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Indianapolis restaurants and businesses permanently closed due to COVID-19

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Posted at 9:37 AM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-23 12:25:26-04

INDIANAPOLIS — The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic will undoubtedly ripple through every industry. Restaurants, and the hospitality industry as a whole, may arguably feel it the most.

Locally, here are the restaurants and businesses that were forced to close their doors due to the coronavirus crisis.

Books & Brews

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The Mass Ave location of Books & Brews is one of the establishments that unfortunately couldn't outstand the coronavirus pandemic, according to the company's CEO Jason Wuerfel.

The Broad Ripple location is also closed but is not related to COVID-19. That location of Books & Brews has been on the market since December.

Boston Market

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It appears Boston Market on the northwest and east side of Indianapolis are now permanently closed.

Signage has been removed from both locations, one on West 86th Street and the other on East Washington Street. Neither of the locations are listed on the Boston Market website.

RTV6 has reached out to Boston Market for confirmation as to whether the closure was related to COVID-19 or not, but has yet to receive a reply.

BRAVO

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A popular and longstanding restaurant on the northwest side of Indianapolis has shut its doors—it appears, for good.

Bravo Cucina Italiana, located at 86th Street and Township Line Road, has a sign on the door telling customers it is closed.

"We have made the difficult decision to close this restaurant," read the sign. "Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you through the years."

Bravo's Indianapolis location is no longer listed on the company's national website, either.

Brugge Brasserie

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Posted by Brugge Brasserie on Thursday, April 30, 2020

This Broad Ripple gem announced it would be closing indefinitely in late April.

Although they're shutting their doors after 15 years at this location, the owners say they look forward to opening again sometime in the future, somewhere else.

Costumes By Margie

It is with a heavy heart that I make this announcement: COSTUMES BY MARGIE is permanently closing. We are living in such...

Posted by Costumes By Margie on Wednesday, June 10, 2020

After being in business for 50 years, Costumes by Margie, has decided to permanently close due to "uncertain times" the business posted on Facebook June 10.

The business was located on Indy's north side, right off of 38th Street on Illinois Street.

The Dancing Donut

After close to six years on the north side of Indianapolis, The Dancing Donut announced it's permanent closure on social media on Thursday, May 28.

Although the donut shop will be closing its doors for good, it will be open for National Donut Day on June 5.

The Dancing Donut's last day will be June 7.

Della Leva Espresso Bar

A Fishers Indiana coffee shop announced on Tuesday, July 21 it was not able to stay open due to the impacts of the pandemic.

Fleming's Steakhouse

After 15 years on the north side of Indianapolis, Fleming's permanently closed its doors in early May.

According to the business's Facebook page, the steakhouse is permanently closed and is no longer listed on Fleming's website.

Kingmakers

The Mass Ave social club for gamers known as "Kingmakers" announced on Monday, June 22 it would be permanently closing both its Indianapolis location and its Columbus location.

Kingmakers posted the announcement on their Facebook, saying, in part, that the closure was heavily impacted by the pandemic and the recent protests over police killings of Black Americans.

The owners did say they are possibly looking into reopening later down the line and plan to host a Facebook Live to discuss that further.

Metro Diner

The Metro Diner on the northwest side of the city, at 2258 West 86th Street, is now closed for good, RTV6 confirmed on Thursday, July 23.

The diner submitted the following statement to the newsroom:

"Yes, Metro Diner temporarily closed the St. Vincent’s diner on March 31 and has made the difficult decision to permanently close this location. We look forward to seeing and serving our guests at our nearby Metro Diner located at 3954 E. 82nd Street that is currently open with limited capacity, take-out and delivery."

Morton's Steakhouse

Morton's Steakhouse is another restaurant that appears to be shutting its doors for good.

The fine-dining restaurant in downtown Indianapolis looks to be shuttered up and its Facebook status has been changed to "Permanently Closed."

The Indianapolis location is also no longer listed on Morton's website.

RTV6 has reached out to Landry's Inc. for a response, but have yet to hear back.

Next Door Eatery

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Kimball Musk's SoBro hangout appears to have closed its doors permanently.

Next Door Eatery opened in late 2017.

According to a Huffington Post article posted in early April, the restaurant chain cut off access to an emergency fund right before putting about 100 employees out of work.

