Duos Kitchen, which grew out of a food truck into a standstill, lunch-only eatery in Midtown Indianapolis in 2012, is set to close permanently after lunch Friday.
The owners of the restaurant, 2960 N. Meridian St., announced the decision Thursday on Facebook.
“We are sad to say that Duos will close forever after lunch tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 25,” the announcement said. “Over the last few months, we’ve witnessed the dominoes of near and dear restaurants falling, afraid that we would join them—but hopeful, because that’s who we are. But we’ve finally had to face the reality that because of the pandemic and our inept government, staying open is no longer an option. We’d hoped we could give you more notice, but unfortunately, closing after lunch tomorrow made the most sense.”
Duos also operates a location at Eskenazi Health, 720 Eskenazi Ave., that has been limited to filling online orders during the health crisis, and a spot in the Indianapolis City Market that has remained closed during the pandemic.
The restaurant is co-owned by chef Becky Hostetter and husband David Hostetter, who operated Essential Edibles in the 1990s.
Becky Hostetter shares executive chef duties with John Garnier, who has worked at some of the area’s top restaurants since the 1980s, including the Glass Chimney in Carmel, Z Bistro in Zionsville and Illinois Street Food Emporium.
The business was launched as food truck Duo’s Slow Food Fast in 2010 before moving into the International Medical Group building in 2012.
The Hostetters, who are both in their 60s, gave praise to their landlords for working with them during the pandemic. Becky told Indianapolis Monthly earlier this year that the business was having trouble making ends meet due to the health crisis despite a federal Paycheck Protection Program loan.
“We’re devastated,” the owners said in their Facebook post. “We’re also angry, on our own behalf and for the many more small businesses who aren’t going to survive into a post-pandemic world.”