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In the early 2010s, there wasn’t a bakery in Indianapolis that made hearth-baked, European -style bread. Lifelong Indianapolis advocate Tom Battista set out to change that. He found the ideal space — a 1924 factory warehouse in an historic Italian neighborhood in Downtown Indianapolis — and with the help of his nephew, Charlie McIntosh, started production in Amelia’s Bakery.

The space Amelia’s occupied was big — big enough, in fact, to house more than just a bakery. So Tom brought in his son, Edward Battista, and Chef Abbi Merriss, and together they dreamed up a restaurant that would take the same artisanal approach to food that Amelia’s did to bread. They called it Bluebeard, after a book by Indianapolis native Kurt Vonnegut.

Bluebeard opened in 2012. In its first year, it became a James Beard Award semi-finalist for Best New Restaurant in America. Inspired by global cuisine yet firmly grounded by strong Indiana roots, chef Alan Sternberg was a James Beard two-time Rising Star Chef of the Year Semifinalist in the 2016 & 2018 Restaurant and Chef Awards. With an eye for design and an application for local ingredients, Alan has become known for creative food that is as beautiful as it is delicious. His modern take on Midwestern cuisine has been featured in many publications throughout the country.

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Fletcher Place

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A designated Cultural District just southeast of downtown Indianapolis, hip Fletcher Place captures the essence of Indianapolis's evolving urban landscape. The neighborhood features tree-lined streets lined with beautifully restored Victorian-era homes, showcasing architectural diversity and character. In addition to its historic charm, this neighborhood is adjacent to trendy Fountain Square and boasts some of the city's most popular hot spots. Residents enjoy strolling along Virginia Avenue, the neighborhood's main thoroughfare, where eclectic restaurants, artisanal coffee shops, boutiques, and art galleries remain bustling day and night. Fletcher Place also enjoys easy access to downtown attractions, including Lucas Oil Stadium and Gainbridge Fieldhouse, making it a desirable destination for urban living with a neighborhood feel.

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