Indy’s restaurant scene is definitely in the midst of a shakeup. On the heels of last week’s announcemet from Greg Hardesty that he will be closing Recess and Neal Brown taking the space for his Japanese restaurant Ukiyo, Brown has more news for local food fans.
He will be closing his Massachusetts Avenue Pizzology on Feb. 19 with plans to reopen a month later as a Southern European restaurant called Stella. The new restaurant will focus on the wine regions of Italy, France and Spain with chef Matt Stum at the helm. Stum will focus on wood-fired cooking, raw and preserved seafoods, vegetables and cured meats from Southern Europe.
“As much as we have loved having Pizzology on Mass Ave,” Brown said in a release, “we also thrive on challenging ourselves and providing growth opportunities for our team. With that in mind, we have an amazing team on Massachusetts Avenue that we want to see grow, so we’ve decided to close Pizzology, invest in the space and our people and reopen as Stella.”
Brown said that his company, Neal Brown Hospitality Group, will tap its beverage team to offer an eclectic wine selection and a cocktail program focusing on the flavors of the region.
He plans to open Stella on March 21. The Carmel Pizzology location will continue operating with its regular hours. The Libertine Liquor Bar, located in the basement of Pizzology, will continue operating as well.
Note: I’ll be posting more from Brown about the changes soon. — Jolene Ketzenberger