Stories about Scott Wise, IMS and Lilly are IBJ’s most-read of 2022

Stories about restaurateur Scott Wise, a Penske Entertainment purchase near Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Eli Lilly and Co.’s drug Mounjaro topped the list of’s best-read stories of 2022.

The list—based on the number of times readers clicked on stories—includes several other real estate stories, including the future plans for Christel DeHaan’s former estate and a fitness chain’s plans to move into a former Marsh store.

Other stories on the list are about Pat McAfee, IUPUI and layoffs at WIBC-FM. Here’s the full list with links to the stories.

  1. Restaurateur Scott Wise, wife, file for bankruptcy,” Oct. 20

Wise, founder of now-defunct Indianapolis-based restaurant chain Scotty’s Brewhouse, said his personal bankruptcy is related to financial issues from the chain’s collapse. But Wise said his personal bankruptcy would have no impact on his newest restaurant Roots Burger Bar.

  1. Penske buys key parcel across from Speedway with plans to rethink track’s ‘front door,’” May 23

The acquisition across from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s main entrance on 16th Street gave track officials a large swath of contiguous land for reimagining the corridor.

  1. Lilly’s new weight-loss drug is a ‘double wow’ and likely blockbuster,” May 6

The pharmaceutical giant turned heads with an experimental medicine it says can help obese patients shed nearly a quarter of their body weight and manage diabetes.

  1. Home furnishings retailer plans to turn DeHaan estate into giant showroom, restaurant,” April 26

National retailer RH is teaming with a developer to take over Linden House—the 152-acre Indianapolis estate of late businesswoman and philanthropist Christel DeHaan—and turn it into a huge home furnishings showroom, interior design gallery, upscale restaurant, wine bar and outdoor furniture gallery.

  1. Fitness chain opening gigantic gym in former Marsh supermarket,” June 14

The Villages at Eagle Creek location was one of 18 stores closed by Marsh Supermarkets in mid-2017 as part of the company’s bankruptcy plan after the properties failed to sell at auction.

  1. Purdue, IU agree to split IUPUI campus, with both planning growth, stronger Indianapolis identities,” Aug. 12

The move is intended to drive growth in enrollment, research and particularly prestige, in part by eliminating the school’s tongue-twisting name.

  1. “‘Chicks on the Right’ co-founder to exit WIBC, cites vaccination mandates among reasons,” Jan. 11

Miriam Weaver said the primary factor in her departure was creating time to focus on ‘Chicks on the Right’ work with Amy Jo Clark.

  1. Health system Ascension to close hospital, 9 medical practices in Indiana,” Oct. 3

The closure of the hospital was to result in the layoff of 77 employees, while more than 50 employees were to be affected by the closures of the nine practices.

  1. Former Colt McAfee plans to move media studio, foundation to vacant Lawrence church,” Jan. 26

The punter-turned-multimedia-star initially ran into skeptics in the neighborhood, fearful that his plans for a sports field and basketball courts would create a nuisance or attract crime.

  1. WIBC-FM reporter Berman, 7 other Emmis employees lose jobs prior to sale of radio stations,” Aug. 10

Emmis Corp. on Wednesday said it dismissed eight employees in advance of a sale of the company’s Indianapolis radio stations to Urban One.

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