Tin Roof, a chain of live-music bars, is moving into the first floor of the Century Building at Pennsylvania and Maryland streets. The spot will offer live music most evenings but transform into more of a sports bar on game days. It is scheduled to open by the end of the year. The chain, which offers a full menu of better-than-"bar food" offerings, has six other locations including in Nashville, Tenn., Lexington, Ky. and Columbia, S.C.
Lorenzo's, a new Italian restaurant, is set to take over for downtown's Ambrosia Centro, which remains open. The new owner is Browning Investments and the restaurant will be managed by Detroit-area restaurant veteran Geoffrey Browning. The switch is scheduled for Oct. 1
Insomnia Cookies, a popular chain of bakery shops offering late-night delivery, has filed plans to open a shop in Broad Ripple. The shop will take 700 square feet at 809 Broad Ripple Ave. in the former home of an art gallery. Insomnia offer several types of fresh-baked cookies and cookie cakes, along with brownies and beverages.
BRU Burger Bar, a new casual burger concept from the parent company of Mesh, is taking over the former home of Elements at 415 N. Alabama St. The plans call for a new entrance on Mass Ave and a 700-square-foot addition along Alabama Street. An earlier post on the restaurant is here.
Tini, a hip new bar with a limited food menu, is planned for a small spot next door to Chatham Tap on Massachusetts Avenue. The night spot owned by Bradley Kime is taking a cozy 1,200 square feet.
Napolese, the gourmet pizza concept from Martha Hoover, is planning to open a location at 30 S. Meridian St. Hoover originally had planned a Petite Chou for part of the lobby of the former L.S. Ayres department store annex. The original Napolese is next door to the flagship Cafe Patachou at the corner of 49th and Pennsylvania streets.
Henry's Coffee Bistro is opening a new location downtown at 50 S. Meridian St., in the former home of Cafe Rene. The 300-square-foot shop is set to open Oct. 1. The homegrown chain has its flagship location along East Street just north of Massachusetts Avenue, along with a second location at Pennsylvania and Washington streets.
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.