Fountain Square’s business district has come quite a long way since my first visit less than a decade ago. There is much more to the neighborhood than restaurants, but they are a decent indicator of the change that has taken place there. If I recall correctly, here is a list of the restaurants that were around on that first visit:
Santorini’s, in the building across from Fountain Square Theatre
Fountain Square Diner
A place called Something Different
J.S. Reutz Café (which has re-opened on Prospect 7 years later)
That 936 Bistro place where Siam Square is now
That’s all I can think of at this moment, but I’m sure I’m missing something. Regardless, listing all of the eateries that are in Fountain Square presently is almost a silly idea.
There seems to be a palpable sense of optimism in the square. How many other places in town can you eat a fantastic mid-priced meal (in last Friday’s case, Santorini’s), then hit up a contemporary art museum displaying the architecture of Indy’s home grown Modernist, head upstairs to listen to a hip hop DJ, and then across the street to a Caberet? The answer to that is zero. It’s all happening in Fountain Square.