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Downtown Indy loses two more establishments

The Mass Ave bar & City Market coffee spot have new projects on the horizon.
Posted at 10:22 AM, Dec 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-30 10:22:36-05

INDIANAPOLIS — Right as 2020 nears its end, downtown Indianapolis is saying goodbye to two more establishments.

MacNiven's Restaurant & Bar and Mile Square Coffee both announced Tuesday their current businesses would be closing.

With each of their closing statements, however, also came the announcement of new ventures on the horizon.

MacNiven's, a bar that's been on Mass Ave for almost 18 years, will be turning its space into a raw bar.

The bar's current owner, Stuart Robertson, is partnering with his neighbor, Mark Weghorst, the owner of the latest seafood joint called Slapfish. Together, they plan to create a new concept for the space as conceived by Los Angeles Chef Andrew Gruel. According to MacNiven's most recent Instagram post, Robertson and Weghorst plan to renovate the bar for a more "modern, casual, California-influenced, Peruvian-style" raw fish and oyster bar.

Although the Scottish American bar is saying goodbye on New Year's Eve, its patrons will still be able to get most of MacNiven's most-popular items from "The Harbour." A British fish and chips stand that will be opening along with the Bottleworks District's food hall, "The Garage."

The Harbour is slated to open along with The Garage in January. The raw bar is slated for opening sometime in the spring.

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After five years working the cafe on the mezzanine of City Market in the heart of downtown, Mile Square Coffee is saying its goodbyes as well.

But they're not going away forever. The roastery says it's leaving for a new project that will "better serve our friends and customers." What the project is exactly wasn't readily made available at the time of this report.

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