The Lemon Bar restaurant in Zionsville meeting tart end

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Flatbread items have been part of the menu at The Lemon Bar in Zionsville. (IBJ file photo)

Citing staffing problems, The Flying Cupcake founder Kate Drury announced Saturday that she will close her Zionsville restaurant, The Lemon Bar, after serving the final customers on Feb. 13.

“Consistent staffing shortages prevent me from remaining open,” Drury wrote on the restaurant’s Facebook profile. “I adore  Zionsville and passionately (and painstakingly) renovated this old run down garage into a bright and inviting place with no regrets. We have had so many wonderful years here and I want to thank you for your business and constant support.”

The Lemon Bar opened in October 2017 in the abandoned garage at 95 E. Pine St. It’s currently open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Drury opened her first Flying Cupcake store in 2007. The cupcake retailer presently has five locations: three in Indianapolis, plus stores in Carmel and Greenwood.

In the Facebook post, Drury encouraged people to visit The Lemon Bar by Feb. 13 to sample menu items such as Chef Laney’s Brussels sprouts, chicken salad and eggs Benedict.

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18 thoughts on “The Lemon Bar restaurant in Zionsville meeting tart end

    1. No one is being sent Money since August or so Bob…. It is now February…

      You can’t keep perpetuating this fallacy when it is blatantly just not true. All the studies show people found better job with better pay and thus low paying jobs are no longer able to be filled as 1% of the workforce is dead, ~20% of working mothers have left the workforce, and teenagers are not filling these jobs as they have found other easier ways to make money or just simply are not working at the moment.

      Also, just to be clear, Trump actually sent more money to business and citizens than Biden has in the last 12 months (which lets be honest is not a ton completed by the current administration holistically)

      You can’t will fallacies into truth by saying them a bunch…

    2. You’re part of the problem Bob not the solution.… And by the way wrong in your assessment. So many like to politicize everything today and be a hammer to a nail on someone else’s opinion.There is a major economic/demographic shift that is affecting almost all industries in its ability to hire and retain employees.

    3. Bob may be a little off in his aim, but I would ask, do you think the unemployment office has caught up and is enforcing the requirements of collecting unemployment? How long are they allowing people to collect?

      They may not be offering the additional $300 but I am wondering if people are riding the standard unemployment train a bit longer than normally would be allowed.

  1. Bob, actual data reflects that the unemployment rate in January 2022 was the same as in January 2018, 4.0%, one year into each of the last two presidencies, for those keeping score at home.

    The “problem” is that the remaining Baby Boomers in the workforce have been retiring faster than expected (probably due to a combination of pandemic issues and gains in 401k accounts and housing values). This creates upward mobility for younger workers and a smaller workforce for lower-wage jobs.

    1. Funny thing, you economic geniuses, the fact remains that this overall problem simply didn’t exist under the Trump presidency. Period. EVERY fast-food restaurant, and I mean every one, has signs out for help wanted….often with wages starting at $15 / hour. Yeah, I know, I’m not suppose to believe what my eyes can see, right?

    2. Chris, keep in mind the unemployment rate does not count those who have quit looking for work. I think you are probably on to something when you talk about baby boomers retiring, but I think there is more to it. I think there are still many people who are afraid to work due to the virus or are just choosing not to. Maybe they’ve saved up, possibly their spouse makes enough. Whatever the reason I hope things level out and people get back to work.

    3. Bob, IBJ was running stories about businesses having trouble filling jobs 2-3 years ago. Prof. Hicks at Ball State has been pointing out for at least that long that employers were reporting “shortages of workers”.

      This isn’t a partisan issue. It’s demographics and economics. Indiana employers are paying wages well below the national median and we aren’t attracting workers from other states.

  2. Reality check!!!–Must Pay more!!! Or else!!! Those cheap days are over!!!! Indianapolis is a new city!!!! And you will pay as such going further!!! Watch!!!!! And learn…or just Watch!!!!

  3. A lot of times, business could be better if hours were different. I would love to eat there, but 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. doesn’t fit the schedules of very many people. Sad that it couldn’t work any longer, as I know that she put $$, time and effort into the idea.

  4. Dan is also onto to something – where would someone working at The Lemon bar live? These can’t be jobs for high school kids given the 10:00 am to 3:00 pm hours that are during the week. Time for Zionsville to embrace the need for real workforce housing.

  5. Thus is the risk opening up certain restaurant and retail in the ‘burbs. The people who live there don’t need the money and nobody’s driving there there for what amounts to gas money. Workforce housing is a good idea but doesn’t make sense to uproot when one gets the same or better deal in the city, and for some, a more congenial social experience.

    Your best bet is a family operated business or something easily managed by retirees.

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