Mo’s restaurant opening Friday in Clay Terrace


Owner Jeremiah Hamman will open Mo’s A Place for Steaks in Clay Terrace Mall Friday. The upscale steakhouse is located at 14300 Clay Terrace Blvd., across the street from Dick’s Sporting Goods. (Photo by Robert Herrington)

In Indianapolis, Mo’s is the place for steak. Now the steakhouse is providing Hamilton County a one-spot stop for good beef as it expands its Central Indiana market area with a new second restaurant location in Carmel’s Clay Terrace Mall. The restaurant will open Friday.

“We’re very, very excited,” owner Jeremiah Hamman said about Mo’s first non-metropolitan location. “The growth is exploding around us. It’s a best place to raise a family. We’re excited to be a part of the community.”

Several factors influenced Hamman’s decision to expand to Hamilton County, including the potential customer demographic, continued community growth in this area, a welcoming attitude and work from Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard and the city, and Simon Properties’ assistance and commitment to providing a workable lease arrangement.

“The partnership with Simon Properties was big,” he said, adding the arrangement made the second location more attractive and feasible. “Although Simon is the largest real estate company in the world, it’s clear to me that they are committed to helping local businesses succeed within their property environments.”

Hamman, president of Epic Hospitality Group, has been a managing partner with Mo’s since the restaurant came onto the Downtown dining scene. His passion for outstanding service, cuisine and wine pairing promises a menu that’s both traditional and diverse.

“It just became me. It wasn’t a conscious decision, it was what I became,” he said about becoming a restaurateur. “I love the fact I don’t sit in a cubicle and every day is different. The people I meet and the interaction is priceless.”

Since its doors opened downtown in 2003, the upscale steakhouse has quickly risen to recognition as one of Indianapolis’ top fine dining establishments, earning an impeccable reputation and many accolades for its food and wine selection. The Clay Terrace location will feature the same great food, drinks, exceptional wine and hospitality that the Indianapolis location has become famous for among the city’s business professionals, fine dining community and celebrity crowd.

“There will be a few suburban twists – wine night, martini night, bar menu items,” said Hamman. “Things we don’t offer downtown to cater to the suburbs.”

Hamman prides Mo’s on its customized service and meticulous attention to detail. The Carmel Mo’s will feature a comfortable ambiance with an incredible outdoor patio area perfect for evening cocktails and dining. The Clay Terrace location also has impressive facilities for banquets, meetings and private parties. Hamman said total seating for the restaurant is more than 350.

He also said the “very diverse menu” will feature many of the same items as the downtown restaurant including USDA certified prime beef, which Chef Thomas Melvin hand selects each cut.

“There are a lot of offers when it comes to appetizers,” he said. “We’re a steakhouse that caters to non-steak eaters.”

Know More

What: Mo’s A Place for Steaks

Where: 14300 Clay Terrace Blvd., Suite 155 (next to Dick’s Sporting Goods)

Hours: The bar opens at 4:30 p.m. and the dining room begins seating at 5 p.m. The restaurant is open until 10 p.m. Sunday, 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Head chef: Thomas Melvin

Seating: The main area seats 120; three private dining areas provide 24, 28 and 40 chairs; the bar has room for 60; and 80 people can occupy the outdoor patio.

Reservations: Recommended and may be made by calling 660-0720