Bru Burger Bar picks Keystone Crossing site for 11th location

Cunningham Restaurant Group plans to bring its growing Bru Burger Bar concept to Keystone at the Crossing as a tenant in Duke Realty Corp.’s new headquarters building.

Bru is scheduled to open in late April on the first floor of the four-story building at 8711 River Crossing, part of the River North office, residential and retail development immediately east of the Fashion Mall at Keystone.

Plans call for the gourmet burger restaurant to occupy 4,855 square feet, with indoor seating for up to 135 people and additional, seasonal patio seating.

Keystone will be the 11th location—and seventh in Indiana—for the Bru Burger concept. Other locations include Carmel, Plainfield, Evansville, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Lexington, Kentucky. The first Bru opened on Mass Ave in 2011.

Bru locations generally offer an array of burgers, sandwiches and salads, along with a wide selection of draft and craft beers. The brand has won a variety of local dining awards for its burgers.

“We are excited to add a Bru Burger Bar location in the Keystone area,” Cunningham Restaurant Group owner Mike Cunningham said in a written statement. “With the combined retail and business space, we are confident [it] will become a place to stop for business meetings and meals for people shopping in the area.”

The 78,000-square-foot Duke Realty headquarters building was co-developed with another local firm, PK Partners, on a 2.9 acre site where a Champps restaurant was once located. Duke is expected to move into the building by the end of February, occupying about 73,000 square feet.

Cunningham operates more than 15 concepts across 33 restaurants.

“Duke Realty is pleased that Bru has selected our new headquarters for another of their fine restaurants,” said Duke CEO Jim Connor in written remarks. “This eatery will be another attractive and convenient amenity for our associates.”

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