*Housed for a decade in the Murphy Art Center, PURE EATERY will close its doors by the end of the monty, owners Dave Andrus, Courtney Andrus and Jason Jacobi have announced in a Facebook post. “It is with a heavy heart that we are announcing the closing of our doors at the end of this month,” they wrote. “It has been a pleasure and an honor to be a part of the Fountain Square neighborhood for the past 10 years. We’ve made countless friends and memories and will miss you all very much. Please stop in over the next few weeks and give some love to our amazing staff that has served up fresh, locally sourced, made from scratch recipes and delicious, original craft cocktails for so many years. Thank you for all of your love and support. We will never forget it! Have a safe and wonderful holiday.”
*Look for a summer opening for LOS ARROYOS MEXICAN RESTAURANT at 137 E. New York St. in the new Ardmore building. Based in California, the Los Arroyos family also includes a Carmel restaurant in a development owned by Gershman Partners, owners of the Ardmore. The upscale eatery will join Shake Shack and Rize’n Roll Bakery along the street-front just off the mouth of Mass Ave.
*And speaking of Shake Shack, the restaurant at the southwest corner of New York and Delaware streets opened its doors on Sunday, Dec. 12. Shake Shack is known for its “smash-burgers” and hand-mixed shakes. The eatery features a dining room as well as a walk-up window for orders placed via its “Shake” app. Shake Shack is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.
*Hoagies & Hops is no longer the food provider at Chilly Water Brewing Co. in Fletcher Place. Hoagies owner Krtistina Mazza said the last day of service will be Friday, Dec. 31, closing on 7 p.m. for a private party. She plans to focus on her home store on Boulevard Place in Butler-Tarkington, where she also partners with Chilly Water. Mazza will also continue to operate a food truck. Reports indicate that the food service will be taken over by the Fountain Square Mexican restaurant, La Margarita.
*An opening may be imminent for Isuka Hibachi Express & Sushi, to be located in the Piccadilly Apartments building at 38 E. 16th St. The corner location immediately west of Herron High School was last occupied by Penn & Palate restaurant. Isuka is owned by Alia Alia Amanda, her family and partner chef Usop Sopana.
PHOTO ABOVE: Pure Eatery has specialized in healthy foods for just over a decade in Fountain Square’s Murphy Arts Center.