Roundup: Nature's Table, Coffee Zon opening in Market Tower

May 2, 2019

Strap in, friends: This week’s Property Lines has news of 11 different restaurants and retail outlets opening (and closing) around town.

First up is Indianapolis-based CC Holdings Restaurant Group, which plans to open a dual-branded Nature’s Table restaurant and Fuzion by Coffee Zon coffee shop on the ground floor of Market Tower, at 10 W. Market St. downtown.

The 1,750-square-foot space should be up and running in July, said CC Holdings’ majority owner, Kim Hendren. “We have really high expectations for the café,” she said.

CC Holdings owns and operates restaurants under the Nature’s Table, Coffee Zon, Au Bon Pain, Granite City Brewery and Copper Moon Coffee brands. Founded in 1992, CC Holdings now has 30 locations—mostly in the Indianapolis area but also in Cincinnati and Louisville—and most are in corporate settings such as hospitals and office buildings.

Nature’s Table is a quick-service restaurant chain that offers sandwiches, salads, soups, smoothies and other options, with an emphasis on healthy options. 

Based in Orlando, Florida, the company opened its first store in 1977. Most of its 70-plus restaurants are in Florida, but it also has outposts in Cincinnati; Atlanta; Oklahoma City; Austin, Texas; and Englewood, Colorado. 

CC Holdings, which became a Nature’s Table franchisee in 2013, operates the restaurants at IU Health’s Riley Hospital; St. Vincent Carmel; the Irsay Family YMCA; Indianapolis International Airport; and the University of Cincinnati Hospital.

Coffee Zon, a play on the phrase “coffee’s on,” is a concept wholly owned by CC Holdings. Hendren describes Coffee Zon as a “third wave” coffee shop where customers can choose from different brewing techniques—from traditional drip coffee to pour-over brewing to siphon coffee, a method that uses vacuum pressure. Coffee beans come from a variety of Indiana roasters, including Tinker Coffee Co., Hubbard & Cravens and Copper Moon Coffee. CC Holdings operates several Coffee Zon locations, including multiple sites at both Eli Lilly and Co.’s corporate campus and the Indiana Government Center. 

In other news this week:

Pier 48 Fish House & Oyster Bar is set to open in August in a 6,577-square-foot space on South Pennsylvania Street across the street from Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The restaurant is connected to the 316-room Hyatt Place/Hyatt House hotel that opened in March. IBJ first reported in December that the restaurant had signed its lease, but no opening date was announced then.

Restaurateur and former National Hockey League player Fred Knipcheer created the Pier 48 concept. Knipcheer was previously managing partner of Salt on Mass in Indianapolis and Prime 47 Steakhouse in Carmel.

Pier 48 is also expected to open this fall at The Yard at Fishers District.

— New Jersey-based Honor Yoga has signed an agreement with Travis and Stephanie Ewing of Fishers to open three studios in the Indianapolis area. The Ewings have not selected locations but are considering sites in Fishers, Noblesville, Carmel and Westfield. 

Founded in 2013, Honor Yoga began franchising in 2016. The company has 10 New Jersey studios, with another 25 locations in various stages of development in seven states.

— A new restaurant, Century Café, has opened at Washington Square Mall. Owners are Neil McMonigle and Zane Gregg. The café, which opened in mid-March, has taken over two spaces totaling just over 1,200 square feet that were formerly occupied by a coffee shop and book store.

Fundae’s Ice Cream & Sweets will open its second location this month, in a 1,500-square-foot spot at 1525 Main St. in Speedway. The business, owned by the husband/wife team of Donny and Kas Miller, opened its first location in March 2018 at 7165 Whitestown Parkway in Whitestown.

Launching Station, a veteran-owned retailer that opened its first store last fall at Hamilton Town Center in Noblesville, is set to open a second one in mid-May at the Clay Terrace development in Carmel. The shop sells clothing, accessories, coffee and other items, all from veteran-owned companies. Owners are Michelle and Nathan Press. Nathan Press has served in the Army for the past 16 years—13 years in active duty and now in the Army Reserve.

Rogers & Hollands, a family-owned jewelry store chain based in Matteson, Illinois, opened at Castleton Square Mall on Saturday. The store plans a grand opening on May 11. This is the company’s second store in the Indianapolis area, joining one at Greenwood Park Mall. The company has 78 stores operating under the Rogers & Hollands and Ashcroft & Oak names in the Midwest, South and Mid-Atlantic.

— A  McAlister’s Deli is coming to 2378 N. Morton St. in Franklin. It will be operated by Southern Rock Restaurants. David Rock, Southern Rock’s CEO, said he’s hoping to open the Franklin site between November and March, depending on permitting and construction scheduling.

McAlister’s, which is based in Oxford, Mississippi, has more than 400 locations in 28 states, including more than a dozen stores in Indianapolis, Greenwood, Plainfield, Brownsburg, Carmel, Fishers and Whitestown.

Finally, a couple of closings to note:

— Indianapolis-based Royal Pin Entertainment will close its Southern Bowl bowling alley, at 1010 U.S. 31 in Greenwood, on June 3. Royal Pin had been considering making renovations and improvements to the facility to add additional entertainment options there. But the company said it couldn’t make the numbers work. 

“Southern Bowl evaluated scaling back the scope of the initial project, which would also scale back the revenues and potential profits, but the future return on the investment still did not warrant the project going forward,” the company said in a letter sent to Southern Bowl customers last month.

Royal Pin’s three other facilities, on East 96th Street, Elmwood Avenue and West Washington Street, will remain open.

Speck’s Pet Supplies closed its North Willow store at 1472 W. 86th St. on April 27. It was the only one of the chain’s local stores to close, according to a person who answered the phone at the store Wednesday. Speck’s, which opened its first store in Avon in 1990, now has 10 locations in Avon, Brownsburg, Carmel, Columbus, Fishers, Greenfield, Indianapolis, Plainfield and Westfield.


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