INDIANAPOLIS — The latest Indianapolis business to close permanently, quoting the impacts of COVID-19, is Huse Culinary's Burger Study.
Burger Study, located on Georgia Street next to its sister restaurants, Harry & Izzy's and St. Elmo Steakhouse, opened in 2017. It's last day open is Tuesday, Oct. 27.
The gourmet burger joint relied on office workers, sporting events, conventions, concerts, and business travelers — a crowd that has all but been vacant from downtown Indy this year.
"The restaurant saw double-digit, year-over-year sales increases into 2020, and its future was bright before the COVID-19 pandemic hit," the company's announcement read.
According to Huse Culinary's president, Craig Huse, every Burger Study employee has been offered a position at one of their other restaurants.
“While we faced a difficult business decision to close Burger Study, we are viewing this as an opportunity to get even stronger at every other Huse Culinary restaurant,” Huse said.
“Every single employee of Burger Study has been offered a position at a companion restaurant that is equal to or greater than their current role," he continued. "We had an amazing team of hospitality professionals at Burger Study, and this is a terrific opportunity to grow and strengthen the operations of all other locations, which have seen steady sales increases and opportunities since reopening.”
According to Huse, St. Elmo Steak House, Harry & Izzy’s, 1933 Lounge by St. Elmo, and The HC Tavern + Kitchen are continuing to perform well despite the pandemic.
“Because St. Elmo and Harry & Izzy’s are destination restaurants, they have given Hoosiers, and other visitors, a reason to travel downtown despite the pandemic’s effects on the Circle City’s landscape,” said Huse. “Downtown Indy has been steadily recovering, but a complete recovery will take some time. It has been exciting to see all other Huse Culinary restaurants lead the way in the recovery of the hospitality industry since reopening.”