Cafe Patachou, Amelia’s Bread Among Four Tenants Lined Up For Revamped Stutz – Indianapolis Business Journal


New York-based SomeraRoad Inc. purchased the Stutz Motor Car Co. factory complex on the northwest corner of North Capitol Avenue and 10th Street in 2021. (IBJ Photo/Dave Lindquist)

Four tenants, including new locations for Cafe Patachou and Amelia’s Bread, plan to open this year at the historic Stutz Motor Car Co. factory complex in Indianapolis.

SomeraRoad Inc., a New York-based company that acquired the property in 2021 for $25.8 million, confirmed Friday that the four businesses will open on the ground floors of two Stutz buildings closest to the intersection. from North Capitol Avenue and 10th Street.

Built in phases beginning in 1911, the Stutz complex, 1060 N. Capitol Ave., is made up of seven buildings that take up an entire city block. SomeraRoad intends to initially spend approximately $57 million to renovate the property to accommodate new retail uses, coworking spaces, event space, and a fitness and lifestyle center.

The first Cafe Patachou opened on 49th and Pennsylvania streets in 1989, and owner Martha Hoover has since expanded her restaurant business, Patachou Inc., to 13 restaurants of various concepts, including five existing Cafe Patachou locations, two Napoleonic restaurants and two Public Greens Bistros. and Champagne Bars.

At Stutz, Café Patachou will be a 3,000 square foot restaurant.

Amelia’s Bread opened in 2015 as a complementary bakery next to the Bluebeard restaurant in the Holy Rosary neighborhood. A second Amelia’s, 1637 Nowland Ave., opened in the Windsor Park neighborhood. At Stutz, Amelia will occupy 1,800 square feet.

Also in preparation for the Stutz:

  • Barista Parlor, a Nashville, Tennessee cafe that has grown to seven locations since its founding in 2012. The Stutz location, planned for 2,600 square feet, will be the first Barista Parlor in Indianapolis.
  • VisionLoft Events, planned for 7,000 square feet. In an email interview, VisionLoft co-owner Julie Johnston said the space would be used for weddings and corporate events.

In addition to using indoor space, the four tenants will have outdoor capacity in a courtyard in the Stutz, said acquisitions director of SomeraRoad Basel Bataineh.

“We received a vote of confidence from four amazing small business owners choosing to grow their business in the Stutz,” Bataineh said. “I think they see a vision of a single rehabilitated and modernized building.”

Bataineh said buildings such as the Stutz, where engineer and automotive designer Harry C. Stutz built luxury cars until the Great Depression, represent the future of commercial real estate.

“People love historic buildings with unique architecture,” he said. “The Stutz has a lot of those things.”

The Stutz sat idle for decades, until local businessman Turner Woodard resurrected it as a business center in the early 1990s. Woodard sold the building, which eventually became home of dozens of art studios, at SomeraRoad.


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