Big Woods opens in Noblesville, still plans for Westfield


Big Woods Restaurant Group expanded to Hamilton County with the Feb. 17 opening of its seventh restaurant, Big Woods Hazel Dell, at 14741 Hazel Dell Pkwy., Noblesville.

The location previously was a Scotty’s Brewhouse, which closed in early 2019.

The 7,700-square-foot space will provide seating for 250 guests, including 40 patio spots. There also are two private rooms for party rentals.

Big Woods CEO Ed Ryan said the company didn’t have a presence on the northern side of Indianapolis until it opened the Noblesville restaurant.

“We are ecstatic to be there. It’s really been a lot of fun,” Ryan said. “We all hear the stories about the labor market being tough, but we couldn’t be happier with the staff we have in place.”

The Noblesville location has a new menu that will include favorites such as pulled pork nachos and smoked wings.

Ryan said Hamilton County is a new market for the company.

“But Speedway and Franklin are neighborhood communities, and this has the same feel, for sure,” he said.

Extensive renovations were done to configure the entrance, make the space more energy-efficient and more kid-friendly.

Another Big Woods restaurant is slated to open this fall at the southwest corner of U.S. 31 and Ind. 32 in Westfield.

“That is still happening,” Ryan said of the Westfield location. “That will be one of our pizza restaurants.”
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