Greg Hardesty, one of Indianapolis’ top chefs, has said he will close Recess, his 49th Street and College Avenue restaurant, on Feb. 18.
“After seven years, I’ve decided to close Recess,” he said. “We’re going to shut down on the 18th. That’ll be our last night. Get your reservations now.”
He also encouraged people to use any Recess gift cards they might have. “This kind of came upon me pretty quickly, but I do want to stress that I would love to get as many of those redeemed as possible.”
As to why he’s closing, Hardesty says there are a lot of reasons.
“I’m 48 years old,” he said. “I’ve been doing it for 25 years. I’m kind of burnt out. At this point, I really just kind of want to try something new in my life. I love adventure. I love taking chances.”
In fact, he said, it was 17 years ago that he moved back from San Francisco and took a big chance — he opened H2O Sushi with a friend who had no restaurant experience other than being a busboy in high school.
“We opened a sushi bar in a really bad location,” he said. “The rest is obviously history.”
Following the sucess of H2O, Hardesty opened Elements and then Recess and Room Four.
“I’ve had some great success and had some great employees who’ve moved on, and it’s just kind of time for me to try something new. I’ve still got 20 years at least to figure out what I want to do when I grow up, so that’s what I plan on doing.”
Hardesty said he has sold the restaurant’s assets to Neal Brown, chef/owner of Pizzology and The Libertine Liquor Bar, who will be opening his planned Japanese restaurant Ukiyo in the 49th and College space, rather than in Fountain Square. Brown confirmed the plans, but declined to comment further.