IBJ Podcast: Restaurants rejoice in looser limits for March Madness

After a long year crushed by the pandemic, restaurants—especially those located downtown—are reveling in a series of announcements that could help push their recoveries forward.

First, the NCAA announced it would stage its entire March Madness men’s basketball tournament in central Indiana. Then, the Indy-based organization said it would allow a limited number of fans to attend. And finally, the Marion County Public  Health Department increased the capacity limits for bars and restaurants.

So host Mason King talked with Mike Cranfill, co-owner of The District Tap, and Mike Cunningham, founder and CEO of Cunningham Restaurant Group, which owns 35 restaurants with plans to open several more soon, about what the NCAA tournament will mean for them.

Plus, the restauranteurs catch us up on how they’ve fared throughout the past year.

You can read more about the projected impact of the NCAA tournament on restaurants in a story by IBJ reporter Susan Orr. Plus, check out all of IBJ’s NCAA tournament coverage at The Rebound.

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8 thoughts on “IBJ Podcast: Restaurants rejoice in looser limits for March Madness

  1. Too bad Indy restaurant owners are such sheep that they let this go on so long.
    PPP money was too good for them to rock the boat.
    Sad for the customers and workers, especially since the science did not point here.

    1. They tried through the court system, but Judge Jane protected her long time buddy, Pothole

    2. The science literally says sit down restaurants and bars are the #2 spreader behind church services…

  2. It’s a business sham. Restaurants open more capacity but Marion county schools can’t. Yet the science has been very clear on schools NOT being super spreaders. So fouled up.