Granite City’s restaurant in Circle Centre closes

Granite City Brewery appears to have shuttered its Circle Centre restaurant, which opened in mid-2013 on the mall’s ground floor.

The restaurant was locked and dark on Thursday evening and a call to the establishment went unanswered. The Circle Centre location was no longer listed Thursday on Granite City’s website.

Locations in Carmel, Fort Wayne and Mishawaka were open on Thursday and are still listed on the website.

Incorporated in 1997 and based in Bloomington, Minnesota, Granite City has had financial problems in recent years.

In October 2017, Circle Centre Mall LLC sued Granite City in Marion Superior Court, claiming that the restaurant company owed $67,652 in back rent on the 9,000-square-foot spot. When it signed a 10-year lease at the location in June 2012, Granite City agreed to pay $17,500 in monthly rent for the first five years, and $18,454 per month for the next five.

The case was dismissed without prejudice in March 2018.

The company’s most recent financial report paints a picture of a company in financial distress.

In the report, the company said it is in default to creditor Citizens Bank and has failed to make all principal payments and most interest payments on its debt with the bank since March 31, 2018.

Granite City also said that its board is “actively exploring strategic options” to improve its financial liquidity, including a possible sale or restructuring, and has hired an investment banking firm to help it explore its strategic and financial alternatives.

For the 26-week period ending June 25, the company posted a loss of $4.3 million on revenues of $65.4 million. During the same period a year earlier, the company posted a $1.8 million loss on revenues of $68.8 million.

As of June 25, the company had 32 Granite City locations in 13 states, including Indianapolis, Carmel, South Bend and Fort Wayne. The company also has a centralized beer production facility in Ellsworth, Iowa and four Cadillac Ranch locations, though none in Indiana. At one time Indianapolis had a Cadillac Ranch, in Union Station, but it closed in November 2017.

Representatives from Granite City’s Minnesota headquarters did not immediately respond to a phone message left by IBJ on Thursday afternoon.

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6 thoughts on “Granite City’s restaurant in Circle Centre closes

  1. Not a shock. We Had unacceptably bad service during GENCON. We watched several people walk out on checks after an hour with no food. I waited 30 minutes for a drink AT THE BAR. They also seemed to be substituting items, like their vendors had stopped deliveries.

  2. Food wasn’t great so this is no surprise. Simon has never understood this mall. They opened it with a mix of clothing and entertainment, no housewares or lifestyle shops such as Crate and Barrel or the Williams-Sonoma brand. Nordstrom’s announcement that they were opening a store at Keystone at the Crossing sounded the death knell for the mall. We who live downtown went north to Keystone at the Crossing to shop. It had everything. Simon can blame the problems on online stores, but when I go to the Fashion Mall, I see plenty of people shopping. It’s time for Simon to take a fresh look at Circle Centre. Make it an upscale mall to attract the visitors staying at the Conrad, Kimpton, and IHG hotels, along with the burgeoning upper-middle class population in the downtown area.
    Of course, the city needs to prohibit people from sleeping on the sidewalks, too.

    1. Just for accuracy’s sake, Circle Centre had a Kitchen Express store when it opened, but it didn’t last long.

  3. Simon Property Group doesn’t own the Circle Centre Mall, they just run it… They own Keystone at the Crossing so that’s a big reason why it is so much better.

    1. Correction… they are part owners. But certainly don’t have a majority stake. I think it’s 10-15%.