What is sure to be a high-profile Indianapolis brew pub will be opening soon – with a high-profile consulting chef — but oddly enough, it doesn’t seem to be on the radar of local publications at all.
I don’t know why it hasn’t made any local lists of “restaurants we’re looking forward to” or things like that, because I’ve been looking forward to it since I first reported on it more than four years ago. Now, granted, a few things have changed since then – most notably the chef who is creating the opening menu — but The Owner’s Wife, the new brew pub adjacent to Ted Miller’s Outliers Brewing Company, will be opening by early summer. And it definitely looks like it has been worth waiting for.
The name is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the many times that Miller’s wife, Shannon Stone, an owner at their Brugge Brasserie, has been referred to as “the owner’s wife.” When I first talked with Miller about the concept, local chef Greg Hardesty of Recess was going to be developing the menu. That changed along the way, however, and Hardesty is no longer involved, but The Owner’s Wife is finally nearing completition.
The brew pub, which is just off Mass Ave. at 608 Park Ave., will include a bar area as well as a family-friendly dining room and an outdoor beer garden. The dining room – which will feature works by artist, designer and furniture maker Brian Presnell — is a historic building which is situated next door to the brewery building, which is not a historic structure. The challenges of connecting the two buildings have taken considerable time, said Miller, but he’s happy with how the space is coming together.
“We’re one of the coolest brew pubs I’ve ever seen,” he said.
The kitchen, which is actually a part of the brewery building, will feature a wood-burning oven as well as a dry-aging room for house-made charcuterie and a temperature-controlled room for aging cheeses that also will be made in house.
House-canned fish – think Portuguese conservas — will be a key component of the menu, said Miller. And the menu will definitely be an attention-getter, since it will be designed by Milktooth chef/owner Jonathan Brooks, a 2016 James Beard Award semifinalist and a 2015 Food & Wine magazine best new chef.
Brooks won’t be in the kitchen at The Owner’s Wife – Jay Petroy, kitchen manager at Brugge, will be executive chef. But Brooks will serve as consulting chef, and he is designing a menu that will feature “beer-friendly foods that defy the normal, sad pub grub,” said Brooks. “You can expect some Jon Brooks-esque additions, as well as some nods to Brugge.”
Look for The Owner’s Wife to open in June.