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Portillo’s Announces Avon Location Coming Fall 2018 @portillos

April 19, 2018 Leave a comment
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Artist’s rendering of the Avon, Indiana Portillo’s location.

By Ana Espinoza
On behalf of Portillo’s

The Chicagoland restaurant brand unveils plans for new location, slated to open in Fall 2018

Portillo’s, the fast casual concept known for its menu of Chicago-style favorites, proudly announces its newest location at 10444 E. US Hwy. 36 in Avon, IN.

The Avon location follows locations in Merrillville, Fishers, and Mishawaka, with a southside Indianapolis restaurant slated to open later this summer.

“Though Portillo’s originated in Illinois, we have seen such a phenomenal welcome from our Indiana neighbors,” says CEO Keith Kinsey. “Our location in Avon is situated in a strong retail area with a great mix of business and residential audiences. We look forward to joining this vibrant local community.”

Once complete, the restaurant will feature a Prohibition-themed interior, drawing décor inspiration from the 1920’s and 1930’s. The 9,000-square foot restaurant will include seating for more than 200 guests; a seasonal, 46-seat outdoor patio; and double-lane drive-thru.

Guests to the new Avon location can enjoy all of Portillo’s classic menu items, including Chicago-Style Hot Dogs, Italian Beef Sandwiches, char-grilled burgers, fresh salads, and Portillo’s famous Chocolate Cake.

Fans can register for a chance to attend a sneak peek training meal prior to opening and receive updates on the Portillo’s Avon location by signing up at www.portillos.com/avon.

For more information on the restaurant, please visit www.portillos.com or follow Portillo’s on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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Long-Tailed Macaques Coming to the @IndianapolisZoo, May 26, 2018

April 2, 2018 1 comment
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Indianapolis Zoo in White River State Park in Indianapolis, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2017, all rights reserved.

Sharing One World: Long-Tailed Macaques

​​Opening May 26, 2018 at the Indianapolis Zoo

By Carla Knapp
Indianapolis Zoo

On Memorial Day weekend in 2018, macaques will make a splash in their brand-new exhibit – “Sharing One World: Long Tailed Macaques.” Indianapolis Zoo members can enjoy exclusive preview days on May 24-25 and the exhibit will open to the public May 26, 2018.

Long-tailed macaques are a unique monkey species that spends time in the water cooling off, playing or escaping predators. Unlike other macaques, long-tailed macaques are the only ones that swim throughout their entire life – making them the perfect addition to the Oceans Area.

Native to Southeast Asia, the macaque lives side by side with humans in an urban setting and are at times seen as pests. Like all animals at the Indianapolis Zoo, the macaques are ambassadors for their species, sharing a conservation message about the importance of humans coexisting with animals.

As the human population continues to grow, human and wildlife will have to share the same space. Hoosiers can learn to share urban areas with wildlife, just as the people in southeast Asia have learned to share space with the long-tailed macaque.

The zoo has a troop of 29 macaques with 22 females and 7 males. The monkeys are led by a male named Graham. There is a baby boy named Paul and a baby girl named Ren. Local schools suggested names for the troop, and the keepers matched each macaque to his or her name based on their unique personalities.

Once open, the macaques’ habitat will feature pools surrounded by grassy areas as well as a few raised platforms that extend over the water. Not only will this design reflect the architectural styles found in Southeast Asia, we hope it will encourage the macaques’ unique — and very fun — natural diving behaviors that guests can watch through multiple glass viewing windows.

For more information, visit http://www.indianapoliszoo.com/plan…/animals-exhibits/oceans, or call 317-630-2001.

“Singin’ in the Rain” at Beef & Boards, Apr. 12 to May 26, 2018 @beefandboards

March 18, 2018 Leave a comment
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“Singin’ in the Rain” at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre.
Photo provided by the theatre and used with written permission.

By Patricia Rettig
Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre

INDIANAPOLIS – April showers are guaranteed this April at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. But the rain isn’t going to be falling on the roof – it’s on the stage!

The refreshing romantic comedy Singin’ in the Rain – the stage version of one of MGM’s most celebrated films – pours onto the Beef & Boards stage starting April 12, 2018.

Set in 1920s Hollywood, this classic is the story of Don Lockwood, a famous actor in silent films. His success is shared by his co-star, Lina Lamont, but – at least for Don — their romance is only for the screen. When they star in their first talking movie, Lina’s grating voice causes studio executives to arrange for the voice of the beautiful young actress, Kathy Selden, to be used instead. When Lina finds out, she is furious. While Don has eyes for the lovely Kathy, Lina isn’t about to be pushed aside – on screen, or off.

Memorable songs include “Good Morning,” “Make ‘Em Laugh,” and the title tune.

Timothy Ford returns to Beef & Boards to reprise his 2011 role as Don Lockwood. Kimberly Doreen Burns, who made her Beef & Boards debut last season as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, plays his love interest, Kathy Selden. Sarah Hund reprises her hilarious portrayal of Lina Lamont and Buddy Reeder (Mary Poppins, CATS) returns to play Cosmo Brown, Don Lockwood’s zany friend and sidekick.

