By Mark Ambrogi
Mimi Blue Meatballs will soon be bringing its unique menu to Carmel.
Mimi Blue Meatballs started in Indianapolis at 870 Massachusetts Ave. in January 2015.
The hope always was to open a second restaurant, Michael Kosene said.
“But it was a big ‘if’ the first one went well,” owner Kosene said. “We thought with our entrepreneurial spirit that it would be embraced, and we have. Our whole goals have been very simple. We’re trying to deliver a fresh product. All our meatballs, all our sauces and our sides are made fresh every day.”
Kosene said they are planning to open in the first two weeks of April at 12505 Old Meridian St., the former site of Crust Pizzeria Napoletana.
Kosene is the operating partner along with co-owners Gerry and David Kosene, his father and uncle, respectively.
Kosene, a 32-year-old Indianapolis resident, said he expects to have 35 to 40 employees, including the managers. The seating capacity is estimated to be 90 to 95.
The restaurant name is a tribute to Mildred “Mimi” Kosene, mother of Gerry and David, who died at age 91 in 2011. Her maiden name was Bluestein.
“We try to maintain a level of service with our staff that is exceptional,” Kosene said. “We set a very high standard for the experience we want our customers to have. Our price point is affordable. We try to offer upscale food, atmosphere and service for affordable prices.”
Mimi Blue Meatball was the Kosenes’ first venture into the restaurant business.
Kosene & Kosene Residential, a real estate development company, was started by Gerry and David Kosene and Michael has been with the business just more than 10 years.
For more, visit mimibluemeatballs.com.