Introducing: Geraldine’s Supper Club & Lounge

If the year were 1975 and a young Dan Jarman were out to dinner with his parents at the Vesper Club in Philadelphia, he would be sipping a Shirley Temple. Swap it out for a gimlet, and you have the throwback joint Jarman opened in October at the corner of English Avenue and Shelby Street as an homage to the classy dinner spots of his youth. Named for his mother, some of whose recipes show up on the menu, Geraldine’s Supper Club & Lounge is a sophisticated departure for the Fat Dan’s Deli owner, known for his Chicago dogs and dirty tots. But from thick-cut steaks to vintage church lights, Jarman has brought the soul of a midcentury supper club to life.

Geraldine’s Supper Club & Lounge
1101 English Ave., 317-600-3336

A graduate of IU’s Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing, Terry Kirts hails from a town in Illinois so small it didn’t have a restaurant until he was in the 8th grade. Since 2000, he’s more than made up for the dearth of eateries in his childhood, logging hundreds of meals as the dining critic for WHERE Indianapolis, Indianapolis Woman, and NUVO before joining Indianapolis Monthly as a contributing editor in 2007. A senior lecturer in creative writing at IUPUI, Terry has published his poetry and creative nonfiction in a number of literary journals and anthologies, including Gastronomica, Alimentum, and Home Again: Essays and Memoirs from Indiana, and he’s the author of the poetry collection To the Refrigerator Gods, published by Seven Kitchens Press in 2011.