» Greenfield’s The Mug, famous for its enormous, crispy pork tenderloin sandwiches, opened a second location in Irvington last week at 118 S. Audubon St. The buttermilk-brined pork is sourced locally from sister business Tyner Pond Farm.
» Downtown breakfast and lunch favorite City Cafe closed suddenly last week after 17 years in business. Owner and chef Brad Royal announced on the restaurant’s Facebook page that a chronic back injury is the reason for the closure. Royal said he hopes to reopen in about a year.
» The Shapiro’s Delicatessen brand is heading to Ohio. According the the Indianapolis Business Journal, the company licensed its name and concept to an unnamed restaurant in Blue Ash, a northeast suburb of Cincinnati. This will be the fourth Shapiro’s location, joining the original one downtown, with offshoots at the Fashion Mall and Indianapolis International Airport.
» The Lit Moose is now open at The Village of West Clay in the space previously occupied by Pizzology. The upscale burger restaurant is from the team behind Carmel’s Coalition pizzeria.
» Get your coffee buzz on during the Caffeine Crawl Oct. 14–15. Five routes cover more than 12 coffee, tea, and bakery businesses around town. Tickets start at $25.
» Football season just got a little more economical at The North End BBQ & Moonshine. Kids under 12 eat free on Sundays during NFL season. One child eats free with every adult entrée purchase.
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» Four local chefs are heading to New York City on December 2 to cook at the world-famous James Beard House. According to the Indianapolis Star, Abbi Merriss (Bluebeard), Alan Sternberg (Cerulean), Craig Baker (The Local Eatery & Pub, Bent Rail Brewery, Plow & Anchor), and Pat Niebling (Three Floyds Brewing Co.) will prepare a meal that represents the state, giving Big Apple food writers and enthusiasts a chance to see what Indiana has to offer the national culinary scene. This is the second time this year that Chef’s Night Off founder R.J. Wall has organized a trip to the historic Beard House.