BrewDog bar in Fountain Square is permanently closed

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BrewDog Closes
A BrewDog truck parked Friday in front of the newly closed bar on the first floor of the Forte apartment building, 1140 Shelby St. (IBJ photo / Dave Lindquist)

BrewDog, a Scottish company that made Indianapolis the second city of its U.S. expansion, ended its run in Fountain Square Friday.

“Today, we made the tough decision to permanently close our Indianapolis bar,” the company said in a statement provided to IBJ. “We are doing everything we can to ensure a smooth and fair transition for our Indy-based team members, including offering all team members full-time jobs at our other locations, a stipend for relocating, and helping facilitate future career moves.”

BrewDog opened on the first floor of the Forte apartment building, 1140 Shelby St., in September 2019.

The 4,000-square-foot bar featured 24 taps and a menu highlighted by tacos, hamburgers, sandwiches, pretzels and Buffalo Cauliflower wings.

BrewDog made its move overseas by opening a bar in Columbus, Ohio, in 2017. The company subsequently opened a brewery and two hotels in Columbus. BrewDog bars opened in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Pittsburgh after the Indianapolis location opened.

James Watt and Martin Dickie founded BrewDog in Fraserburgh, Scotland, in 2007. BrewDog beer is sold at more than 20 liquor and grocery stores in Indianapolis.

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11 thoughts on “BrewDog bar in Fountain Square is permanently closed

  1. Given that they were requiring patrons to provide their personal information and contact info for contact tracing before they would put them on the list to be seated, I think this recent news is very fitting. They were way out of their lane on that one, maybe they should’ve stayed in their lane and focused on what they went into business to do – – provide food and beverage,.

    1. Quite likely. The place was horrible to its employees and the community didn’t forget that. They’re closing because people stopped going.

    2. “Disgruntled employees” sounds like a way to dismiss concerns that were quite serious.

  2. Business shouldn’t underestimate the tolerance level of customers and employees when dealing with delicate and sensitive situations. The pandemic has shown that companies need to be more creative in how it approach marketing to the public and retaining good staff members.The pandemic has also shown us that old companies will move out and new ones will replace them and life goes on.

  3. As a former customer we quit going because they were never open. It almost felt like people used the panic demic as an excuse not to work. Not sure what all the forces were behind this.

  4. I also quit going because they were open, then not, then open, then not throughout the pandemic. Drove to Fountain Square several times, parked, and encountered a locked door. So just stopped wasting my time. Having to trade your personal info at the door in exchange for a seat for contact tracing was also an annoyance. Also, they have converted A LOT of their very previously good beers to low alcohol and alcohol-free (with a huge loss of flavor). A once-great brewery that has lost its way.

  5. This reminds me of SunKing in BRip! I really enjoyed the atmosphere, loved the concept, and some of the beers. Most of them were meh/boring flavors and I can see how it lost popularity. That location demands quality on all fronts. If it was opening, closing, opening, and closing numerous times (I wouldn’t know) that’s never a great sign.