Roundup: Came Brees’ sports bar scouting Indianapolis locations Tim Hortons nabs third site – Indiana Business Journal (blog)

A Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based bar and restaurant, partially of a star National football league quarterback, is scouting for locations in Indiana.

Walk-On’s Bistreaux &amp Bar wishes to open within the next year within the metropolitan area. Once voted by because the “Best Sports Bar in The United States,” Walk-On’s premiered in 2003 by Brandon Landry and Jack Warner. As university students, both of them made the Louisiana Condition College basketball team by “walking on” with no scholarship—hence the name.

Warner offered his be part of 2014, and Saints quarterback Came Brees came aboard being an investor. The 3rd owner is totally new Orleans businessman Ron Farrell.

Landry and Brees discussed their expansion plans via franchising inside a business call earlier this year.

Walk-On’s has 11 locations in Louisiana and something in Lubbock, Texas. As an ingredient since it’s transfer to franchising, it’s several more planned for Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas.

The chain has yet to recognize a franchisee because of its Indiana expansion plans, or any potential locations for any restaurant. Walk-On’s often takes existing retail space rather of creating its restaurants. Besides Indiana, Walk-On’s is also targeting Columbus, Ohio, for Midwestern locations.

“I think Big Ten country is coming within the Midwest,” Brees stated. “We’re realizing lots of interest from people available online for.Inches

Brees, 38, who performed nfl and college football at Purdue College and it has spent 16 seasons within the Nfl, isn’t any stranger towards the restaurant industry.

He began like a Jimmy John’s sandwich shop franchisee this year and today has nine locations in New Orleans.

“I was a follower from afar of Walk-On’s,” Brees stated throughout the call. “It’s literally on my small drive towards the [Mercedes-Benz Superdome].”

In other restaurant news:

Tim Hortons is constantly on the stake out locations within the Indianapolis area, with plans for any third store around the east side from the city.

A condition construction filing shows the Canadian-based coffee and doughnut chain will build at 9910 Pendleton Pike, on the lot west of Mitthoefer Road.

Recently, Tim Hortons filed to construct at 8301 Rockville Road, near Avon and adjacent to a different GetGo convenience store, and also at 4954 Lafayette Road, just north of Interstate 65 around the city’s northwest side.

The 3 stores is going to be similar in dimensions at 1,850 square ft.

Sidekicks Pizza opened up May 12 within the space vacated late this past year through the Finish from the Line Public House around the southern finish from the Fountain Square Theatre Building along Shelby Street.

The pizzeria is run by Walter Bolinger, who opened up the Scottish-influenced Red Lion seven years back at 1043 Virginia Ave.

Exotic on the move, featuring Florida-style sea food, has opened up at 5299 E. 38th St. between Emerson and Arlington avenues.  

Metro Diner is opening at 2258 W. 86th St. within the space formerly occupied by Le Peep.

The Jacksonville, Florida-based chain also offers locations at 3954 E. 82nd St. in Clearwater Crossing, 7225 U.S. 31 around the south side as well as in the Butler College parking garage.

In other news:

Anytime Fitness has filed intends to develop a 4,000-square-feet health club at 1300 E. 86th St., within the parking area of Nora Plaza.

Aldi on May 25 will unveil enhancements to the stores at 5235 N. Keystone Ave. and 300 S. Condition Road 135 in Greenwood included in the company’s nationwide $1.6 billion remodel plan.

H&ampM reopened May 18 in the bigger space at Circle Center mall, expanding into that which was The Loft.

Bill Estes Automotive opened up on May 6 a Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership in Brownsburg. Found at a corner of Northfield Drive and East 56th Street, the brand new dealership sits on 10 acres and joins Bill Estes Ford because the second Bill Estes dealership in Brownsburg.

Bill Estes also operates a Chevrolet vehicle lot at Michigan Road and Interstate 465 around the northwest and also the Chevrolet-Buick-GMC store in Lebanon.

Closings:

Say Cheese Bistro has closed at City Market because it looks for a bigger location, based on an indication within the space.

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