The Roost to take Sahm’s Ale House spot in Nora, offer breakfast-brunch

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Eddie Sahm, left, and Ed Sahm of Sahm's Restaurant Group. (IBJ file photo)

Sahm’s Ale House along the Monon Trail in Nora is receiving a makeover, with plans to emerge this spring as breakfast-and-brunch spot The Roost.

Sahm’s Restaurant Group has operated Sahm’s Ale House and its Big Lug Canteen brewery as compatible next-door neighbors at 86th Street and the Monon. COO Eddie Sahm said it’s time to break the redundancy of similar menus offered at the two restaurants.

While construction happens inside the former Ale House, signage encourages visitors to go to Big Lug for the same dining options and service from the same staff.

“The idea is, ‘We’re still open, you just don’t sit on this side. You sit on the Big Lug side,’” Sahm said. “It’s technically one operation. It just has two storefronts.”

With The Roost, which debuted as a Sahm’s concept in Fishers in 1996, changes in menu and hours of operation are on the way.

The Roost, expected to open by April 1 with hours of 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, will focus on egg and omelet selections as well as pancakes. In a departure from what’s available at The Roost in Fishers, Sahm said the Nora location will offer a breakfast pizza and a full English breakfast.

Sahm’s Ale House in Carmel will remain open. “We like the concept,” Sahm said, “just not right next door to our brewery.”

Founded by Sahm’s father, Ed Sahm, the Sahm’s Restaurant Group is made up of 13 restaurants and a catering business.

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8 thoughts on “The Roost to take Sahm’s Ale House spot in Nora, offer breakfast-brunch

  1. Yeah, thought the current two spots were redundant. This is better and Im sure the food/service will be great like all Sahm restaurants. I’m just not sure a breakfast/brunch place will take full advantage of their front row seat to the Monon

  2. I have always liked Big Lug and have enjoyed a few of the other Sahm’s properties as well but was always confused by the Ale House. Like, I guess it really was a different restaurant? Anyway this breakfast place sounds good!

  3. Fantastic news! We love the Sahm’s restaurants and Nora has needed a good breakfast/brunch location forever. Sahm’s will surely deliver with a wonderful option right on the Monon.

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