In an unusual twist in the story of the expansion of Scotty’s Brewhouse, the company will return to Indy’s southside and reopen at 4530 Southport Crossing Drive. The Southport Scotty’s Brewhouse closed in March 2013.
“It was definitely unexpected,” A Pots & Pans Production president and CEO Scott Wise said of his company’s return to Southport. “But I feel like I can tell the story. People will understand it.”
A Pots & Pans Production operated the Southport location under a management contract with MSCB Group. When both parties decided last year to focus on their individual business models, the Southport Scotty’s closed; not long after, Detour American Grille & Bar opened in the location.
The Detour location has since closed, and building owner Todd Johnson, who also owns the nearby Mucky Duck, approached Wise about returning to the location.
“He gets it,” Wise said. “I think we had great success there. Things just went awry. It was kind of out of our hands.”
But not many changes had been made to the location since the Brewhouse closed, Wise said.
“It still looks like a Scotty’s,” he said. “When we walked through it, they hadn’t really changed it.”
Still, Wise said, “I had to make sure I felt right in my heart — in my mind and my heart.”
Wise said his company will operate the Southport location under a management contract and will begin hiring around Nov. 20 (applications can be made online or follow @brewhouse on Twitter for open interview dates). The tentative opening date is Dec. 19.
Wise, who said his company is in a growth mode, recently opened a Scotty’s Brewhouse location in Fort Wayne; he is looking at other cities as well, including Evansville. Wise has also hoped to open a Scotty’s Brewhouse out of state, and although he expected it to be in a city such as Cincinnati, Louisville or Columbus, Ohio, the first out-of-state Scotty’s might end up being in Florida.
Wise said he recently looked at a development in Punta Gorda, Fla.
“It definitely has a possibility to happen,” he said.
— Jolene Ketzenberger