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New businesses that opened around Indianapolis during the pandemic

Posted at 7:59 AM, Sep 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-03 08:00:20-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Amid universal uncertainty, we've all certainly lost businesses in the community that we loved and enjoyed.

Although we feel sorrow for the Indianapolis businesses that we've lost due to unforeseen circumstances, we can also rejoice in the new companies hitting our neighborhoods.

Here are the new local businesses that have opened in Indianapolis in the face of COVID-19:

Amberson Coffee & Grocer

In June, a new specialty coffee shop and neighborhood grocer opened in downtown Indy's Fletcher Place.

Amberson Coffee & Grocer is open every day and has a jar program that is sure to please the most sustainable of environmentalists.

Apocalypse Burger

Leave it to Indianapolis restauranter Martha Hoover to react to the pandemic in a way that incorporates the finest of foods.

Apocalypse Burger is the latest addition to the Patachou, Inc.'s restaurant gang serving up "spite fries" and "revenge burgers" on the north side of Indianapolis in the Meridian-Kessler neighborhood.

The burger joint opened in July.

Bae Latin Food

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In Carmel, Bae Latin Food is serving up urban Latin cuisine.

The new restaurant celebrates Latin culture while also serving up dishes like steak pepito, nachos, tacolanos and arepas.

Bubbatown Burrito Co.

If you've been trying to get a breakfast burrito delivered to your front door — now is your time.

Bubbatown Burrito is a pre-ordered heat-and-serve breakfast burrito joint that offers delivery and curbside pickup.

You can also try out their burritos on select days at Mass Ave's Love Handle.

Invy Nightclub


Although nightlife has looked entirely different as the coronavirus pandemic continues, a new nightclub is hitting the downtown Indy streets.

INVY Nightclub is in the building that formerly housed "Revel Nightclub" on Meridian Street.

Under new ownership, the nightclub will feature 25 VIP tables that can host anywhere from four to six people and up to 25 to 30 people, two dance floors, the latest sound systems, technology, lighting, and special effects.

Goldleaf Savory & Sweet

The latest SoBro establishment features what all of your favorite community hangs encompasses — espresso, small plates, beer, and wine.

Goldleaf opened in June.

I Heart Mac & Cheese

Indiana's first I Heart Mac & Cheese location opened up in Westfield in June.

Local first responders, Matthew and Elizabeth Griffin, are the franchise owners and plan to open up three more locations in Avon, Plainfield, and downtown Indianapolis.

The build-your-own macaroni and cheese restaurant boasts not only custom mac and cheeses but a lobster and white truffle mac and baked chicken parmesan.

Leviathan Bakehouse

Not just a bakehouse, but an eatery that serves all of your comfort favorites sits right outside of Mass Ave.

Leviathan Bakehouse is located in Indianapolis’ Chatham Arch neighborhood and has been open to the community since July.

Mori Sushi

Indy's latest Japanese restaurant serving ramen and sushi opened right at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mori Sushi is housed in the Fletcher Place neighborhood and has quickly become a favorite among Indianapolis residents.

Peppy Grill

Peppy Grill has been around for literal decades in Fountain Square, but the brand new location near the IUPUI campus has only recently arrived.

The new location opened in June and sits on Indiana Avenue serving college students and downtown residents alike at any time of night.

Rose and Lois Cafe

A new Carmel cafe opened at the beginning of the coronavirus shutdowns.

WRTV's Troy Washington spoke to the owner back in April. She remained hopeful and passionate during that time.

"Once I understood that we have access to fresh food and we have access to things not even on the grocery store shelves right now, we are going to do all that we can to keep our doors open to get fresh food to people," Rachel Priddy, the Rose and Lois owner, said.


Two words: Drink Pouches.

The new Asian grill opened up in Broad Ripple in June and has taken the cuisine and cocktail worlds by storm.


Slapfish is the newest seafood joint to hit Indianapolis.

Slapfish's Mass Ave location is the latest addition to the restaurant chain.

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