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Savoring Success

Aspen Creek Grill is becoming a fixture of the Noblesville dining scene Writer  /  Jon Shoulders Photographer  /  Jamie Sangar One might not readily associate an expansive, 7,000-square-foot restaurant with a made-from-scratch, quality-driven culinary concept. However, that’s exactly the approach that the owners and management staff at Aspen Creek Grill have taken since opening near Hamilton Town Center in Noblesville in November of 2015. “A lot of restaurants say they’re made-from-scratch, but we prove ourselves over and over,” says Mike Bennett, managing partner at Aspen Creek Grill. “Everything here is done in-house. We do all the sauces and salad dressings, ...

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Art Restored

Green Men Restoration Celebrates New Design Center and Gallery Grand Opening Writer  /  Jon Shoulders Photographer  /  Michael Thierwechter If you ask Chris Wall, owner and founder of Green Men Restoration, about the new art gallery at the home renovation company’s new facility on 54th Street, he’ll tell you it’s all part of an effort to bring clients, and the community at large, together. Founded in 2011, Green Men Restoration is a licensed general contracting company and certified renovator specializing in older home renovation in the Broad Ripple and Meridian Kessler areas of Indy. The company specializes in complete restoration ...

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Target Practice

Topgolf swings into Fishers with games, food and fun Writer / Jon Shoulders Photography provided by Brian Brosmer & Topgolf Fishers Topgolf, a restaurant, entertainment and golfing venue with more than 30 locations nationwide, opened its first Indiana location on October 13 and is now in full swing on 116th Street in Fishers across from IKEA and Portillo’s. The 65,000-square-foot, all-ages complex features more than 100 climate-controlled hitting bays on three levels where guests can play computerized golf games using balls equipped with microchips. Topgolf hired 500 full-time and part-time employees to staff the facility, which offers membership packages and ...

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Catch of the Day

Noah Grant’s Cooks Up East Coast Cuisine Writer  /  Jon Shoulders Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer When Shari Jenkins opened Noah Grant’s Grill House and Oyster Bar in Zionsville in 2008, her vision was a high-quality, yet casual, eatery that she herself would want to patronize frequently. Almost a decade later this philosophy is still serving her well, as Noah Grant’s remains one of the area’s premier steak and seafood establishments. A Zionsville Community High School and University of Dayton grad, Jenkins worked as a middle school teacher before the urge came to try her hand in the restaurant business. “I ...

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Industrial Luxury

Ironworks Hotel Indy opens with industrial style, modern amenities Writer  /  Jon Shoulders Photographer  /  Amy Payne Amy Isbell-Williams, general manager of Ironworks Hotel Indy on 86th Street near Keystone Avenue, says the newly opened, 100,000-square-foot boutique facility combines a 19th Century industrial aesthetic with an array of modern touches and dining options. Wisconsin-based Hendricks Commercial Properties (HCP) decided to build the hotel after observing the quick rise in popularity of its mixed-use Ironworks at Keystone development, which opened in 2014. “After they developed the apartments next door they found that this is really a great location to invest in,” ...

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What’s Your Beef?

Portillo’s Celebrates Grand Opening in Fishers Writer / Jon Shoulders Photographer / Jamie Sangar Indy residents no longer need to drive north for hours if the craving for a Portillo’s all-beef, Chicago-style hot dog or Italian beef happens to strike. The Chicago-based restaurant chain, founded in 1963 and now with more than 50 stores nationwide, officially opened its 9,000-square-foot Fishers eatery at 116th Street and I-69 on September 28, and Chief Executive Officer Keith Kinsey says the timing was perfect for Indy to be the latest in Portillo’s growing list of locations. “We started looking at Indianapolis probably 18 months ...

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The Verdict’s In

Local lawyer mentors other blind or visually impaired youth Writer / Jon Shoulders Photographer / Michael Thierwechter Michael Dalrymple has never shied away from a challenge. This holds true not only in his professional capacity as an attorney with his own practice in Broad Ripple, but also throughout his childhood, academic career and current community involvement. “One of my favorite moments of the day is when I get a call from a client and they say, ‘You will not believe what just happened,’” Dalrymple says. “You know there’s a story coming and you’re at the beginning of a process of ...

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Good Things in Store

IKEA Fishers Opens Its Doors October 11 Writer / Jon Shoulders Photographer / Jamie Sangar Representatives from the new IKEA home furnishings retail store in Fishers will be getting out their celebratory saw on Wednesday, October 11 when the store officially opens to the public at 9 a.m. Yes, a saw – you read that correctly. In lieu of a traditional ribbon cutting, Sweden-based IKEA commemorates each new store opening with an official log-sawing ceremony. “Under Swedish custom, sawing a log helps bring good luck to a new home and its future guests,” explains Joseph Roth, IKEA public affairs manager ...

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A Local Fixture

Locally Grown Gardens Closes In On 10 Years of Slow-Roasted, Fresh-Baked Success Writer  /  Jon Shoulders Photographer  /  Michael Thierwechter Locally Grown Gardens (LGG) on East 54th Street is part farm market, part restaurant, part grocery and part specialty store. It’s been a popular, if somewhat under-the-radar, local destination for nearly 10 years, and Mark Troiano, Indy native and LGG employee since 2014, says the establishment’s eclectic, hard-to-define concept sprang from quite humble beginnings.     Owner and chef Ron Harris opened LGG in 2008 in a space then occupied by a vacant gas station, with the sole intent of ...

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Hendricks Regional Health ER

Upcoming Expansion, New Services Keep Hendricks Regional Health on the Cutting Edge of Health Care Writer  /  Jon Shoulders Dr. David Farman, medical director of the emergency department at Hendricks Regional Health (HRH) in Danville, says the success and prestige of his hospital’s network of emergency departments and immediate care centers is the result of a variety of factors, including strong local ties and a dedication to community servitude among his fellow medical professionals. “The people who work here take great pride in what they do,” Farman says of the HRH physicians and staff. “Ninety percent of us in the ...

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