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Portillo’s Launches Delivery Service via DoorDash

November 15, 2017 1 comment
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Image provided by Portillo’s and used with written permission.

By Ana Espinoza
On behalf of Portillo’s

Portillo’s, the fast casual concept known for its menu of Chicago-style favorites, today announces the launch of a new delivery service available at its Fishers location (9201 E 116th St.) and 94% of its locations nationwide.

The new delivery option is the result of a partnership with DoorDash, the on-demand restaurant delivery platform. Through the partnership, drivers on the DoorDash platform will fulfill delivery orders placed through both Portillo’s and DoorDash’s respective websites and mobile apps. Customers can visit portillos.com to find the delivery location nearest to them.

“Our new delivery offering continues the tradition of innovation set forward by our company’s founder Dick Portillo,” CEO Keith Kinsey says. “From our unique ordering system, to our double drive-thru lanes staffed with outside employees, Portillo’s has consistently innovated our systems to provide our guests with convenient ways to enjoy our iconic menu items. It was important that we partner with a company that could support Portillo’s high-volume restaurants, especially through our lunch and dinner service. DoorDash gives us flexibility and reliability to give our customers the convenience they want and the quality they have come to expect from Portillo’s. We are thrilled to roll out this service at locations nationwide.”

“For more than four years, DoorDash has prided itself in forming partnerships with the best restaurants in every city. Today we are proud to add another top restaurant to our platform by working with Portillo’s, a Chicagoland staple, to power their delivery across the country,” said Toby Espinosa, Head of Business Development for DoorDash. “As part of the partnership we have also expanded DoorDash’s footprint into 13 new cities, to ensure even more customers can order delivery from their favorite restaurants like Portillo’s.”

Delivery will be available from 49 Portillo’s locations across the country, including Fishers and Indianapolis. Portillo’s full menu of hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, burgers, and salads are available for delivery through both the DoorDash and Portillo’s apps and websites.

To help further improve the delivery experience, the two companies have worked to integrate DoorDash orders directly into Portillo’s point of sale systems, making it faster for restaurants to receive delivery orders while minimizing the instances of incorrect orders.

Portillo’s partnership with DoorDash continues its long history of using innovative technology to make it quick and easy for customers to order their food. Last year, Portillo’s partnered with Olo to launch online ordering via website and mobile app. The Portillo’s app is available for download online via iTunes or Android. All orders incur a $5 delivery fee.

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

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Temporary State Park Closings November 2017

November 6, 2017 1 comment
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Spring Mill State Park is one of the parks affected by this announcement.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2010, all rights reserved.

DNR Press Release

Multiple state park properties to close temporarily for deer reductions

Select Indiana state park properties will close temporarily to allow for controlled deer reductions in the coming weeks.

The dates for the temporary closings are Nov. 13-14 and Nov. 27-28, 2017.

The state parks affected are Chain O’Lakes, Charlestown, Clifty Falls, Fort Harrison, Harmonie, Lincoln, McCormick’s Creek, Ouabache, Pokagon and Trine State Recreation Area, Potato Creek, Shades, Shakamak, Spring Mill and Cave River Valley Natural Area, Tippecanoe River, Versailles, and Whitewater Memorial.

These properties will close to the general public the evening before each two-day reduction effort and reopen the morning after each effort.

Only individual hunters selected from the draw in September and their designated hunting partners may participate in the hunts.

DNR biologists evaluate which parks require a reduction each year based on habitat recovery and previous harvest rates at each park. The state parks are home to more than 32 state-endangered plants and numerous significant natural communities. The reductions help control browsing by deer to a level that helps maintain habitat throughout the state parks for all plants and animals.

Information on 2018 state park deer reductions, including online applications, will be available next summer at dnr.IN.gov/fishwild. The application deadline is usually the end of August.

Additional information on state park deer reductions is at stateparks.IN.gov/6289.htm.

IndyFringe Announces Partnership with Indy Eleven

August 1, 2014 Leave a comment
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IndyFringe Theatre Building. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Pauline Moffat
IndyFringe Executive Director
http://indyfringe.org/

Demonstrating its deep commitment to community, Indy Eleven is joining with IndyFringe to further strengthen quality of life in Indianapolis. Through a generous donation from Indy Eleven Owner Ersal Ozdemir, Indianapolis’ North American Soccer League team will receive naming rights for the new IndyFringe theatre.

Scheduled to open in 2015, the Indy Eleven Theatre will connect to the current IndyFringe Basile Theatre at 719 East St. Clair Street. The addition is part theatre, part community space and will enhance the Cultural Trail by serving as a trailhead with public restroom facilities.

“Arts, sports, business and community organizations all need to support one another in a world-class city,” said Ozdemir.  “This unique partnership allows us to align a wide range of audiences with very different interests to new assets in our community. This is exciting for our future.”

Frank Basile, chair of the IndyFringe Capital Campaign, believes this vision to improve the IndyFringe Basile Theatre through the construction of adjoining public spaces will have a profound effect on the beautiful and historically rich nearby neighborhoods and the businesses of Mass Ave.

“This is a win-win relationship for both organizations – and Indianapolis – for many reasons.  The involvement of Ersal brings additional resources to realize the dream of two theatres and a community space on the fringe of Mass Avenue,” Basile said.  “Both IndyFringe and Indy Eleven welcome Indianapolis residents of all ages, and, in particular, embrace young families. Together we can continue to build a community of sports fans, artists and audiences.”

The Indy Eleven Theatre will take the form of a simple “black box” on the exterior and a versatile, multi-purpose space within. A movable hangar wall, which will open the new theatre to the outdoors, will extend the audience seating and viewing area to IndyFringe’s historic alley and green space.

