By Jolene Ketzenberger
Former Indianapolis restaurateur Peter George, who closed his fine-dining restaurants more than 10 years ago, will re-enter the business when he opens a small restaurant on East 16th Street this summer.
To be called Tinker Street, after 16th Street’s original name, the 36-seat restaurant will be located in the midst of the Old Northside and Herron-Morton neighborhoods.
George said the restaurant, which he plans to open with partner Tom Main in July at 402 E. 16th St., will have a strong focus on meatless fare, but will not be a completely vegetarian restaurant. Entree prices will likely top out around $16, said George. As for the type of food, he said the menu “is not going to have any boundaries.”
The restaurant, which sits on the corner of 16th and New Jersey Streets, features adjacent parking and has space for patio dining as well, George said. “Thirty-six seats in and 36 out.”
The Tinker Street restaurant will be George’s first foray back into the restaurant business since closing Peter’s, CHOPS an American Steakhouse and Bistro 936 in 2003. He and business partner Tom Main, formerly of Puccini’s, along with Simon O’Grady of Crossroads Vintners, presented two pop-up dinners last fall at Indy’s Kitchen as 3 Fellas (Without a Restaurant). And there is a possibility of more restaurants in the future.
“Tom and I are both looking forward to having fun and serving some nice fresh food,” said George. “I think we’re going to be a real sweet spot. The whole thing just feels right.”