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Next Door Eatery reopening in Indianapolis' SoBro neighborhood

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Posted at 11:40 AM, May 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-15 11:42:45-04

INDIANAPOLIS — After more than a year with its doors closed, Next Door Eatery is reopening in Indianapolis.

The Kitchen Restaurant Group — founded by Elon Musk's brother, Kimbal Musk — confirmed the Broad Ripple eatery would be reopening on Monday, July 26.

During the year-long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the company shares it used the time to "transform" their concept, and looks forward to sharing "the evolution" of their brand with Indy.

“We’re excited to share this new iteration of Next Door with Indianapolis – a city that prioritizes and appreciates delicious food and drinks,” Yussef Abdelhak, Next Door's general manager, said. “Next Door 2.0 is fun and carefree. A place where friends meet, drinks are flowing, food is flying out of the kitchen and everyone is having a killer time.”

Last year Next Door appeared to customers and employees to close permanently due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

WRTV reached out for comment last April after a Huffington Post article stated the restaurant had cut former employees off from an emergency fund created for them right before putting about 100 employees out of work. We did not hear back.

The Kitchen Restaurant Group told WRTV in May they were reopening. The newsroom asked if they planned to back any of their former employees but have yet to receive an answer.

Next Door is currently looking to fill at least 40 positions and is actively hiring. All new hires will receive a $1,000 signing bonus.

Musk's company also owns and operates a second restaurant in Indianapolis called Hedge Row that is confirmed to be reopening.

Hedge Row on Mass Ave is currently in the beginning phases of a remodel, and plans to reopen are set for some time in the near future, the company confirms. However, an exact time frame or date could not be given.

Next Door is opening with a revamped menu that includes hush puppies, chicken noodle soto, and brunch.

Next Door will be open daily from 2:30 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 2:30 to 11 p.m. on Fridays. Brunch starts at 10 a.m. and closes at 11 p.m. on Saturday and 9 p.m. on Sunday.