An institution in Broad Ripple’s restaurant and night life scene is picking up stakes—and moving across the street.
The owners of Union Jack Pub, located at 924 Broad Ripple Ave. for more than 40 years, announced Thursday that they had purchased 921 Broad Ripple Ave. and planned to relocate the restaurant there.
“We finally get an enormous patio for loads of outdoor seating!” said Jay and Chelsey Wetzel on a Facebook post. “The inside space is dark and cozy and we promise to make it feel like home.”
The move is expected to take place in late fall. Union Jack will remain open in its current location with minimal disruption until then, the Wetzels said.
“At the end of the day, what makes UJP … UJP … isn’t the space we are in. It’s the people. The food. The drinks. Soccer on a weekend morning. A birthday dinner. An engagement. These things are our heart and soul and we will carry them with us wherever we go,” the Wetzels said.
The building at 921 Broad Ripple Ave. has seen a lot of tenant turnover recently. It was the home of tapas spot Sabbatical until July 2015. Hibachi Bar Japanese Steak House opened there in fall 2016. It’s unclear exactly when it closed, but its last Facebook post was in February 2017. Next up was Crab General, which closed in 2019.
The Asian fusion restaurant Seraphim Asian Grill opened in mid-2020 but quickly succumbed to the weak traffic due to the pandemic.
The Wetzels bought Union Jack in 2013. The 5,000-square-foot Broad Ripple site has two kitchens, 22 taps, a family dining room and a bar area with a combined occupancy of 160 patrons.
They recently opened a second Union Jack at 110 S. Union St. in Westfield.