• Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: On Tour

    The La Tour dining room in all of its swanky seventies glory. (Image: eBay) Valentine’s Day has come and gone. Many a couple enjoyed a romantic dinner downtown on the holiday of love. Wonder what...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: Hamming it Up

    Indy natives believe that Shapiro’s is the first, last and only name in delicatessen dining. First timers may walk away disappointed, however, if they are craving a certain Hoosier-beloved ham sandwich. No Kosher deli worth its salt would...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: Snack Time

    An unfortunate truth about downtown Indianapolis streetscapes is the “missing teeth” in what was once a picture-perfect urban smile. Suburbanization took its toll, particularly in the once-bustling retail districts. One stretch that remained noticeably neglected, even after...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: Third Time’s a Charm?

    This is a patch that a Frisch’s carhop would have worn during the Fifties and Sixties. (Image: eBay) Some sizable restaurant news hit this past fall. The CEO of the Atlanta-based company that bought the...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: Flying Around the Track

    Indy has been abuzz about aviation in the news this past week. First, the ultimately aborted downtown ‘buzz-by’ from a Boeing 747, which featured locally produced Rolls-Royce engines. Second, and perhaps the bigger news, was...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: Indy’s Once Favorite Pasta

    Shorter and colder days, increase cravings for comfort food. And comfort food means everybody’s favorite carb group: pasta dishes. Unfortunately, Indy doesn’t have ethnically named enclaves like other culture-rich cities. No “Little Italy,” “Little Tokyo,”...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: The Marion Political Party!

    Did you do your civic duty on Tuesday by voting? Unfortunately, it looks as if many people skipped the polls. Nevertheless, Joe Hogsett will become the 22nd Democrat to hold the Mayor’s Office in Indianapolis. Many feel uncomfortable...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: Relaxing at Fireside

    Indianapolis is a ‘meat and potatoes’ type of town. That tends to happen when you’re located some 600 miles from the nearest coastline. That’s why it’s not too hard to see why many of the...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: Indy Ghost Stories

    As we approach that spookiest of holidays, the subject of haunted places and ghost stories always come up. Whether you are a believer or skeptic, it’s always interesting to reflect on the history and reasoning...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: We’ve Got Next

    Tonight the Indiana Fever will try to extend its quest for a second WNBA Championship. Although women’s team sports have struggled throughout history to gain traction, the winning ways and intense game day environment have helped the...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: There Goes the Theater

    The building once housing the Savoy Theater was still standing as of 2012. Have you ever driven down a street for the first time in years and realized something doesn’t quite look the same? A...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: That’s the Spirit!

    It’s easy to pick out an out-of-towner at the grocery store on a Sunday. Often times he or she will walk confidently up to the cash register holding a six-pack of beer or a bottle of...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: Football Fantasies

    This simple black and white press guide introduced the Capitols during their championship season. (Image: Amazon) Monday night kicks off another exciting slate of home games for the Indianapolis Colts. The nation’s eyes will be...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: A Lost Oasis

    Sometimes you just can’t stop “progress.” As the sprawl of Indianapolis spreads further past the boundaries of Marion County, small, independent communities are being gobbled up, their identities lost. Today, t appears that this phenomenon...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: It’s Fun to Stay

    You can certainly see the result of residential growth when driving around downtown Indianapolis and encountering numerous construction sites. All of these new people will certainly need more places to shop, eat, and play. A...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: In the Woods

    This postcard shows how the Pennsylvania Hotel would have looked shortly after opening. (Image: eBay) Why would anyone want to surround a beautiful historic building with a brick wall separating the occupants from the rest...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: All’s Fair

    August brings about a favorite tradition amongst Hoosiers. Every year nearly one million people descend on the Indiana State Fairgrounds in the capitol city to celebrate the agricultural spirit of the State of Indiana. If...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: A Night on the Circle

    Monument Circle is always a pleasant place to take a stroll on a summer evening. The center of the city is always bustling with people enjoying the picturesque surroundings. Despite the great location, there isn’t...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: Saint vs. Saint

    Even those who know little about Indianapolis are likely familiar with that “saintly” steakhouse on Illinois Street that has been serving up massive chops and fiery shrimp cocktails since 1902. Today there is no shortage...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: This week in Indianapolis 1965

    If you happen to see some superheroes or gunslingers walking around this weekend, please, have no fear. It’s time for the 48th annual Gen Con to kick off in Indianapolis, meaning downtown will be full of...

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