MRM Update: Fishers’ Culinary Accelerator Moving Forward

The “If You Build it, They Will Come” saying is playing out in the City of Fishers, Indiana as concepts are signing on at The Yard, a $40-million endeavor to establish a culinary and entertainment center along an approximately 17-acre section along the southeast corner of 116th Street and IKEA Way. The development is expected to provide a total of approximately 148,000 square feet of space for restaurants, entertainment, service and shops and green space.
Two  concepts from St. Elmo Steak House operator Craig Huse—Burger Study and 1933 Lounge—will take spots and Sun King Brewery will develop a 13,000-square-foot, specialty production craft brewery and tap room. Burger Study will take 6,000 square feet, while 1933 Lounge will occupy approximately 5,000 square feet. All are expected to open in 2019.
“Restaurants are the fabric of a community,” Huse told Modern Restaurant Management (MRM) magazine.”We’re excited to be a part of The Yard and expect our concepts will be well received and embraced by the community. We see the enthusiasm for the project.” 
Sun King’s further expansion is in part thanks to changes, spearheaded by Sun King and Three Floyds, in Indiana’s legislature in 2015 that increased barrelage limits for small breweries in the state.  The Fishers brewery will be capable of producing approximately 5,000 barrels of beer per year and will focus on developing handcrafted, distinctive specialty beers that continue to experiment with different ingredients, styles and methods.
“Sun King Brewery started in a space about the size of what we are building in Fishers, intent on experimenting with new ingredients and techniques to create what we love – delicious, quality craft beer inspired by all that is Indiana,” said Clay Robinson, co- founder of Sun King Brewery. “And while we’ve grown rapidly over the years, we remain committed to crafting the highest quality beer and are excited to open a new brewery that allows us to get back to our roots and to continue to innovate.”
Customers will be able to taste and purchase a wide variety of Sun King’s core, seasonal and specialty beers, along with spirits produced by Sun King Spirits in Carmel, on each of the brewery’s two levels, including a 3,000-foot rooftop patio. Carry-out beer will also be available and specific areas of the facility will be family friendly. The brewery will also include rental space for private and community events.
“Sun King’s new specialty brewery will be an exciting addition to the Fishers District,”
said Fisher’s Mayor Scott Fadness. “We’re incredibly proud of the collaboration between the City of Fishers and iconic Indiana businesses like Sun King Brewery that are fueling the growth of projects like the Fishers District that will attract residents and visitors, alike.”
Additional details about the Culinary Accelerator and its tenants will be released later in 2018.