In selecting a location for their expansion into Indy, Upland wanted to make sure they were a bit off the beaten path, specifically not competing with the bar scene in Broad Ripple. 49th and College seemed ideal to them: an up-and-coming intersection in the Meridian-Kessler neighborhood with some cool old storefronts and low rent to try out their concept. This intersection also has some other new projects in the works, with Greg Hardesty looking to open a new restaurant on the NE corner of the intersection soon, as well as preliminary plans to rebuild the NW corner with a mixed residential and retail project called The Uptown.
Upland's concept for this space is pretty simple, if hard to describe. They'll serve beer, but they're not a bar. They'll serve food, but they're not a restaurant. The best way to describe it is that they're going for the feel of a coffee shop with an emphasis on beer. You'll be able to grab a beer and relax in a funky chair or just walk in with a growler and head home to enjoy some fresh Upland beer there. Food options are not yet solidified but will include things like hot/cold sandwiches, soup, coffee and milk.
Love the furniture and decoration of bygone eras? Then you'll love the interior of this cozy space. Whether you call it "classic" or "dated", there's no doubt that the decor will get people talking and leave an impression.
One small gripe: Upland needs an awning (maybe one is in the works?). The only thing indicating what's inside the storefront is a small neon sign in a recessed window above the door. That's not very good visibility, particularly for advertising to all the cars that pass by each day. (Upland has informed us that they "will have two signs that are very visible, just closer to when actually open."
Otherwise, job well done Upland! Stay tuned -- we'll let you know when Upland plans to officially open their doors.