“During our 10-year history, IndyFringe has gone from an idea to an institution. This partnership will help both Indy Eleven and IndyFringe reach new audiences, showcase our talents at each other’s venues, and contribute to a vibrant Indianapolis. Plus, we hope to attract some soccer players to the IndyFringe stage so we can see them ‘play’ in an unexpected setting,” said Rosemary Dorsa, IndyFringe board chair.

For more information, visit http://indyfringe.org/, or call 317-869-6660.

Local Chocolatier Captures International Awards

July 22, 2014 Leave a comment
Bronze Medal Chocolate Award

Bronze Top Chocolate Bar Award.
Image provided by Chocolate for the Spirit and used with written permission.

Press Release
Chocolate for the Spirit
http://chocolateforthespirit.com/

Hosted by the International Chocolate Salon, the annual Top Chocolate Bar award competition honored Chocolate for the Spirit’s Mayan Spice Bar with two bronze medals, one in the “Most Unique” category, and another for “Best Ingredient Combinations.” Indianapolis-based Chocolate for the Spirit artisan chocolate company is owned and managed by certified artisan chocolatier Julie Bolejack.

The International Chocolate Salon holds a number of product-specific competitions in four venues around the world, annually naming the best toffees, caramels, truffles, chocolate beverages, and more. The Salon’s 15-judge panel of chocolatiers, food writers and bloggers and chefs, included experts from the Huffington Post, Candy Industry Magazine, Chocolate Covered, Gastrolust, TheChocolateAddict.com, Viva Cocolat, and Serious Eats for this competition selecting the Best Chocolate Bar.

Chocolate for the Spirit’s Beauty Bark, bonbons and truffles were recognized in 2010 by Indiana Artisan, the statewide organization that identifies and promotes Indiana’s highest-quality foods and art. As an Indiana Artisan, Bolejack regularly submits additional work for review, and her Mayan Spice Bar also is part of the Indiana Artisan brand.

As Chocolate for the Spirit’s founder/owner and its certified artisan chocolatier, Bolejack develops all recipes and sources the chocolate and ingredients for her work. All Chocolate for the Spirit gourmet chocolates are her personal creations, and she has received numerous honors: named among the Top 5 at the New York Chocolate Show; participation in Salon du Chocolat Paris, the world’s most prestigious chocolate event; showcased at the MTV Movie Awards, Kentucky Derby celebrity events, Rolling Stone magazine’s Super Bowl bash, and ESPN’s National College Championship football party, to name a few.

Chocolate for the Spirit’s awards from the International Chocolate Salon reinforce the high quality of foods produced in Indiana today. Since Indiana Artisan was launched in 2008 by Lt. Governor Becky Skillman, jury panels have reviewed applications from nearly 1,800 art and food artisans. Because the brand defines the best work coming from the State, the review is rigorous and fewer than 20 percent of applicants are named Indiana Artisans.

Chocolate for the Spirit retails from two locations: the Indianapolis City Market, in downtown Indy at 222 East Market Street, and in Carmel at 301 East Carmel Drive, Suite A700. For more information, visit http://chocolateforthespirit.com/, or call 317-518-8842.

$30 Million Upgrade Planned around IUPUI

July 15, 2014 Leave a comment
IU Natatorium at IUPUI

IU Natatorium at IUPUI. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2010, all rights reserved.

Press Release
City of Indianapolis
http://www.indy.gov/

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, IU President Michael McRobbie, the Lilly Endowment and many other organizations yesterday announced a joint $30 million investment to better connect IUPUI to its surrounding communities and make critical renovations to the Indiana University Natatorium (pictured above).

The $30 million total project will include $10 million from the City to turn Michigan and New York Streets into two-way streets from West Street through campus and across the bridge into Haughville. Those streets, as well as West Street between Michigan and New York, will be rebuilt to include safer pedestrian crossings and sidewalks, bike lanes, specialized lighting, decorative signage, public art, grass medians, trees and rain gardens.  Funding for the road improvements will be provided from the Downtown TIF.  Construction and rerouting of traffic patterns will begin next year.

“Thousands of people enter and exit IUPUI for work, class and access to medical care every day,” said Mayor Ballard. “These streets improvements will make it safer and easier for people to access campus and encourage investment and development in Haughville, Hawthorne and Stringtown from companies seeking to be near IUPUI and the growing IU Health complex.”

The other phase of the project will include a $10 million investment by Indiana University to renovate the Natatorium and maintain it as a worldwide aquatic attraction. The Lilly Endowment will match Indiana University’s financial commitments pending final approvals from all organizational partners. Improvements include a new roof, heating and cooling system, pool filtration, lighting, skylights, and other mechanical repairs. Most renovations will be complete prior to Indy hosting the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Diving in 2016.

“Just as the  IUPUI campus  has been an integral part of downtown Indianapolis for decades, the IU Natatorium has become one of the city’s signature sports venues over the last 30 years,” McRobbie said. “Indiana University’s investment in the future of the Natatorium is emblematic of our commitment to the city of Indianapolis. The planned improvements will allow the Natatorium to provide swimmers and divers of all levels – as well as fans of the sports – with a world-class facility for years to come, furthering strengthening the strong partnership between IU and the city.”

The natatorium was originally built in 1982. The 220,000 square foot facility is the nation’s largest indoor swimming facility with two 50-meter pools and seating for 4,700 spectators. It has hosted many significant sporting events including the 1987 Pan Am Games and 13 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in swimming, diving, and synchronized swimming. It is considered one of the fastest pools in the country. Over 100 records have been set in the pool, including 15 world records.

“We look forward to many more years of Olympians adding their names to the treasured wall of the IU Natatorium, cementing Indiana’s continued position as a sports capital and inspiring future generations of swimmers and divers to strive for greatness at this iconic facility,” said Allison Melangton, President, Indiana Sports Corp.