Spreading Their Wings
Ale Emporium Brings Award-Winning Wings, Pizza to New Greenwood Location
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When Ale Emporium introduced their wings, pizza and brews to sports fanatics in Fishers last March, they opened their doors to a packed crowd that just had their dreams come true. After a year of success in the suburbs, Co-Owners Scott Baun, Tony Kwiatkowski and Herman Perryman have opened a third location in Greenwood this July. This time, the anticipation was even higher.
Located at County Line Road and Emerson Avenue, the former Fireside Brewhouse has transformed into a multiplex tavern with an astounding 82 TVs which create video walls that flank the pub on all sides. Although that number is a little shallow compared to the 137 TVs that the Castleton flagship location hosts, there is no doubt that wherever you turn, you’ll have your head in the game.
Ale Emporium has been an Indianapolis landmark since 1982 when Marc Luros established the Castleton location. Herman Perryman joined the team in the late ‘80s and so did daughter and son-in-law Shannon and Scott Baun in the ‘90s. Over the decades, sports fans who flood the bar have witnessed Bobby Knight’s chair toss in 1985, Indianapolis’ Super Bowl XLVI in 2012, and other iconic games.
“We liked the Greenwood area because it’s a really strong sports community,” Kwiatkowski says. “There are around six high schools within five miles, so bringing the family atmosphere to the Southside is the goal.”
If supporting the local high school sports, as well as the professional sports is the plan, then Ale Emporium is accomplishing it fantastically. Within the restaurant, the decor consists of jerseys from the local high school’s sports teams in the family section — like Greenwood, Whiteland, Center Grove, Perry Meridian, Franklin Central, Southport and Roncalli. No matter where you sit, you’ll feel surrounded by regional pride.
Construction started in December, and since then, massive changes to the original building have occurred.
“Everything is brand new,” Baun says. “The only two things that are original are one of the walk-in freezers and one of the range hoods.”
The aesthetic of the pub mimics the other two locations: rich and plentiful. Dark wood shiplap shimmies up to brick walls decked with neon signs. The ceiling is a combination of exposed beams and embossed tin tile. Adding to the richness, sliding windows facing toward the new extended patio, which seats 100, will fold back accordion-style so those who sit outside can experience the indoor energy.
The widely-known menu is keeping fans hooked. The famous Hermanaki Wings, created by Perryman himself, are still no less than top-notch —winning awards like Best Wings by Nuvo and The Indy A-List since 2013, and, not long ago, named the No. 1 Best Place for Wings in Indiana by BuzzFeed. Everything is homemade from the iconic Honest Pizza down to the blue cheese and ranch sauce. More than 100 domestic and imported beers are also available for the over-21 game-watchers.
“All the food is fresh. The only items we keep frozen are the ice cream and tenders,” Baun says.
NLF Sundays are definitely the busiest, with tables maxed out while all eyes are watching the home team catch the winning score. But booze, wings and sports games are not the only thing you can expect at Ale Emporium. Local bands have been scheduled out for the year to play and entertain every night of the week including My Yellow Rickshaw, The Doo!, Stella Luna and the Satellites and The Why Store.
“Being a local brand, we like to bring in the local community,” Kwiatkowski says. “[Greenwood sports fans] love their Pacers, Colts and IU Basketball. What better side of town to bring together a community of sports fans than Greenwood.”
Ale Emporium Greenwood is located at 997 E County Line Rd. For more information, call 317-300-4298 or visit them online at ale-emporium.com.