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

September 26, 2017 1 comment
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Portillo’s Fishers, Indiana location–its 52nd in seven states.
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By Bob Burchfield, Editor
AroundIndy.com, 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.

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The classic Chicago Dog at Portillo’s.

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Hot (spicy) Italian Beef at Portillo’s.

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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.

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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. AroundIndy.com 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
BuffaLouie’s
C3 Bar
Chapman’s
Crazy Horse
DAT’s
El Norteno
FARMbloomington
Finch’s Brasserie
Function Brewery
Grazie!
Inn of the Four Winds
The Irish Lion
Janko’s Little Zagreb
La Torre
Laughing Planet Café
Le Petit Café
Lennie’s
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
Yogi’s

The complete list of restaurants can be found at http://devourbtown.org/, 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. AroundIndy.com 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.
WHAT:
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.

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

WHERE:
The Capital Grille
See all locations at www.thecapitalgrille.com

FOR MORE INFORMATION or RESERVATIONS:
Please call the restaurant or visit www.thecapitalgrille.com.

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 AroundIndy.com: http://aroundindy.com/capitalgrille.php

Elizabethan Buffet at Gennett Mansion, June 7, 13-14

Gennett Mansion in Richmond

Gennett Mansion in Richmond. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2014, all rights reserved.

By Donna Geddes
The Gennett Mansion
http://gennettmansion.com/
Hear ye! Hear ye! 
 
Announcing our first ever Elizabethan Buffet in June to celebrate and dine divine with the inaugural season of the Richmond Shakespeare Festival!
 
We are offering three dates: Saturday June 7, Friday June 13, and Saturday June 14, 2014.  
 
For those of our patrons who are interested in the Elizabethan Buffet and attending one of the two performances at the Richmond Shakespeare Festival next Saturday, June 7 (and the following weekend), the buffet will be open from 4 to 8 pm. RSF is recommending that those attending the 2 pm show may wish to schedule a reservation starting at 5 pm or later. Those wishing to attend an 8 pm show should plan a reservation starting at 6:30 pm or earlier. You can make your reservations by phone at 765-935-0055, or by email at events@gennettmansion.com. Thank you!
 
Yes, TASTE by Jen Ferrell has created a special menu just for this occasion:
  • Crisp Salad of Green Beans, Roasted Beets, Gherkin Croutes and Seed Mustard Dressing
  • Marinated Cucumber Salad
  • Wild Game Pie topped with flaky pastry, enveloping rich game meats and root vegetables
  • Remembrance Herb and Brie Stuffed Turkey Breast
  • Honey Glazed Chantenay Carrots
  • Manchet Bread and Creamery Butter
  • English Trifle featuring cardamom pound cake, boozy creme anglaise, dark chocolate and spring strawberries
  • Rose Petal Ice Cream with Meringue Roulade, Raspberry Sauce
  • Banana Bombe with Coconut Toffee Sauce and Honeycomb
These delightful delicacies presented in the sumptuous surroundings of The Gennett. Dinner will be served before the 2nd Friday night performance and between the two performances on each Saturday with plenty of time to travel between The Gennett and Richmond Shakespeare Festival location. And it just so happens, in one of those serendipitous ways, that the performances will be held in the Logo Pavilion Building, former home to Starr Piano and Gennett Records in the Whitewater Valley River Gorge, in Richmond, Indiana.
Tables are by reservation and the Elizabethan Buffet is $24 per person, plus taxes and gratuity! Call ahead for your reservations. Wine and Beer will be available for purchase. Complimentary Iced Tea, Chocolate Sweet Tea, Coffees and Hot Teas will be served with the Buffet.
The Gennett Mansion is located at 1829 East Main Street in Richmond, Indiana. For more information, visit http://gennettmansion.com/, or call 765-935-0055.

Things to do in Indianapolis, June 2-8, 2014

Woodruff Place Flea Market

Woodruff Place Flea Market, June 7-8.
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15 Public Events in Indianapolis and Indiana
VERIFY ALL EVENT LISTINGS TO BE CERTAIN THEY WILL BE HELD AS SCHEDULED

  1. SAT: 15th Annual Vintage Indiana Wine and Food Festival
  2. SAT: Tim McGraw in Concert at Klipsch Music Center
  3. FRI-SUN: Goodguys All American Nationals at the State Fairgrounds
  4. SAT-SUN: 39th Annual Woodruff Place Flea Market in Indianapolis
  5. MON: WWE Raw at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  6. TUE: Community Tuesday at White River State Park
  7. TUE: Taylor Martin’s Indy Magic Monthly at Theatre on the Square
  8. WED-SAT: Knightstown Jubilee Days in Henry County
  9. THU-SAT: Red Skelton Festival in Vincennes
  10. MON-SUN: Chow Down Midtown Dinner Specials in Indianapolis
  11. THU-SAT: Parish Festival at St. Simon the Apostle Catholic Church
  12. FRI-SUN: Rosedale Strawberry Festival in Parke County
  13. SAT: CAF Warbird Expo at Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport
  14. SAT-SUN: 41st Annual Meridian-Kessler Home and Garden Day Tour in Indianapolis
  15. SAT: Indianapolis AlleyCats Ultimate Disc League at Kuntz Stadium

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