Bub’s Café building may not stay vacant long

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Breakfast restaurant Bub’s Café served its last customers Oct. 30, owner Matt Frey announced in a Facebook post Oct. 28.

“We survived 12 years. That’s pretty rare in the food business,” Frey said. “Look for a breakfast concept down at the burger shop probably in the spring.”

Bub’s Café opened in May 2007 at 220 2nd St. SW along the Monon Trail. It is approximately a quarter mile south of Bub’s Burgers and Ice Cream, which opened in May 2003 at 210 W. Main St. Bub’s Burgers also has restaurants in Zionsville, Westfield and Bloomington.

It appears the Bub’s Café building won’t be empty for long. In June, the Carmel City Council approved a three-way beverage permit for a new restaurant there called Smoke’n Barrel.

“The building and interior will reinforce the quality brand that Carmel residents have come to expect,” states a document outlining commitments for the restaurant filed with the city. “Moreover, Smoke’n Barrel is a one-off concept that will be unique to Carmel, its residents and guests.”

The restaurant plan was submitted by Kevin Paul, who opened the Brockway Public House in 2007 in Carmel with his late wife, Lainie. Paul and his wife, Megan, own and operate Danny Beer Works in Carmel and its other locations at Notre Dame and Indiana University. Paul is also a founding member of Blue Horseshoe, a software and services firm headquartered in Carmel with international offices.

“What we’d like to do is build another concept that complements what we have at Danny Boy and the Brockway and get something for our organization closer to downtown and support the city, its residents, tourists and patrons,” Paul told the council in June.

Paul did not respond to a request for comment as of press time.

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