Business updates: Botanical Bar opens, Fountain Room on the way

The Botanical Bar: Victoria Lyras has opened the shop at 1103 N. College Ave. offering offers a curated selection of high-quality houseplants, along with uniquely designed lifestyle and wellness products made by people of color and women-owned businesses. The inventory includes tropical plants, succulents, cacti, air plants, a rotating collection of hand-crafted planters and plant care tools.

Lyras had originally hoped to open the store in the Penn Ars Building on East 16th St., but found the new location more suitable.

“I am excited to be next door to my favorite bakery Leviathan,” Beaty said. “I have been overwhelmed with the support from my neighbors and the community since the opening of the Botanical Bar, and looking forward to growing my business.”

Lyras wears several hats. She is also executive director of Growing Places Indy, and is partnering with childhood friend Lori Kincy to open Scoopz ice cream shop in the AMP food hall in the 16 Tech District. That opening is targeted for July.

THE FOUNTAIN ROOM: Look for a July opening as well for The Fountain Room, to be located in the new building at the cvorner of Mass Ave and Carrollton Avenue in the Bottleworks District.

The Fountain Room is a unique “Supper Club” enterprise by Clancy’s, which already operates a hamburger stand in The Garage at Bottleworks.

In an earlier post, the Fountain Room was described as a 160-seat restaurant serving lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. The menu was expected to feature steaks, fresh seafood, sliders, sandwiches and pasta.

AND ONE CLOSING: The Beerded Swine has closed after a short run at 501 N. College Ave. in Lockerbie Square. The process to bring the former 501 Tavern building back to life wasn’t short, however, with the project having been in the works for over three years before its March opening. The operation was a meat market as well as upstairs beer lounge. The Beerded Swine was operated by Lisa Abentroff, owner of the highly successful Savory Swine in Columbus, Ind.

PHOTO ABOVE: Victoria Beaty in her new College Avenue store, The Botanical Bar.