Open and on-the-way at Fishers District

The number of retail and dining offerings that have opened, or are opening, in the Fishers District before the end of the year has officially hit double digits.

Thompson Thrift Retail Group’s $110 million, 17-acre culinary district nearing completion at the southeast corner of 116th Street and IKEA Way will house more than 30 retail and dining storefronts ranging from 1,000 square feet to Sun King’s 13,500.

Here’s a list of who’s open and who’s on the way:


Massage Heights opened its third Indiana location in the Fishers District on Oct. 31. The San Antonio, Texas-based franchise has nearly 130 stores across 20 states, with locations in Carmel and Indianapolis.

— Cunningham Restaurant Group’s second location for Rize, a farm-to-table joint open for lunch and dinner, opened Nov. 11. The 130-seat restaurant maintains the concept Cunningham introduced at Indianapolis’ boutique Ironworks Hotel at 2721 E 86th St. in 2017.

— The fifth Tropical Smoothie Café location in Indiana, one of 860 stores across the nation, opened Nov. 15, and an adjacent Verizon Wireless store opened about a week later.

— Kincaid’s Meat Market opened its second, full-service butcher shop and meat market in the district on Nov. 18, almost a century after L.E. Kincaid & Sons started on the north side of Indianapolis in 1921.

— One of Indianapolis-based Huse Culinary’s two restaurants in the project, the 1933 Lounge, opened Wednesday. The Fishers District location offers steaks, seafood and sandwiches in addition to the cocktails—of the shrimp and alcoholic varities—already available on the second floor of St. Elmo Steakhouse in downtown Indianapolis. Another Huse property, HC Tavern and Kitchen, will occupy one of the district’s two outbuildings. The upscale American fare restaurant, reminiscent of Huse’s Harry & Izzys, is scheduled to open sometime during the first quarter of 2020.


— California-based indoor cycling studio CycleBar will open its third Indiana location in the district on December 18.

— The 211-room, dual-branded Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotel on the south side of the district will offer guests one-night or extended stay options in the district starting Dec. 19.

— The fourth location of Ohio-based 101 Beer Kitchen—the first in Indiana—will open in the Fishers District on Dec. 16. The gastropub serves seasonal items, soups, salads, pizza and burgers alongside 20 beer taps.

— Rise’n Roll—a Middlebury, Indiana-based Amish bakery with 10 northern Indiana and one Indianapolis location—will bring its specialty donuts and other baked goods to the district on Dec. 20.

Coming soon

— Blue Peppermint Boutique is moving from a mint-green building at 8936 South St. in Fishers to its new location within the Fishers District by January, according to the women’s shoes and apparel store website.

— The Mark—a mixed-use development with 252 apartments and an interior, three-story parking garage—will house nearly a third of the district’s 105,000-square-feet of retail space in its first floor. Thompson Thrift’s multifamily housing division, Watermark Residential, expects residential tenants to start signing leases in February to move-in as soon as April.

Commercial tenants who have committed to leasing space in The Mark include: PetPeople, Cell Phone Repair, The Hot Room yoga studio, an unnamed sushi restaurant, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Salon and Epic Interval Training. Indianapolis-based Pier 48 Fish House & Oyster Bar and Nicey Treat, as well as a fast-casual eatery called Bibibop Asian Grill, are also expected to move into The Mark sometime in the spring.

Beyond The Mark, several dining and entertainment options will also open in either January or February. Those include north-side Italian restaurant Sangiovese, Havana Cigar Lounge cigar and whiskey public house, and Sun King’s specialty production craft brewery and tap room.

Fishers Test Kitchen & The Signature Table, a restaurant accelerator and culinary event space developed by the city of Fishers and Launch Fishers, is slated to accompany Sun King sometime in the spring.


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14 thoughts on “Open and on-the-way at Fishers District

    1. I dont fully understand the context of the repeating pizza posts but they crack me up every time I see them in the comment section.

  1. Is it The Yard? or Fishers District? Are they quietly trying to rebrand it so people don’t notice that it’s nothing like The Yard was advertised on the outset?

    1. It looks like they have dropped “The Yard” for nearly all of their marketing materials. “The Yard” seems to just refer to the test kitchen area of the property. It does sadly appear to have devolved into a pretty basic strip mall set up with one small yard-plaza that looks no better than the Sun King in Carmel. Not sure what will set this apart.

    2. It is “The Yard at Fishers District” which is branded across all of their digital media. The Yard is simply an area of the Fishers District (first full phase of development which includes an actual centrally located “yard.” This branding technique will further be justified with anticipated development expansion.

  2. A really beautiful development with 10+ new dining options, high end bars a Sun King brewery with a rooftop overlooking a plaza opens up and people are here complaining that it’s not good enough. You guys must be a joy to be around.

    1. Does this include the smoothie place, the ice cream pops place, the place that only serves breakfast, and Portillo’s, “you guys”? I’m dying here! Lol

    1. You’re clearly folks who find the negatives in everything. You would complain about this project no matter the grandeur. The non-grouchy folks I talk to about the project are very excited and cannot wait to try out the myriad new dining options.

    2. This project is far from a strip mall. It is unfortunate some people cannot see how positive this will be for our city!

  3. “I’ve got an idea …(Here, hold my beer) … Let’s build a huge strip mall and hotel complex right next to an always-crowded Ikea … we can market it as the ultimate destination” … when it really will be an ultimate traffic nightmare for those who happen to live or travel through that area!

    1. I live in the area and have not seen a single problem! They have created dedicating turning lanes to ensure traffic flow stays constant outside of the normal every day traffic that has been for many years!

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