There are 48 performances of Singin’ in the Rain scheduled in the intimate space of Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre from April 12 to May 26, 2018.

Tickets range from $44 to $69, and include Chef Odell Ward’s dinner buffet, fruit & salad bar, unlimited coffee, tea and lemonade.

For reservations, call the box office at 317.872.9664 anytime between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays. For complete show schedule, visit beefandboards.com.

Singin’ In The Rain is sponsored in part by the National Bank of Indianapolis.

Northside Diner named best breakfast in Porter County Indiana @indianadunes

March 18, 2018 1 comment
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Northside Diner in Chesterton, Indiana.
Photo provided by Indiana Dunes Tourism and used with written permission.

By Dustin Ritchea
Indiana Dunes Tourism

Porter, Ind. — Indiana Dunes Tourism, in partnership with the Northern Indiana Tourism Development Commission (NITDC), is proud to announce Northside Diner in Chesterton as the Porter County champion of Indiana’s Cool North Breakfast Wars!

The ten best breakfast restaurants in Porter County squared off for eleven days against each other in an online voting contest to decide who served the best breakfast in Indiana Dunes Country and all of Indiana’s Cool North.

“We’re so flattered to be a part of this competition and overwhelmed by the love we have received from our community,” said Northside Diner owner, Kerry Lively. “I’m proud to serve our patrons every morning and excited that the most important meal of the day may just be the best one too.”

Northside Diner will now move on to the regional final to compete alongside six other county winners to see who will be crowned Best Breakfast in Indiana’s Cool North.

“Breakfast Wars is such a fun way for us to celebrate the unique restaurants in our local communities,” said Kailey Davenport, Indiana Dunes Tourism’s Community Engagement Director. “There’s been so much passion, loyalty and excitement throughout this competition. All it takes is bacon and eggs to bring people together, and that’s what tourism’s all about.”

The voting for the regional round will begin Friday, March 16, 2018 at 10 a.m. EST and will be hosted on the regional website at www.IndianasCoolNorth.com/BreakfastWars.

Anyone can vote once in the final round per valid email. Votes from the county round do not count, so make sure to vote again for your favorite restaurant. The regional round lasts ten days and the winner will be crowned on Monday, March 26.

The seven winning restaurants that will vie for Best Breakfast in Indiana’s Cool North are the following: Castaways in Plymouth, Jennie Rae’s Restaurant in Rolling Prairie, Country Corral Restaurant in Shipshewana, Macadoo’s Family Restaurant in Mishawaka, The Golden Egg Pancake House in Elkhart, American Table Restaurant in Warsaw and Northside Diner in Chesterton.

Indiana’s Cool North Breakfast Wars is a joint initiative of the Northern Indiana Tourism Development Commission (NITDC) and its member convention and visitors bureaus in Porter, LaPorte, St. Joseph, Marshall, Kosciusko, Elkhart and LaGrange counties. NITDC is the leading regional economic development authority focusing on sustainable tourism through effective partnerships, including the development of Indiana’s Cool North Campaign. Indiana Dunes Tourism is the official destination marketing, planning and development organization for Indiana Dunes Country/Porter County, Ind.

For more information about this year’s Breakfast Wars, please contact Kailey Davenport at kailey@indianadunes.com or Robby Bearss at rbearss@nitdc.com.

Student Walkout at Brebeuf Prep School, March 14, 2018 @BrebeufJesuit

March 11, 2018 Leave a comment
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Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

Press Release
Never Again BJPS

The Brebeuf student-led activist group, Never Again BJPS, is organizing a student walk-out on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, as part of the national protest against gun violence in schools and in support the victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

The walkout will begin at 10 a.m. and last exactly 17 minutes – one minute for each of the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas School in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018.

What:
Student walk-out to protest gun violence in schools

When:
10 a.m., Wednesday, March 14

Where:
Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School (BJPS), 2801 W 86th St., Indianapolis, IN 48268

A message from the organizers:

Our student-led group is well-versed in the current debate surrounding gun control and violence in schools.

WE INVITE THE MEDIA AND THE PUBLIC TO ATTEND Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School’s walk-out held on March 14 to get a close-up look at how the Brebeuf community is uniting in this effort.

We will march in unison with students from countless schools around the country, all of whom will simultaneously walk out at 10 a.m. in every time zone. We are encouraging teachers, students, administrators, parents and allies to walk out for 17 minutes — one minute for every person killed in the tragic shooting, exactly one month after the shooting in Parkland.

Our goal is to show the Indianapolis community that regardless of political affiliation, special interests, race or background, we all can unite in support of student safety, calling for a re-evaluation of gun policy and restrictions.

We believe that, especially in this political climate, everyone will benefit from seeing that the issue of gun violence in America is one that the youth of our nation will not stand for.

EDITOR’S NOTE: AroundIndy.com, LLC congratulates and highly commends Never Again BJPS for its leadership in this matter in the hopes that their actions will lead to positive change in our country.