California Pizza Kitchen plans to replace Alcatraz Brewing Co. on the first floor of Circle Centre mall. Alcatraz has occupied the space at the southeast corner of Illinois and Maryland streets since the mall opened in 1995. The Los Angeles-based publicly traded restaurant company California Pizza Kitchen, founded by attorneys Rick Rosenfield and Larry Flax in 1985, has more than 265 restaurants in 32 states and 10 foreign countries. It does not currently have any restaurants in Indiana.
Donatello’s Italian Restaurant, an intimate spot operated by the former proprietors of Arturo’s, has opened in Carmel’s Arts & Design District at 9 W. Main St. The owners are B. Patrick and Beth Aasen and their son Adam.
Chile Verde has taken 3,600 square feet at 8345 Pendleton Pike. The owner is Jose “Pepe” Cuevas, who also owns a Chile Verde location at 7369 N. Shadeland Ave.
DePalma's, a homegrown Italian restaurant, has opened at 7410 E. Washington St., in a former Pizza Hut. The owners are mother-daughter team Janet and Gina Bozzelli.
Hue, a new restaurant and lounge, has opened in the former home of Taste of Tango at Washington and Pennsylvania streets. An earlier post is here.
Sweet Tooth Bakery, which specializes in custom cakes, has opened a retail shop along Massachusetts Avenue just east of College Avenue. Owner Jennifer Taylor is offering all cupcakes for $1 every Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m.
CiCi's Pizza Buffet has closed its location on West 38th Street. The Coppell, Tex.-based chain still operates three other local restaurants.
Quizno's has closed its restaurant on Monument Circle, but fans of the subs still have other local options. The Denver-based chain still has eight Indianapolis restaurants.
Gelato Da Vinci Bistro has closed its location at Clay Terrace in Carmel. The restaurant continues to operate on the lower level of St. Vincent Carmel Hospital.
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.