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Vogue owner’s bankruptcy may force sale of venue

A mix of business and personal woes have pushed Steven Carter Ross, the longtime owner and manager of the Vogue nightclub,
into personal bankruptcy. Now a judge must decide whether Ross can keep the popular Broad Ripple music venue, or if he must
sell it to satisfy his creditors and his estranged wife.

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Conrad Indianapolis adding wine bar, sidewalk dining

Plans are in the works for a wine bar called Tastings that would take the first-floor corner space at the Conrad Indianapolis.
The $1 million project would add an entrance to the luxury hotel at the northeast corner of Washington
and Illinois streets and include a total of 80 outdoor seats along both streets, in the shadow of the
Artsgarden.

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Clean air strategy: Some nightspots opt to tighten smoking rules

Coaches Tavern, MacNiven’s Restaurant and Bar, and The Jazz Kitchen are among Indianapolis bars that recently limited or banned
smoking. Those establishments join a short list of bars that already buck the trend in Indianapolis. Smoking in public places,
including restaurants, has been banned in Marion County since 2006, but it’s still OK to puff away in places that don’t admit
minors.

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Remove barriers to lower costs

By preserving residency as a condition to distribute booze, our Legislature is protecting Indiana’s existing liquor distributors, many of whom do business in neighboring states like Illinois and Michigan. This antiquated standard is anti-competitive and ultimately means higher prices and reduced selection for Indiana residents.

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Franklin ban snuffs out smoking

Tavern owners in Franklin will mothball their ashtrays next month following the passage of a smoking ban May 4. City councilors
voted 6-1 to make the ban one of the most restrictive in the state.

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Brugge Brasserie gastro-pub to produce line of 10 beers

Since mid-2005, Brugge Brasserie’s beer tanks have been operating at full capacity–pouring out 400 barrels of its signature
Belgian brew each year. Now the Broad Ripple gastro-pub is aiming higher. Brugge owner Ted Miller is set to start producing
a line of 10 bottled beers–plus seasonal specialties.

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Blue Crew Sports Grill beating the odds

Being an Indianapolis Colts fan doesn’t mean you will necessarily succeed at running a Colts-themed restaurant, but Blue Crew
Sports Grill owners Randy Collins, Dan Dilbeck and Everett Myers aren’t ordinary fans. They are three pillars on which one
of the National Football League’s biggest fan clubs has been built.

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