Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant, an upscale chain based in Illinois, is taking the former home
of Bahama Breeze at 3815 E. 96th St., the company says on its website.The
space has been vacant since 2007, when Bahama Breeze closed, blaming a location without enough visibility. Cooper's Hawk
features a Napa-style tasting room with its own mix of wines. The wines inspired a menu including dishes such as blackened
blue steak salad and pistachio crusted grouper, along with a lineup of gluten-free options. The chain has four locations in
Pearl Street Pizza & Pub is taking space in the Century Building downtown around the corner from Coaches
Pub and O'Reilly's Irish Bar & Restaurant. The space has a Pennsylvania Street address but an entrance on Pearl
Street, which runs between Meridian and Pennsylvania streets. The owner is Charles Andrus, of Pearl Street Entertainment Group,
who previously had an interest in O'Reilly's.
Bluewaters Restaurant has filed plans for a 9,000-square-foot spot at 123 N. New Jersey St., across the
street from the Hudson condo development. The restaurant would be owned by Mo Hanif, who owns the nearby Citgo station and
has been trying for at least three years to develop a restaurant for the site. No confirmation yet that Bluewaters will serve
Caribbean food, as initially planned back in 2007.
Spice Fresh American Grill plans to open a 1,200-square-foot restaurant at 5436 W. 86th St., just east
of Tasty's Gift Factory and the Sybaris. The owner is Junita Singh of Greenwood.
Schouten is an Indianapolis native and Indiana University graduate who joined IBJ in 2006 after stints at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and the Arizona Republic. He covered the real estate beat for most of those years, and launched the Property Lines blog, before taking over as managing editor in March 2013.
Schouten has been honored for investigative and enterprise reporting by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the Alliance of Area Business Publications and the Society of Professional Journalists in Indianapolis. During his tenure as moderator of Property Lines, the blog was recognized twice as the best among business journals by the AAPB.
Schouten serves as secretary of the board of governors of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, and is set to serve as the organization's president in 2016. He is treasurer of the Indianapolis Press Club Foundation, and a board member of the Indianapolis Public Schools Education Foundation.
He lives in Butler Tarkington with his wife and two rescue dogs.