RTV6 has reached out to Next Door Eatery for a comment and has yet to hear back.

The North End BBQ

It is with great sadness that we announce today, on the 6th anniversary of opening TNE, that we will not be re-opening....

Posted by The North End BBQ on Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The North End BBQ on the northeast side of Indianapolis announced on Wednesday it was closing for good due to COVID-19.

Old Pro's Table

Although Old Pro's Table announced it would be closing for good after 30 years on Thursday, May 14, it announced less than a month later it would remain open.

Situated on Broad Ripple Avenue, the longtime sports bar serves pub grub. Many enjoy jukebox dances, the fireplace, and watching games with friends and family.

Rabble Coffee

Thank you all for your support and patronage over the past 5 years. Rabble will not be reopening under the current...

Posted by Rabble Coffee on Friday, June 12, 2020

A coffee shop grounded in the community on the near east side of Indianapolis has decided to close its doors for good as of Friday, June 12.

Rabble Coffee has been serving food and coffee for five years. The shop's founder and current owner announced on social media that she will be moving on and is seeking potential buyers. By Monday, the shop announced they had 40 inquiries.

Redemption Ale

It is with a very heavy heart that we regret to inform you we've made the difficult decision to close our doors,...

Posted by Redemption Alewerks on Wednesday, April 29, 2020

The Fisher's brewpub announced its closure on April 29.

Redemption Ale had opened in 2014. It was known for its hand-crafted ales and creative menu.

Sherwood Cafe

We regret to inform you that Sherwood Cafe has permanently closed. Thank you to our customers who have supported us...

Posted by Sherwood Cafe on Saturday, April 4, 2020

Sherwood Cafe announced its permanent closure on April 4.

Slimm's Pizza & Salads

Unfortunately I will be permanently closing Slimms Pizza. Landlord has been unwilling to work with us during this time...

Posted by Slimms Pizza and Salads on Saturday, April 25, 2020

This mom and pop pizza joint in Fisher's announced it would be permanently closing on April 25.

They're currently having a restaurant equipment sale.

Stacked Pickle

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Stacked Pickle is closing all of its restaurants after the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in lost income.

The decision comes after Gary Brackett, CEO of Stacked Pickle, evaluated options to reopen once the stay-at-home orders are lifted.

Brackett is a former linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts.

"Unfortunately, the loss of several significant sporting events and a month and a half of business, combined with on-going restrictions and the uncertain duration of this crisis, left us unable to find a viable financial path forward," Brackett said in a statement posted to Facebook.

Three Floyds Brewpub

The famed Midwest brewery stationed in Munster, Indiana, Three Floyds Brewpub, announced on May 20 that it would be keeping its doors shut long after the state's scheduled reopening date.

Although its brewpub will be closed indefinitely, the brewery will continue to make its iconic brew. News that Hoosier fans across the state can still remain happy about.

Tuesday Morning

Tuesday Morning, the national retail chain specializing in gifts, home furnishings, housewares, and other merchandise, is closing 230 of its 687 stores.

It's part of a bankruptcy reorganization and it means the Tuesday Morning stores near Greenwood Park Mall and Willow Lake on the Indianapolis north side, will shut down, as will a store in Bloomington.

WB Pizza

After 20 years, WB Pizza has announced its closing permanently.

The closure is in effect as of Saturday, May 30.

Other restaurants in Central Indiana forced to close due to the impacts of the coronavirus include the decades-old Clayton Cafe in Hendricks County. A long-time staple in the small Indiana town.

Two restaurants in Greenfield also announced in July they would be permanently closing as well.

The Ponderosa in Greenfield said they would be closing for good on Facebook, starting Monday, July 20.

"After 35 years of being a family owned and operated business we are saddened to announce the closure of our Greenfield Ponderosa as of Monday 7/20/2020. We would like to Thank ALL of the community that has Dined, Worked, and been with us over the years. We truly appreciate all of you! Stop by and see us Sunday or Monday to enjoy a great buffet or entree."

Florida Cracker BBQ in Greenfield also announced its closure on Facebook. The eatery said they would be open for another six weeks after its July 19 announcement.

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Do you know of any other restaurants that were forced to close their doors because of COVID-19? Email Real-Time Digital Content Editor Shakkira Harris at shakkira.harris@wrtv.com.