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MCL spending $1M to freshen its image

After 12 months of market research, MCL cafeterias discovered younger folks and families aren’t familiar with the taste of
the Mayfield’s Value Plate or the Noon Special. So the company has launched a $1 million campaign to reposition its brand.

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Scotty’s looking downtown

Scotty’s Brewhouse, the Indiana college town institution, is working on plans for new restaurants in downtown Indianapolis, Chicago and Charlotte, N.C. The restaurant would like to locate at Pan Am Plaza, said…

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Simon defending Fashion Mall turf

At least one local broker thinks Simon’s plans to expand the Fashion Mall are a competitive jab at Premier Properties, which is planning a mixed-use development called Venu southwest of the intersection of…

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Here comes Spicy Pickle!

A Denver restaurant chain named for the pickles that come on every plate wants to open 10 locations in central Indiana. The 31-restaurant chain plans to begin construction on its first location…

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Five Guys has big Indy plans

Five Guys Famous Burgers and Fries has filed plans for a new restaurant near Greenwood and is looking for 10 more locations in Marion County. The chain also is preparing to open…

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Around town retail roundup

Several new stores and restaurants have filed plans to open locations all over the city. Wherever you live, chances are there’s something coming nearby. North: The area’s first location for salad-focused Tossed…

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Red Robin, Red Robin …

Colorado-based burger chain Red Robin is entering the Indianapolis market in a big way starting later this month. The chain plans to open its first location in Plainfield on June 18. It…

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D’vine move clears way for big project

Premier Properties has taken another step toward its ambitious plan for Woodfield Crossing. The company has a deal to relocate D’vine A Wine Bar from an existing retail building on the Woodfield property to another building it owns.

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Cheesecake heads South

The decision by Cheesecake Factory to open its second Indianapolis restaurant on the south side seems to validate the consensus among brokers that the area has been underserved by restaurants. The California-based…

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North side retail nuggets

A new Yats restaurant has opened in Fishers, at 8352 E. 96th St. The Cajun and Creole favorite is next door to a Blockbuster half a mile east of Interstate 69. The locally owned restaurant also has locations on College…

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What you crave

Never fear, White Castle fans. The downtown location at 16th and Illinois streets, which is closed and surrounded by a fence, apparently will soon serve sliders again in a shiny new White Castle building with nicer landscaping. Changes are coming…

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St. Elmo spinoff, Harry & Izzy’s, could go national

Harry & Izzy’s, a spinoff to St. Elmo Steak House slated to open in mid-April at Circle Centre mall, is the city’s most anticipated
new restaurant in years–a casual cousin to St. Elmo,
with lunch service and a wider menu, including salads, pastas and pizzas, along with standbys like the famous shrimp cocktail.

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Starbucks pours it on in Indiana

Over the last seven years, Starbucks has inundated virtually every corner of the Hoosier landscape. And the company has no
plans to slow down. Several Indiana towns–from Gas City to Angola, Batesville to Bluffton–will get their first Starbucks
in 2007.

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