By Pete Smith
Plans are in the works to bring southside Indianapolis institution Jonathan Byrd’s catering and banquet service to Carmel as a way to reinvigorate The Fountains on Carmel Drive.
Buckingham Companies had originally purchased the shopping plaza in 2008 with the hope of turning it into the south entrance to its proposed Grammercy project.
But with that project stalled, the company has shown increased interest in drawing more customers to the shopping center as Jack’s Donuts recently open its doors in the same plaza.
Jonathon Byrd’s owner Ginny Byrd said she didn’t want to elaborate on any plans, but a lawyer for Buckingham said at the Special Studies Committee of the Carmel Plan Commission on July 1 that a lease had been signed and that renovations associated with new tenant would likely begin in August or September.
“We are very excited about that venture,” she said.
The proposed plans would currently call for a new porte cochere entrance to be installed along with landscaping and signage improvements. The building would also be repainted in a red and tan color scheme.
The building was a former Marsh supermarket that was closed in the late 1990s when Merchant’s Square was built. Current plans don’t call for any new interior changes and it will likely remain a banquet center.
With the announcement of Jonathon Byrd’s decision to start a new catering and banquet facility in The Fountains building, it would be its second foray into Hamilton County announced in just the past month.
During Grand Park’s grand opening ceremony on June 21, the company announced it would operate a new restaurant in an indoor soccer facility proposed at the park that could open in 2015.
The lawyer representing Buckingham said that the company still envisions the plaza as the southern entrance to Grammercy and that these renovations represent just the first stage of the plaza’s redevelopment. He said that AAA Way would be reconfigured at a later date – likely necessitating the demolition of the eastern building in the plaza.