What good establishments are known to have survived?
Harry & Izzy's was my favorite place to eat before Sugarfire Smokehouse opened, and now that Sugarfire Smokehouse has closed Harry & Izzy's is once again my favorite place to eat!
Besides The Ram and Sugarfire, most of the restaurants that normally get a shoutout here survived.
Yeah, weirdly there were a few big closings the year BEFORE COVID-19 finished the job; Haveli and the nearby Noodles & Company both disappeared, taking out the last two places I was occasionally willing to consider for lunch (rather than skipping lunch entirely since it otherwise takes too long).
Claddagh probably counts as a place that was well-loved that disappeared since 2019, even if I personally found it maddening that they had started taking away most of their Irish food on the "special" convention menu.
All three of my favorite places (Pearl Street Pizza, First Watch, and Eagle Tavern) are still going, thankfully... RIP The Ram. :(
Slippery Noodle Inn is still there. Keep in mind that this is more a bar/blues club than it is a restaurant. But they do serve food (and darn it, looking at their tenderloin sandwich is making me drooool).
St. Elmo's, Harry and Izzy's, Yardhouse, and Nada are to the best of my knowledge still there. At least as of mid-January, last time I went through Indianapolis.
North of that up Illinois St., Ruth's Chris and PF Changs still appear to be going. That italian restaurant at the corner - The Palamino - closed in 2019. That was in the midst of the first COVID wave, but according to the news, staff claims it closed over a lease dispute.
A bit to the east, Kilroy's and Spaghetti Factory. Again for the first one (Kilroy's), that's more a bar than restaurant, but again, food is on the menu. Apparently the breadsticks are really, really good when you're stoned (LOL).
I just saw that Rock Bottom on Washington near the Conrad hotel closed. I didn't know that until I googled and found the Yelp entry. Yeah, they're a chain, but I still liked them.
Patachou is still where it's always been. Probably will still be as crowded when Gen Con rolls around. :)
Weber Grill, Buca di Beppo, and Giordano's is still up north-east of the ICC, not far from Monument Circle. It's a bit of a walk for some, but I don't find it bad at all.
The JW Marriot still has their restaurant "High Velocity" there. The other spot is now called OP Italian Indy (I think it used to be called "RPM"?).
There are so many more, but those are the ones I thought about when I saw this thread.
Shapiro's Delicatessen is about a 10 min walk
Loughmillers is still open. A regular spot for me whenever I am in downtown Indy.
Here's a strange request: I just found out my flight into Indianapolis got changed and won't arrive until after 8 PM, so after I get my bags, get from the airport to my hotel, and check in, it will probably be after 10 PM. Any good downtown places open after 10? If so, how safe is it to walk there and back at that time of night?
I know Killroy's is open pretty late and in eleven years I've never felt unsafe walking around downtown late at night.
Mikado closed in December.
The last Gencon that I and my crew attended was in 2019 and we greatly enjoyed the Inferno Room. It is primarily a tiki bar but has some good food as well.
I mourn Bee Coffee and their amazing breakfast burritos, crazy cool coffees and the T-Shirts....Ohh the T-Shirts...
Any locals know if there are some good new locations replacing Scotty's, Rock Bottom, Granite City, etc.?
Goodwood took over the old RAM spot, buty don't expect them to embrace "The Geek"
Old Scotty's is still empty.
If you are just looking for good beer try the new Taxman location on Delaware south of the field house or St Joseph's up on N College, it's in an old church.
The menus also had a little blurb on them specifically addressed to Gencon attendees "introducing" the restaurant, so maybe they will do more this coming year.