THIS JUST IN: Openings set for Bottleworks Hotel and food hall / more business updates

The Bottleworks Hotel will open its doors for lodgers on Tuesday, Dec. 15, while The Garage food hall will open on Tuesday, Jan. 5. The boutique hotel features 139 rooms on the top two floors of the historic Coca-Cola bottling works administration building, while the food hall features over 20 vendors in two renovated garages on the 12-acre site which sits along the 800 and 900 blocks of Mass Ave just east of College Avenue.

The hotel and food hall comprised the cover story of the December 2020 edition of Urban Times, although specific opening dates had not been announced by press time. Those reports can be found at Scroll to pages 20-21; for a better look at the news report, click on “transcript.” All past issues of Urban Times can be found in the Digital Collection of the Indianapolis Public Library.

In other business updates since the latest issue of Urban Times went to press:

  • Chocolate maker SoChatti has opened a tasting room and retail counter at its production facility in the Circle City Industrial Complex. The space is currently open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. SoChatti produces liquid chocolate without additives or preservatives and designed to adorn other foods or used in recipes.
  • The Indianapolis City Market has lost two food retailers in recent days – The Spice Box has closed, crepes producer Three Days in Paris has closed as well, however owners have made mention on Facebook that they do hope to find a new approach to offering their crepes in the future. The Tamale Place is also scheduled to close toward the end of December. Also, the Indianapolis Star has reported that Circle City Sweets plans to leave the City Market in favor of space in the new 16 Tech district west of Indiana Avenue and north of West 10th Street.
  • New Day Craft is now operating a tasting room at its production facility in the Circle City Industrial Complex. The venue is open from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.

ARTWORK ABOVE: The lobby of the Bottleworks Hotel includes a pool table which can be seen as folks walk along Mass Ave. The hotel’s front door, at the southeast corner of the building, can be seen at the rear.