”

Merder said it is working to relocate staff to other locations. The company has just one restaurant left in the Indianapolis area.

The closure will leave Scotty’s with nine overall locations, plus a Thr3e Wise Men Co. taproom in Muncie. Earlier this week, the Thr3e Wise Men Brewing microbrewery and restaurant in Broad Ripple closed after more than eight years in business.

Scotty’s remaining corporate-operated locations are on the Butler University campus in Indianapolis and in Bloomington, Fort Wayne, West Lafayette and Mishawaka.

Its four independently managed locations are in Champaign and Matoon in Illinois; Oxford, Ohio; and Poplar Bluff, Missouri.

The 23-year-old Scotty’s chain has been undergoing major changes since being sold to Scottsdale, Arizona-based Due North Holdings LLC and Japanese firm Sase Kosan K.K. in December 2016 for around $10 million.

The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in late 2018. The bankruptcy only included corporately operated stores, including the Thr3e Wise Men in Broad Ripple.

IBJ reported in April that Sase Kosan was taking over management responsibility from Due North and was working to restructure company operations.

Merder said the company was working to avoid further closures.

"We plan on reviving the menu, quality of food, and the overall guest experience in order to avoid future retraction,” she said.

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