Carmel design center adding Le Peep as tenant

The group that owns and runs Le Peep restaurants in central Indiana is planning an eighth location, to be located in the Indiana Design Center in downtown Carmel.

Le Peep Restaurants of Indiana will lease about 2,800 square feet of space at the high-end home décor and remodeling center at 200 S. Rangeline Road, according to Ali Hessaraki, managing partner of the local restaurant chain. It also will have a patio that can seat about 30 patrons.

The space formerly was occupied by Blu Moon Café, one of the original tenants of the 82,000-square-foot center that opened in 2010. Blu Moon closed earlier this year.

The new breakfast-and-lunch spot is expected to open in late October with full sit-down service. Taking into account social-distancing guidelines, the indoor portion of the restaurant should seat between 70 and 80 patrons, Hessaraki told IBJ.

The first Le Peep restaurant was founded in 1963 in Aspen, Colorado. There currently are about 45 restaurants in 15 states that operate with the Le Peep name. Owners operate under a licensing model in which they buy rights to the brand name.

Le Peep Restaurants of Indiana owns another location in Carmel at 12212 N. Meridian St. Its six other restaurants are in Zionsville, Whitestown, downtown Indianapolis, Castleton, Fashion Mall Commons in the Keystone at the Crossing area, and in Intech Park on the west side of Indianapolis.

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4 thoughts on “Carmel design center adding Le Peep as tenant

  1. Not surprising at all. In fact, I would have thought the news of the new location came with the news that the current location is closing once the Design Center location opens. The Hamilton Crossing Centre where the current Carmel location is has been declining since US31 was redone. LePeep is one of the last places left in this mostly vacant mall. And it’s a well-known fact that the city and Kite are working together to have this space rezoned so it can be used for something more than a strip center.

    1. Yes, what he said. I’m a regular at the current LePeep location at the Hamilton Crossing Centre location and they have been discussing this as a move to the new location.