Urban Element Cafe & Lounge has reopened under new ownership. The restaurant at 901 N. Pennsylvania St. has a new look and is now open daily for lunch, according to a Facebook announcement from new proprietor and recent Purdue graduate Mike Higbee.
IHOP is planning a new restaurant near Interstate 69 and 96th Street in Fishers. The 4,594-square-foot restaurant will be built along North by Northeast Boulevard. The IHOP chain, part of California-based DineEquity Inc., has two Indianapolis-area restaurants.
Lover's Lane plans to open a new location in a former tanning salon next to a south-side Walmart. The adult-oriented retailer is taking 3,000 square feet at 7225 U.S. 31 South, The Michigan-based chain already has a location at 6038 E. 82nd St., across from Castleton Square Mall.
Little Caesars is opening new restaurants at 1264 W. 86th St., just east of Ditch Road, and at 4477 E. 10th St., the former home of a cash-advance shop. The restaurants, owned by separate franchisees, will take about 1,400 square feet.
Jets Pizza plans to take about 1,650 square feet in the Willow Lake Shopping Center at the northwest corner of 86th Street and Township Line Road. The Michigan-based chain already has locations in Greenwood, at 954 N. SR 135, and Carmel, at 2764 E. 146th St.
Donatos plans to open a new location at the Greenwood Place Shopping Center at 7683 Shelby St.
Taco Bell plans to build a new store at the former home of Mark Pi's China Gate at 1439 E. 86th St. The 2,855-square-foot restaurant will be owned by locally based franchisee Southern Bells Inc.
ShopKomen, featuring Susan G. Komen for the Cure apparel and gifts, has opened on the second floor of Circle Centre near Carson Pirie Scott. Shop operator MainGate Inc. will give a portion of sales for breast cancer research.
Francesca’s Collections, a women's fashion retailer based in Houston, plans to open its third area store at Circle Centre mall in March in a spot near Nordstrom. The chain has boutiques at Castleton Square and at Clay Terrace.
Studio 49, an exercise facility, is slated to open in a vacant space near Cafe Patachou at 4913 Pennsylvania St. A filing shows the new gym will take about 1,800 square feet.
Clay Oven, a restaurant, has filed plans to take 1,774 square feet in Southport Centre, a Walmart-anchored shopping center between U.S. 31 South and Shelby Street.
GNC plans to build a new 1,800-square-foot store outside Greenwood Park mall. The Pittsburgh-based chain's nearest location is at 7863 Shelby St.
Music Mill has closed again. The restaurant and concert venue went out of business twice in 2009, only to reopen with new owners. A Broadbent Co. subsidiary that owns the 15,000-square-foot building at 3720 E. 82nd St. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in October. Broadbent has listed the building as available for sale or lease. UPDATE: The space is available for special events and corporate outings, but the concert venue and restaurant remain closed.
Have a Nice Day Cafe, the nightlife standby at at 225 S. Meridian St., has closed. No word yet on a replacement.
Santorini Greek Kitchen, at 1417 E. Prospect St. in Fountain Square, has reopened after a fire.
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.