The Feed: Beholder, Jack’s Donuts, And More
This week’s trends in Indy dining.
» Eater.com has its eyes on Indy. The online food-and-drink authority puts Beholder, the upcoming dinner spot from Milktooth’s Jonathan Brooks, on its fall list of the 16 Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings in the country. Eater playfully refers to Beholder (1844 E. 10th St.) as “The Restaurant That Just Wants You to Have a Good Time,” and quotes Brooks as saying, “We want people to feel sexy and comfortable in the space.” In a broader round-up of anticipated fall openings, Eater also name-checks Crispy Bird (115 E. 49th St.), the new restaurant from Patachou, Inc., with David Hoover at the helm (currently turning out fancy burgers and eye-popping crudités at Bar One Fourteen).
» 22nd Street Diner (2205 N. Delaware St.) is launching a morning coffee-and-bread service this week. Beginning August 30, you can grab an espresso drink and croissant (or muffin or cinnamon roll or gluten-free shortbread) at the takeaway window from 7 a.m.–2:30 p.m., or order it inside and eat there. Christine Taylor is new to the 22nd Street team, and makes the pastries in-house.
» Tickets are on sale now for the Irvington BrewFest, part of the annual Our Lady of Lourdes Fall Festival (30 S. Downey Ave.) on September 23. A $20 ticket gets you unlimited samples from local breweries including Black Acre Brewing Co., Sun King Brewery, Ash & Elm Cider Co., St. Joseph Brewery & Public House, Metazoa Brewing Co., Bier Brewery, and Fountain Square Brewing Co. There will also be food trucks on site, and music from local cover band Audio Diner.
» Jack’s Donuts is going national. CEO Lee Marcum announced that Utah will be the first state outside of Indiana to get its own Jack’s Donuts location. Residents of South Jordan, a suburb just south of Salt Lake City, can expect a grand opening before the end of 2017.
» Fort Wayne confectioner DeBrand Fine Chocolates is coming back to the Circle City this fall, nearly a decade after closing its only Indianapolis location. The Indianapolis Business Journal reports that DeBrand owner Cathy Brand-Beere and her husband, Tim, are partnering with local residents Bill and Lori Sonner to open a chocolate shop and sundae bar in the former home of Aronstam Fine Jewelers (8685 River Crossing Blvd.).
» Books & Brews continues its rapid expansion locally. The Indiana-based bookseller recently opened location No. 3 in Brownsburg (1551 N. Green St.), with Carmel (61 W. City Center Dr.) and Muncie (2100 White River Blvd.) on deck.