Carmel, Indiana is in the midst of big developments. The Carmel City Center is an exciting new development in downtown Carmel. This new Carmel attraction presents a “pedestrian oriented city within a city” with the best in Carmel shopping and Carmel restaurants. With inventive architecture, gorgeous plazas, lush green areas and relaxing water features, the Carmel City Center will soon prove to be the hub of the City of Carmel. Just recently, the Carmel Chamber of Commerce made their most important announcement regarding the Carmel City Center: the line up of shops and restaurants that will cater to Carmel people and visitors.
The retail and restaurant line up in the Carmel City Center will sit nestled in 62,427 square feet of prime Carmel real estate. Five restaurants and a slew of retailers will bring a variety of options to patrons looking for the best. While the majority of these new Carmel businesses will not be open to the public until the Fall of 2011, this exciting announcement gives us all something to look forward to.
This downtown Carmel center is centrally located to new residential areas located nearby including penthouse condominiums. These new Carmel homes are nearly 60 percent occupied, with space filling up fast. Residents will not only enjoy close proximity to dozens of shops and restaurants, but also to Carmel arts at the Center of the Performing Arts, a brand new world class concert hall and theater space. Read on to learn more about what’s coming to Carmel.
New Carmel Restaurants
Based on the “sharing plates” meal style, Divvy offers a diverse mix of menu items ranging from classic favorites to eclectic creations. Owned by Kevin “Woody” and Richelle Rider, owners of Woody’s Library Restaurant, Divvy has a unique premiss. Kevin “Woody” explains, “The name ‘Divvy’ was chosen because of the phrase ‘divvy it up.’ We want people to enjoy the social atmosphere and the camaraderie of sharing the dining experience with their friends.”
The concept asks patrons to order a variety of items to share on multiple plates. Menu items range in price from $6 to $18 and accommodate a variety of dietary needs including gluten free and vegan options. Co-owner Richelle Rider also serves as head chef and says, “I want people with special dietary needs to be able to enjoy dining out and not feel limited. Dining out is something that is needed in life… it is a form of entertainment. I want everyone to enjoy themselves.”
71 West City Center Drive
Self proclaimed “foodie,” Larry Hanes, is the master mind behind Eggshell Bistro, a global fusion of cuisine. His head chef has studied under the renowned Thomas Keller, who has worked at French Laundry and Bouchon in Napa Valley California and at the Indianapolis restaurant Taste Cafe. His menu items offer a globe trotting adventure for your taste buds with influence from the foods of France, Italy, China and more.
“Eggshell Bistro’s culinary style can be best described as global fusion,” says Hanes, “healthy, rustic, fresh and often creative. A unique range of culinary twists are displayed by its namesake – the egg. . . with supporting roles from sides, salads, soups and sandwiches. A non-automatic espresso machine, siphon coffee bar and Hario coffe drip. . . paired with a palette of patisserie options, will further delight your senses.”
51 West City Center Drive
Holy Cow, Cupcakes!
Holy Cow, Cupcakes! has been a standby in Carmel desserts for the past four years. Now this famed Carmel restaurant and bakery makes a big move to the Carmel City Center. This delectable bakery creates cookies, croissants, danishes, cupcakes and more. At their new location, Holy Cow will also offer coffee and espresso from Metropolis Coffee Roastery in Chicago. With a Wi-Fi lounge filled with comfy couches and tables, customers are invited to come in and stay a while as they nosh on sugary sweets.
Owner Karen von Kamecke Sutton knows her sweets will stand apart: “All our cupcakes are made in house from local organic ingredients, whenever possible. The cupcake is the center of my universe. . . I see every cupcake to make sure it meets a certain standard before it leaves the door!” Holy Cow, Cupcakes! is expected to open in late June or early July.
Holy Cow, Cupcakes!
61 West City Center
Hubbard and Cravens
This Indianapolis based business was established two decades ago. With locations across the Circle City including in Indianapolis downtown and the Indianapolis cultural district, Broad Ripple Village, Hubbard and Cravens offers the finest coffee and tea in Indy. To celebrate their 21st anniversary in the business, Rick Hubbard and Jerry Cravens will offer a range of new items at their Carmel store. The famed coffee shop will expand their menu to include fine wines, craft beers, fresh smoothies, a juice bar and more.
“Our goal with this new concept was to take what we’ve done with coffee and apply all of those same principles to food, wine and beer,” says Hubbard. “The goal is to offer the absolute finest that is available, presented and served in a simple way, allowing the quality of the product to speak for itself.”
Hubbard and Cravens
703 Veterans Way
Mangia! An Italian Restaurant
Mangia! Italian Restaurant is a locally owned and operated restaurant in Carmel since 1997. Mangia! will make the move from 116th Street to the Carmel City Center in mid November. In the move the beloved Italian restaurant will also begin serving lunch. Their new location brings other welcome changes like an expanded wine list due to the built in wine cellar and additional outdoor seating for warmer months.
When Lee Tyler bought the restaurant from the Pizzi family eight years ago, he promised to uphold the time honored traditions of the northern Italian family. “One of the best compliments I have received was when a couple who had been coming here since it was owned by the Pizzi family told me that the quality was still exceptional,” said Lee.
Mangia! An Italian Restaurant
751 Hanover Place
The Carmel City Center will also feature a host of interesting new retail options. The Addendum Gallery offers patrons hand crafted art pieces, whimsical gifts and unique jewelry from around the world. Brides of Carmel will become the go to place for the bride to be in the north Indianapolis community. With chic designer gowns, this Carmel business will cater to any bridezilla.
Uber Boutique is a lifestyle store with a mix of home design and fashion pieces. This funky store will be an inspirational hot spot for Carmel art lovers. Daphney Allen Skincare is relocating to its new Carmel location from Fishers, Indiana. Offering a full line of professional skincare services including facials, microdermabrasion, chemical peels and more, this business will keep you looking young and fresh. Next Step Fitness is a state of the art fitness center that incorporates stretch, strength and manual soft tissue work to help customers look their best.
Stay tuned to FunCityFinder.com for all the latest on Carmel News and Information. We cover fun things to do in Carmel from Carmel music to Carmel sports. Enjoy the elegance of Carmel, Indiana at the upcoming Carmel City Center. Nothing can compete with this new downtown Carmel destination.