BONUS COVERAGE: 16 Tech’s artisan marketplace to offer new dining options and community-focused concepts

Fans of George Turkette’s Fountain Square eatery and meatery may want to look forward to the March opening of Amp, a new artisan marketplace to be located in the 16 Tech Innovation District.

The same goes for devotees of Circle City Sweets, the popular shop which Cindy Hawkins is relocating from the Indianapolis City Market. Hawkins produces from-scratch French and American products including croissants, breads, macarons, cakes and pastries. Circle City Sweets products are also served in several local coffeehouses.

Frankie’s Pizza Parlor, created by the owners of Turchetti’s Salumeria and Turchetti’s Delicatessen in Fountain Square, will serve authentic New York-style pizza from Indiana ingredients.

Amp is described as a European-style market offering local food, drink, retail and entertainment. It is located in 16 Tech’s innovation hub, HqO. The major project is located at 1210 Waterway Boulevard in the Riverside neighborhood between Indiana Avenue and the White River, just north of West 10th Street.

Other concepts announced this week, with further news coming soon, included:

* Melon Kitchen: A virtual kitchen concept development program for emerging Black chefs and restaurateurs

* Tinker Coffee: Specialty coffee roaster focused on roasting the finest specialty coffees from around the world and providing visitors with an awesome and educational experience

* PB&J Factory: A sandwich shop and cereal bar injecting the fun into food with modern nostalgia, operated by co-founder of Code Black Indy

* Waterway Fish Market: A fish market serving only the finest, freshest fish and seafood available; committed to hiring interns from Second Helpings Culinary Job Training Program

* Black Orchid: A contemporary barbershop offering traditional services such as hot shaves, customized haircuts and beard trims

The 16 Tech Innovation District is also home to Taste Café, which will open in Innovation Building 1, later this year.

The 40,000 square foot AMP will be home to more than 20 different vendors occupying space in restaurants stalls and shipping containers in addition to an open air bar, full-service restaurant, communal seating and ample event space. The AMP will offer Indianapolis residents, visitors and 16 Tech tenants drink-in, dine-in and grab-and-go meal/produce options. Additional announcements are anticipated in advance of opening.

“We’re thrilled to welcome these innovative operators to the AMP,” said Chef Craig Baker, AMP project lead and local chef and restaurateur. “These concepts are in line with our vision to create a community-centric, dynamic and energetic destination for Indy.”

In addition to the AMP, HqO will include flexible and private workspace managed by 1776, a global innovator network with eight campuses throughout the country, and Machyne, a membership-based makerspace.

“HqO will serve as the heartbeat of the 16 Tech Innovation District,” said Bob Coy, president and CEO of the 16 Tech Community Corporation. “The AMP will offer an opportunity to connect and collaborate in a vibrant central gathering place.”

ILLUSTRATION ABOVE: Amp is described as a European-style market offering local food, drink, retail and entertainment.