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Devour Indy Winterfest, Jan. 21 to Feb. 3, 2019 @indianarla @devourindy

January 11, 2019 Leave a comment

Weber Grill in downtown Indianapolis is one of the participating restaurants in Devour Indy. staff photo, (c) 2016, all rights reserved.

By Sarah Stegmeyer
On behalf of Devour Indy

Devour Indy Winterfest will kick off on Monday, Jan. 21 and continue through Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, at more than 200 participating restaurants around Indy.

Feast your eyes! Devour Indy Winterfest presented by Faegre Baker Daniels has released the exclusive, three-course menus from participating restaurants so foodies can start planning their Devour experience.

Devour Indy is excited to have Faegre Baker Daniels return as the official sponsor of Indy’s premier dining event. Faegre Baker Daniels is a full-service law firm that provides business solutions to local, national and international organizations.

With the firm’s support, Devour Indy will once again proudly support Riley Children’s Foundation through this event. Begin planning your two weeks of Devour Indy by choosing a new restaurant to experience, checking out a local attraction, and booking a night at one of the preferred hotels.

Devour Indy Winterfest has restaurants participating throughout the entire greater Indianapolis area. Visit to get those taste buds going by viewing the available menus (posted as they become available). For more information, call 317-673-4211.

Portillo’s Announces Avon Location Coming Fall 2018 @portillos

April 19, 2018 Leave a comment

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

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

Portillo’s Opens in Fishers, Indiana on Sept. 28, 2017 @portilloshotdog

September 26, 2017 1 comment

Portillo’s Fishers, Indiana location–its 52nd in seven states. staff photo, (c) 2017, all rights reserved.

By Bob Burchfield, Editor, LLC

Today was the soft opening and media day at Portillo’s, located at 9201 East 116th Street in Fishers, Indiana. The restaurant opens for business on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, at 10:30 am (and then daily at 10:30 am).

At 9,000 square feet it’s a large facility with seating for 214, the 2nd Portillo’s location in Indiana (the other one is in Merrillville on the south side of US 30 across from Star Plaza Theatre). This is the franchise’s 52nd location in seven states.

Founder Dick Portillo was on hand to welcome his visitors and tell an intriguing story of starting this franchise in Chicago in 1963 in a single mobile wagon called “The Dog House” (at age 22, no less) with just $1,100 in savings. It’s truly a great American rag-to-riches story.

Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness was also on hand to welcome Portillo’s to his city and to wish them well.

Portillo’s is renowned for its Chicago Dogs, Italian Beef, and chocolate cake, among many other menu items. I overheard several guests who said they are originally from Chicago and couldn’t wait for this location to open on the north side of Indianapolis. BTW, it’s on the SE corner of Highway 37 and East 116th Street, next door to the new IKEA outlet.


The classic Chicago Dog at Portillo’s.


Hot (spicy) Italian Beef at Portillo’s.


The renowned chocolate cake at Portillo’s.

I was astonished by the number of employees working behind the counter–more than I could count. It seemed like 30-40, but that may be on the high side. But obviously it takes a lot of personnel to run an operation of this magnitude.

Here are a few photos from media day. The place was packed with visitors today, and I expect it to remain that way for several weeks to come, as Indy welcomes this new restaurant to the culinary scene. If there is one concern, it will be whether there is sufficient parking–the lot was completely full when I left. So please be patient if you visit Portillo’s in the next month or so.

I’d like to thank Marc Trevino and Ana Espinoza from Portillo’s for the excellent hospitality.

DISCLOSURE NOTICE: Portillo’s provided me (and many other invited guests) with free samples of its food and merchandise in exchange for the promotional consideration.

Devour Btown in Bloomington, Feb. 25-Mar. 8, 2015

February 15, 2015 Leave a comment
Scotty's Brewhouse in Bloomington, Indiana.

Scotty’s Brewhouse in Bloomington, Indiana, one of the participating restaurants in Devour Btown. staff photo, (c) 2014, all rights reserved.

By Susan Decker
On behalf of Devour Btown

Devour Btown in Bloomington, Feb. 25 to Mar. 8, 2015

Guests will soon be able to savor three-course, value-price menus during Devour Btown from Feb. 25 to March 8, 2015. During this 12-day event, diners will be able to take advantage of specially designed menus at 40+ restaurants in Bloomington, Indiana.

“Devour Btown showcases the strong culinary scene found in Bloomington,” said Steve Swihart, president of the Bloomington Independent Restaurant Association (BIRA). “We have an impressive amount of restaurants already lined up for the inaugural year who are prepared to make this Btown’s premier dining event.”

Participating restaurants at this writing include:

Aver’s Pizza
Bear’s Place
Bobby’s Colorado Steakhouse
Bucceto’s East
Bucceto’s West
C3 Bar
Crazy Horse
El Norteno
Finch’s Brasserie
Function Brewery
Inn of the Four Winds
The Irish Lion
Janko’s Little Zagreb
La Torre
Laughing Planet Café
Le Petit Café
Malibu Grill
No Coast Reserve
Oliver Winery Downtown
Opie Taylor’s
The Owlery
Quaff On!
Restaurant Tallent
Runciple Spoon
Scenic View
Scholar’s Inn
Scotty’s Brewhouse
Siam House
The Tap
The Trojan Horse
Topo’s 403
Upland Brewing
The Uptown Café
The Village Café Deli

The complete list of restaurants can be found at, and menus will be posted soon. To participate, diners need to review the menu options, choose a dining destination and make a reservation if needed. Special promotions and events will also be announced on the Devour Btown Facebook page and Twitter via @DevourBtown closer to the start of the event.

Bloomington area restaurants present Devour Btown with support from BIRA and the Indiana Restaurant and Lodging Association. For more information, call 317-673-4211.

New Winter Plates Menu at Capital Grille

January 10, 2015 Leave a comment
The Capital Grille in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Capital Grille in Indianapolis. staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Angelene Crosswell
On behalf of The Capital Grille

Editor’s Note: The Capital Grille in Indianapolis is located at 40 West Washington Street in downtown Indianapolis.
The Capital Grille, known for its dry aged steaks and award-winning wine list, launched the new winter additions to its popular “Plates” lunch menu. Selecting from soup or salad and an entrée for $18, guests can customize their lunch with the flavors of the season. The Capital Grille guarantees a lunch experience that won’t exceed 45 minutes when ordering from the Plates menu.

Perfect for warming up from the cold weather, the new winter plates menu offerings feature the Executive Chef’s take on comfort foods. Highlighting the new menu offerings is the Dry Aged Sirloin Hash with Crispy Onions, a savory entrée of sweet peppers and onions, fingerling potatoes and sirloin topped with a soft fried egg. The hearty winter dish draws inspiration from comforting breakfast foods and is accompanied by a new, hearty soup offering, the Creamy Potato Leek Soup.

Plates menu available Monday – Friday
11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The Capital Grille
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Please call the restaurant or visit

About The Capital Grille
The Capital Grille is a fine dining restaurant known for its dry aged steaks and award-winning wine list in an atmosphere of relaxed elegance. The Capital Grille features an on-site butcher who dry-ages each steak between 18 and 24 days to maximize its quality. Additionally, the restaurant features a wine list of more than 350 selections, including some of the most highly allocated and sought-after wines in the world. The Capital Grille also offers a variety of elegant private dining spaces for meetings and group events. Please follow The Capital Grille on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more information, call 317-423-8790. The Capital Grille on