Pure Eatery set to close at Fountain Square’s Murphy Art Center

The Murphy Art Center houses artist studios and offices, galleries, a restaurant and an art-supply store.
The Murphy Art Center, 1043 Virginia Ave., has been home to Pure Eatery since June 2010. (Perry Reichanadter photo)

Pure Eatery plans to end its 11-year run as a fixture of the Fountain Square neighborhood, its owners said Tuesday in a social media post.

Opened in June 2010 with a focus on serving breakfast and lunch on the first floor of the Murphy Art Center at 1043 Virginia Ave., Pure will cease operations before the new year arrives.

“It is with a heavy heart that we are announcing the closing of our doors at the end of this month,” Pure Eatery’s owners wrote in a Tuesday Facebook post. “It has been a pleasure and an honor to be a part of the Fountain Square neighborhood.”

In October, Pure Eatery co-owners Dave Andrus, Courtney Andrus and Jason Jacobi cited staffing shortages when closing their 6-year-old Pure Eatery location in Fishers.

No reason was listed in the Fountain Square announcement, which encouraged visits before the restaurant closes.

“Please stop in over the next few weeks and give some love to our amazing staff that has served up fresh, locally sourced, made from scratch recipes and delicious, original craft cocktails for so many years.”

Dave and Courtney Andrus also own Pearl Street Pizzeria & Pub, which has locations in downtown Indianapolis and at 10462 Olio Road in Fishers.

Jon Andrus, Dave’s brother, and his wife, Amy, were the first owners of Pure Eatery. Dave and Courtney Andrus and Jacobi became owners in 2012. After the transition, the restaurant added a bar and extended its hours to 3 a.m. Presently, Pure Eatery is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

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5 thoughts on “Pure Eatery set to close at Fountain Square’s Murphy Art Center

  1. Really sad to hear that this place is closing. Pure Eatery has always been one of the few places that still tries to offer very tasty but healthy options that adults and kids like!

  2. Question: why is the closing of a restaurant — not this restaurant in particular, but any restaurant — Breaking News? Aren’t there more pressing and important things happening?

    1. Of course there, but this isn’t the IBJ of old. Still better than the Star. They really need to adequately replace Scott Olson

  3. Pure Eatery has been a jewel in the neighborhood. Healthy food, locally sourced, reasonably priced. I’ve taken a variety of friends and family there over the years, and all could find something to please their palates, even the picky ones. Many restaurants these days are about creating a menu with different flavor profiles, “elevating” the basics, combining unusual elements, chasing the latest trends, etc. Pure Eatery was simply straightforward good food.

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