WATCH LIST: J. Razzo's

In mid-August, former Salvatore’s chef John Perazzo plans to open a traditional Italian restaurant in Carmel. The menu at J. Razzo's will include some dishes from Salvatore’s and highlights such as chicken veneto–chicken strips simmered in white wine, garlic, pistachios, artichoke hearts, and parsley.  

Fade to Black Market

Was it the backwards bicycle rickshaw parked by the front door that intrigued us the most? Or was it the dollop of slightly chunky peanut butter on the house pickle plate at Black Market (922 Massachusetts Ave., 822-6757), delicious but served without so much as a cracker for dipping or spreading, that made us go “hmm”? “People eat it all kinds of ways,” co-owner Ed Rudisell said from behind the bar, smiling. “We don’t dictate how customers

We Scream for Lick Ice Cream

Ice cream always hits the spot in the throes of summer. At the Broad Ripple Farmer’s Market, relief comes in the form of Lick Ice Cream, a gourmet stand started by Meredith Kong and Kelly Beerbower, two sisters with no culinary background but a knack for off-the-wall flavor combinations like Gorgonzola-Praline, Rosemary-Olive Oil, and Milk Chocolate with Honey Goat Cheese. (Traditionalists can order more mainstream f

Hot Dog!

King David Dogs (15 N. Pennsylvania St., 241-6224) will nearly triple its capacity when the hot dog hut moves half a mile away to a new M&I Plaza location in September. “This is going to get us a lot closer to a larger core group of people that won’t have to go as far for lunch,” says owner Brent Joseph, who plans to k

You Say You Want a Revolucion

Fountain Square's growing bar and dining scene just got a little edgier with the opening, on June 14, of Revolucion (1132 Prospect St., 423-9490), the latest funky enterprise of Fountain Square fixture David "Tufty" Clough. Altars to Our Lady of Guadalupe (though sadly with battery-operated candles), vibrant paintings of gun-slinging skeletons in sombreros (compliments of artist Shelby Kelley), and a tiki bar in the back all contribute to the rich atmosphere of this new cantin

Just Around the Corner

The old Gardener’s Market at the corner of Westfield Boulevard and 75th Street has packed up its Adirondacks and old-fashioned porch chairs for a move to Broad Ripple. But the transition of this local shop has provided local mother-daughter duo Laura and Olivia Huntley the opportunity they have been awaiting quite some time. “Our dream was to have a storefront, but we’re not city girls,” says Laura. When she and her 15-year-old daughter saw a “store clos

Swoon List: Five Things We Adore Right Now

1.    The Classic Poutine (fresh-cut French fries layered with gravy and local cheese curds) at Bloomington’s meatless gastro pub, The Owlery (212 S. Rogers St., 812-333-7344). 2.    The Whole Foods parking lot. 3.    Sweet potato chips on the late night menu at


Kevin Matalucci, longtime Broad Ripple Brewpub brewer, is teaming up with his wife, Tracy, to open Twenty Tap at 54th Street and College Avenue. The new taproom will feature, fittingly enough, 20 kinds of draft beer, including Sun King, Bloomington Brewing, and New Albanian. Matalucci, who has been in the brewing business for more than 17 years and has worked at Broad Ripple Brewpub for 18, plans to have the taproom open by early August.    

The Ripple Inn Gets a New Chef

The Ripple Inn (929 E. Westfield Blvd., 252-2600) will be shaking things up this month. The restaurant has hired native Hoosier Joseph Davey as its new executive chef. Davey previously worked at Chicago’s Alinea, which received a three-star ranking from Michelin last November. He is currently a ful

Ryan Nelson's Comeback

Seafood master and former head chef of the Oceanaire, Ryan Nelson is stepping up the dining ladder to open his own neighborly signature restaurant (with a working title of Northstar) at 8605 River Crossing Boulevard. Several staff members have been hired, and Nelson's team is making the final logistical touches before the big Oct. 1 reveal.