Indianapolis Monthly September 2020

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life of pie

If you had shown up to my house on a Saturday night when I was a teenager, chances are you were there for a slice of my dad’s homemade pizza. He typically had the makings of four or five pies, yet somehow he quietly served wave after wave of family, friends, and the uninvited. He was like Jesus feeding the multitudes, but with pepperoni and sausage. With a name like Rubino, you might think pizza-making was coded into his DNA. But Dad is as German as he is Italian, neither of his parents ever lifted a single anchovy, and he made his real dough as the president of a company that manufactured office furniture. Still, he is a great self-taught home chef, and his reputation as a genuine eye-talian pizza man…

hot topic

On the 25th anniversary of Circle Centre (p. 11), our staff recalls the businesses there they miss most. “Doubleday Book Shop, where I worked part-time. I was off the night Michael Jackson came in after-hours and bought bags of books for his kids.”—MEGAN FERNANDEZ, DIRECTOR OF EDITORIAL OPERATIONS“California Pizza Kitchen. It was one of the few places to grab a bite downtown late at night when I first moved to Indy.”—TODD URBAN, DESIGN DIRECTOR“The short-lived but spectacularly named Cup of Corn.”—DANIEL COMISKEY, DEPUTY EDITOR“Nordstrom. But my wallet is happy it’s gone.”—LAURA KRUTY, SPECIAL PROJECTS EDITOR“I miss dancing into the wee hours at World Mardi Gras. At closing time, it was chaos as people crammed the escalators to the parking garages.”—JULIA SPALDING, DINING EDITOR…


Ebony Chappel Freelance writer Ebony Chappel has leaned on comedy to get through the pandemic. So her piece about Hoosiers on Cameo (p. 14) includes plenty of satire. When it comes to non-Hoosiers she’d love to get a Cameo from, LeVar Burton tops her list. “Something in his voice makes me feel like this world isn’t a complete dumpster fire,” she says. Chappel is the former editor of the Indianapolis Recorder. Ryan Johnson When he’s not illustrating for clients such as The New Yorker, freelance artist Ryan Johnson enjoys painting outside. That has been harder with the recent stay-at-home orders. So Johnson feels some empathy for the lonely monkeys at the Indianapolis Zoo that are the subject of his illustration this month (p. 16). “I took some inspiration from my own life on…


“Very cool to be one of the 200 Voices. Even cooler when I see how many other incredible people are part of the mix.”—LEAH NAHMIAS, via Twitter“I loved seeing Jeffrey Tompkins’s answer about the accessibility of city leaders here. It’s a thing that makes us special.”—BRANDON EVANS, via Twitter“So many great people on this cover.”—JONATHAN SCOTT, via Facebook“This is beautiful. Missing home a little more than usual today.”—ALDEN WOODS, via Twitter WHAT WORD DESCRIBES INDIANAPOLIS BEST AT 200? LOOK FOR OUR NEXT POLL ON TWITTER. FOLLOW US @INDYMONTHLY FOR DETAILS. 37% Hospitable. We live up to our reputation as great hosts. 19% Cautious. Always waiting for another city to try it first. 11% Scrappy. We never let our size or location limit our ambitions. 33% Segregated. The racial divide continues to haunt us. ##ICYMI Our online stories you…

circle centre

CIRCLE CENTRE MISSED ITS MOMENT. When Mayor William Hudnut pitched the idea of a downtown mall to the Simon brothers in 1977, mallrats were a thriving breed. By September 1995, when Circle Centre opened, the indoor mall boom was over. BUT IT STARTED OUT PROMISING. In 1979, Melvin Simon & Associates unveiled a plan for a $100 million shopping mecca between Meridian Street and Capitol Avenue that would connect the two retail titans of downtown, L.S. Ayres & Co. and William H. Block Co. Hudnut saw Circle Centre as a crucial part of his vision for a vibrant downtown—along with a convention center, hotels, and a stadium for a potential NFL team. SO WHAT TOOK 16 YEARS? Property squabbles, funding shortages, and a recession in 1990. But buildings had already been torn down and large…

mass ave dining

Feeling lazy? You can still park at the north end of the 300 and 400 blocks. The 800 block remains open. It would be a shame to wait for a vaccine to try Slapfish’s lobster roll. A QR code is the new paper menu. BYO pen to sign a receipt. Optional but nice. If you want to dine al fresco, walk and look for a restaurant with tables spaced well apart. Bakersfield has a good tent for inclement weather. Don’t just sit down at an open table outside. Go to the hostess. Nine Irish Brothers serves drinks in plastic glasses so you can leave anytime and take the Guinness with you. Mask on before standing up from the table. Make some time for the shops with the Black Lives Matter…