Which Wich Superior Sandwiches has signed on as a first-floor tenant of The Avenue, the Buckingham Cos. apartment development at 10th Street and Indiana Avenue adjacent to the IUPUI campus (rendering shown). The Dallas-based restaurant chain is taking 2,150 square feet in the newly constructed building. The Indianapolis market has been on the Which Wich target list at least since 2008, when Property Lines first reported the chain's interest in opening 10 new local restaurants.
Wolfies Grill, a woodsy themed sports bar chain with locations in Noblesville and Fishers, is planning a new restaurant in Carmel. The restaurant and bar is taking 4,700 square feet in the Merchants Square shopping center, just around the corner from MCL Cafeteria & Bakery.
Orange Leaf, the frozen yogurt shop, is opening a new location on the south side. The Oklahoma City-based chain is taking about 2,000 square feet at 6845 Bluff Road, just north of Southport Road. The chain already has locations in Carmel and Fishers and is looking to open several more.
Yo Joy, an independent frozen-yogurt shop, is planned for 2,300 square feet in Carmel at 9873 N. Michigan Road, in front of a Home Depot. The self-serve shop is scheduled to open in December.
Black Acre Brewing Co. has filed plans to take about 2,400 square feet at 5632 East Washington St. The brewery and tasting room is planned for the same retail building that's home to Jockamo Pizza and Legend Classic Cafe. IBJ first reported on the plans in July.
Kobayashi Sushi and Asian Kitchen is taking a former Noble Roman's in Noblesville that most recently was home to Dick's Bodacious Bar-B-Q. The 3,400-square-foot restaurant is on Greenfield Avenue, just west of Ind. 37.
Firehouse Subs has filed plans to open a new restaurant in a Walmart-anchored center in Beech Grove. The restaurant is taking 1,800 square feet in the center along Emerson Avenue just south of Interstate 465. The Florida-based chain already has restaurants near 86th Street and Michigan Avenue and in Avon, Noblesville and Plainfield.
Za Pizzeria in Broad Ripple is expanding, taking former office space on the second floor of its building at 801 Broad Ripple Ave. The project will add about 1,400 square feet of dining spot to the tiny restaurant. An earlier post is here.
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.