When Indianapolis restaurateurs Peter George and Tom Main got back into the biz, they got back in a big way — even though their popular Tinker Street restaurant is just 900 square feet.
The two saw potential in the small building at 16th and New Jersey streets, and since opening in January 2015, business at Tinker Street “has surpassed our highest expectations,” George said.
In fact, they saw so much promise in the 16th Street corridor, that not long after Tinker Street opened, they announced plans to rehab a building across the street and open an Italian restaurant. And while the Italian concept is still a go, George said, another project has been fast tracked to the head of the line.
Comida Cantina, a Mexican restaurant roughly the size of Tinker Street, will open this fall at 1217 E. 16th St., just east of the Monon Trail. Tinker Street’s Rachel Hoover will be the chef.
George hopes to have the new Mexican restaurant open by late September. Renovation to the building across from Tinker Street, which he said will still be an Italian restaurant, will have to wait until next spring.
The area around 16th Street is definitely on the upswing, as more restaurants and businesses move in. Cannon Ball Brewing Company, for example, a small craft brewery, will be opening soon at 17th and Bellefontaine streets.
“It is going to be a happening area,” George said, noting the abundance of small buildings and lots in the area. “Quite a lot of opportunity for entrepreneurs.”
— Jolene Ketzenberger