By Jordan Moore
On behalf of the JW Marriott Hotel
Summer-time Indy visitors will find fun and relaxation at The Tavern on the Plaza, JW Marriott’s outdoor patio in downtown Indianapolis, located on the hotel’s northwest corner. The Tavern of the Plaza opened for the summer yesterday, featuring live music and great food.
The live music will be featured on Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. by local artists including acoustic rock, blues and rat pack era tunes. Guests will also enjoy al fresco dining with great cocktails and Italian favorites offered by Master Chef Rino Baglio of Osteria Pronto.
The JW Marriott Hotel is located at 10 South West Street in downtown Indianapolis, in between Victory Field and the Eiteljorg Museum. The patio is open Thu and Sun 5-10 p.m. and Fri/Sat 5-11 p.m. For more information, visit http://jwindy.com/, or call 317-860-5800.
By Ken Kosky
Indiana Dunes Tourism
The official 2013 Indiana Dunes Country Activities Guide, which is a comprehensive guide to Porter County’s attractions, restaurants, hotels and more, is now available.
The free guide, produced by Indiana Dunes Tourism, the official tourism bureau of Porter County, is being distributed to potential visitors in an effort to get them to visit and spend their dollars in the local communities. Local residents are also welcome to pick up a copy at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, located at 1215 N. State Road 49 in Porter.
Indiana Dunes Tourism Executive Director Lorelei Weimer said the Activities Guide is a valuable tool that visitors and residents can use to find fun things to do in each community.
“The Activities Guide gives families plenty of ideas for great attractions, museums, restaurants and more to visit throughout Porter County,” Weimer said.
The guide features listings for Indiana Dunes beaches and hiking trails, theaters, and places for family fun like the new Seven Peaks Waterpark Duneland and Taltree Arboretum Railway Garden.
In addition, the guide lists places to enjoy fishing, kayaking and birding. The guide also has listings for golfing, day spas, art galleries and antique shopping. It also directs people to places for sporting fun like disc golf and indoor fun like bowling. It’s even got sections devoted to summer farmer’s markets and winter recreation.
The guide’s hotel listings and restaurant listings feature new places that people might not know have opened, like Tomato Bar Pizza Bakery in Valparaiso and Texas Roadhouse in Portage.
This year’s guide features articles about businesses like Bass Pro Shops and the Rolling Stonebaker pizza truck.
Weimer hopes area residents will use the guide to explore Porter County or to find great things to do with friends and family members from out of town. While the guide is a useful resource to local residents, it is designed to encourage potential visitors to choose Porter County as a destination and then extend their stays by letting them know all there is to do in our communities.
The 68-page guide features a cover with photos the Indiana Dunes, shopping, dining and recreation.
Weimer encourages people to call the Visitor Center at 219-926-2255 if they have any questions or if they would like to request a guide. People can also visit www.IndianaDunes.com/destination-guides to view or download any of Indiana Dunes Tourism’s guides electronically.
By Megan Wallace
Qdoba Mexican Grill
Qdoba Mexican Grill®, the fast-casual restaurant concept known for its fresh, quality ingredients and innovative Mexican fare, announces the addition of two new restaurants in the Indianapolis area. Both restaurants are slated to open this April.
The first new Qdoba location will open its doors in City Way at 233 Delaware Street today, April 8, 2013. Just one week later, on April 15, a second restaurant will open in Southern Plaza at 4200 S. East Street. The new restaurants will mark the 21st and 22nd locations in Indianapolis, and will bring the number of statewide locations to 35.
To celebrate the April 8 grand opening at 233 Delaware Street, Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee will join Qdoba at 10:30 a.m. for the Ceremonial First Bite. On April 15, the Qdoba located on S. East Street will celebrate its grand opening by hosting a fundraiser benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation, in which 25 percent of sales will be donated to the organization’s Race for a Cure.
Adding to the excitement, guests who visit the City Way Qdoba from April 8-14 or Qdoba at Southern Plaza from April 15-21 will have the chance to win Free Burritos for a Year (one free entrée, per week for 52 weeks). Every day during each restaurant’s grand opening week, one lucky guest will be selected at random to receive a Qdoba Rewards Cardpreloaded with the Free Burritos for a Year offer. In addition, each guest who drops by either restaurant during its grand opening will receive a coupon for a free breakfast entrée during a subsequent visit.
All of Qdoba’s meals are handmade in front of guests and topped with personally selected fresh ingredients, including one of five distinctive salsas. Guests can choose from some of Qdoba’s signature flavors, including Mexican Gumbo™ or 3-Cheese Queso and Ancho Chile BBQ Burritos, as well as its Craft 2™ menu. Craft 2 lets guests mix and match perfect portions of Qdoba’s most popular items, including a Naked Burrito®, Naked Taco Salad™, Mexican Gumbo™, 3-cheese nachos, two tacos, quesadilla or tortilla soup. The new restaurants will also offer a breakfast menu from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. every day.
For occasions outside the restaurant that call for Mexican fare, Qdoba offers catering, with buffet style Taco, Nacho and Naked Burrito® bars. Perfect for groups of 10 or more, Qdoba catering bars come with everything needed for personal and business events alike, including napkins, utensils andchafing dishes to keep meals warm. Orders can be picked up or delivered. To place an order for catering from the new Indianapolis locations please call (855) 77-QDOBA.
For more information on events and promotions at the new Indianapolis locations, guests can visit www.Facebook.com/QdobaIndy.
Qdoba Mexican Grill – City Way
233 S. Delaware Street
Indianapolis, IN 46225
Hours: Mon–Sun: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Qdoba Mexican Grill – Southern Plaza
4200 S. East Street
Indianapolis, IN 46227
Hours: Mon–Sun: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
About Qdoba Mexican Grill®
Qdoba Mexican Grill is a fast-casual Mexican restaurant where anyone can enjoy a fresh, handcrafted meal. In each of Qdoba’s restaurants, guests are invited to participate in the creation of their entrée by hand-selecting ingredients from a broad menu of inspired, innovative flavors. An open kitchen concept allows Qdoba to showcase its passion for food, commitment to using high-quality ingredients that are prepared fresh throughout the day, and dedication to taking the time to handcraft every meal served, so that every guest is guaranteed an exceptional experience. Founded in Denver in 1995, Qdoba is among North America’s largest Mexican fast-casual chains, with more than 600 restaurants in 44 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Qdoba is a wholly owned subsidiary of Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK). Franchise development rights exist for additional Qdoba Mexican Grill restaurants in areas throughout the United States and Canada. For more information about Qdoba or about franchising opportunities, please visit www.qdoba.com.
Join us in April as we showcase a collection of work by Indianapolis area High School students that will run concurrently with the Indiana Photographic Society annual exhibition. Works will include Painting, Drawing, Photography, Mixed Media, Ceramics or Sculpture.
April 6, 5:00-7:00pm
April 6 - June 1
More than eighty works of fine arts photography will be on display, each an interpretation of the theme "Reflections..." This is their 7th exhibit at the GPAC. Don't miss the reception on opening night, featuring live music and refreshments. The artists will be in attendance, and many will have their photographs available for purchase. Join us for free arts activities on Saturdays in the Arts for All room.