Two downtown restaurants operated by Indianapolis restaurateur Ed Rudisell are set to close, he announced Friday morning on Facebook.
Black Market, 922 Massachusetts Ave., and Rook, 501 Virginia Ave., will close after serving diners one last time on Saturday, Sept. 5, Rudisell said.
Black Market, a modern Mexican eatery, opened in 2011. Rook, a street-food-inspired contemporary Asian restaurant, opened in 2013 in the Hinge Building in Fountain Square before moving to its current site.
“I’m sad to announce that we’ll be closing Black Market and Rook permanently at the end of next weekend,” Rudisell said. “We’ve done everything we can to survive this pandemic, but it’s not enough. We’ve lost this fight. Our final day will be Saturday, Sept 5th. Come by and see us one last time next week as we wrap up an era.”
Ed Rudisell, who co-owns the two restaurants, also operates Siam Square, a Thai eatery at 936 Virginia Ave. that opened in 2008, and Inferno Room, a tiki bar at 902 Virginia Ave. that opened in 2018.
Rudisell said closing the restaurants was “the hardest thing I’ve done in my life,” but conditions facing the industry were insurmountable.
He said a federal Paycheck Protection Program loan wasn’t enough to save the business.
“Debt is suffocating us,” he said. “Insurance companies refuse to pay out for the stoppage of our businesses. Washington has abandoned us. Sales are slow. And the virus is gaining strength again. We made it through some tough times. But there is no end in sight for this pandemic. This one knocked us out.”