Downtown Indianapolis restaurants that opened during the pandemic

Downtown Indianapolis has looked a lot different during the COVID-19 pandemic with office workers and convention crowds noticeably absent for months on end, decreasing foot traffic and taking a serious toll on the local economy.

But as restrictions ease, case counts drop, and crowds return downtown, they will find some new restaurants to explore.

Although the restaurant industry was among the hardest hit by the pandemic’s economic effects — leading to huge business losses and even closures — several new downtown eateries have opened their doors in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.

As you head around downtown for work, errands or leisure, here are some of the new food and drink options you may stumble upon.

Mori Sushi (Fletcher Place)

231 S. College Ave. Suite 200,

Pork belly ramen, or tonkatsu ramen, at Mori Sushi, 231 S. College Ave., at the former Milano Inn in the Fletcher Place neighborhood of Indianapolis.

When it opened: March 2020

What they serve: The Japanese restaurant, which launched just as the COVID-19 pandemic began, forcing restaurants into take-out- and delivery-only models, offers ramen, udon, sashimi, bubble tea and hand rolls, among other Japanese dishes.

Amberson Coffee & Grocer (Fletcher Place)

401 S. College Ave.,

When it opened: June 2020

What they serve: The coffee shop and grocer’s menu features an assortment of coffee and tea beverages, baked goods and snacks. The specialty shop also sells groceries, including deli meats, cheeses, organic milk and breads.

Leviathan Bakehouse (Chatham Arch)

1101 N. College Ave.,

Leviathan Bakehouse.

When it opened: July 2020

What they serve: The bakery, which officially opened its doors in July 2020 and slowly expanded its hours and staff over the following months, sells breads, pastries, cookies, cake, sandwiches, soups, salads, coffee, and more.

The Garage Food Hall (Bottleworks District)

906 Carrollton Ave.,

When it opened: January 2021

What they serve: The Garage Food Hall, part of the newly constructed downtown Bottleworks District complex, hosts more than a dozen local food vendors and offers communal seating for patrons. The food options span the gamut and include things like poke bowls, fish and chips, burgers, coffee, reheatable vegan meals, Brazilian food, Pakistani-Indian food and ice cream.