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Public sign decries new restaurant at 46th and College

Posted at 7:07 AM, May 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-11 14:42:58-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- Somebody, apparently unhappy with the presence of a new restaurant in their neighborhood, put up a sign decrying the Next Door American Eatery at the intersection of 46th Street and College Avenue.

The sign in front of the new restaurant reads, "Does this make sense here? For whom?"

Some in the neighborhood see the restaurant as continuing gentrification in the area. The site of the restaurant used to be a Double 8 grocery store. 

The grocery store closed in 2015, making the area a food desert. For many people who live in the area, it was the only option for meat, produce and staples like bread and milk. 

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Greg Miller, who lives in the area, said he's happy something is in the space now.

"I don't know that it's necessarily for everybody, but it's for some," he said. "That's better than for none. If it's not going to be anything, then it sits and it's vacant, and that may not be best for the neighborhood in that manner. That's not to say that other things couldn't have been there as well."

Next Door American Eatery was started by Kimbal Musk, entrepreneur and brother of Elon Musk. It is his second restaurant in Indianapolis. The restaurant donates $2 from every kale salad sold, and 1 percent of total sales to children who use the Learning Gardens.

The Meridian-Kessler Neighborhood Association has been supportive of the new venture. 

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