New restaurant openings mark Indianapolis’s strongest culinary scene to date

INDIANAPOLIS, April 30, 2018 – Food & Wine Magazine named Indianapolis one of the ‘Top 20 Food Cities in the U.S.’ in 2017, and the city continues to climb the charts in 2018 with its strongest culinary scene to date. Multiple restaurant openings in Indianapolis –including a highly anticipated opening from nationally-recognized chef Jonathan Brooks and restauranteur Kimbal Musk— have the city buzzing.
In 2014, native-Indy chef Jonathan Brooks opened his first restaurant, Milktooth, as a trendy breakfast and lunch spot in a converted auto garage in the city’s growing Virginia Avenue neighborhood. Milktooth made Bon Appetit’s list of 10 Best New Restaurants in America, and Brooks was named a Food & Wine Best New Chef. Now Brooks is on to his next endeavor – a new restaurant in Indy called Beholder. Opening in May, Beholder will revamp Midwest cooking in a fine-dining, wine-focused and sophisticated setting.
Indy is also excited to welcome a new face to the dining scene with the opening of two restaurants brought to us by Kimbal Musk, brother to Elon Musk of SpaceX and Tesla. Musk opened Hedge Row Bistro and Next Door Eatery in Indy’s popular SoBro neighborhood, and through the good work of The Kitchen Community, he’s also helping to build 100 community gardens tied to schools in Central Indiana by 2020.
Ukiyo, Indy’s first-ever omakase-style restaurant also opened its doors this year, bringing the city a hip Japanese-influenced spot for ramen and small plates. Crispy Bird, the latest venture from Patachou Inc., opened in late 2017 and received accolades from Eater and Tasting Table as one of the hottest restaurant openings in the nation for 2017. This restaurant sources local ingredients to provide an updated, chic take on fried chicken and other southern specialties. Last but not least, a new tiki bar is set to open in May called The Inferno Room, led by Ed Rudisell, which will serve Filipino/Polynesian-inspired plates and exotic cocktails.
Indianapolis also recently welcomed a few other new restaurants – including a popular vegan eatery called Three Carrots in the trendy Fountain Square cultural district, Burger Study, which is a sister restaurant to the world famous St. Elmo Steak House, and Spanish-influenced Txuleta Basque Cider House.
Indy’s culinary scene is growing and gaining national attention with the help of these exciting restaurant openings. As we look on to 2019, our city’s restaurants hope to continue topping the charts.

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