Sunday, November 4, 2007

Development: Canal Food Quicky


I'm still trying to rebound (in many ways) from ND's stunning upset loss to Navy yesterday -- is a 4-4 team beating a 1-7 really an upset? -- so forgive me this short post today. The lone bright spot of the game? Tony Rice walked into the South Bend restaurant where I was watching the game and chatted with my table for about 5 minutes. I even got to shake his ridiculously large hand! (ND fans will understand why this meeting was a big deal.)

Anyway, here are a couple quick updates about canal food options:

  • Buggs Temple reviews are starting to pop up. Feed Me/Drink Me has reviewed the Tavern at the Temple while the Indianapolis Business Journal reviewed The Grille.
  • Hoaglin to Go at the Stardust Terrace (Indiana History Center) recently started offering a limited breakfast menu. This location has always seemed like a golden opportunity to offer Sunday brunch -- particularly during the summer -- so hopefully the weekday breakfast goes well and they expand things.
  • A large dumpster recently appeared outside the former Payton's Place, indicating that we're likely to see a lot more than a slap-some-paint-up-and-rename-it kind of reopening.
  • The Cosmopolitan, a 4-story mixed-use development at the corner of Senate and Michigan, will finally break ground later this month. The project, originally announced almost 11 months ago, will include 218 apartments, 18,000 sq.ft. of retail space along Michigan and Senate as well as 2,000 sq.ft. at canal-level. That space will extend off the canal, configured around a central plaza with a fountain. The developers envision it being used for a pub or coffee shop.

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