Indianapolis Monthly January 2021

Indianapolis Monthly has become central Indiana’s premier general-interest publication—the Circle City’s essential chronicle and guide, an indispensable authority on what’s new, what’s news, and what people are talking about. Whether covering crime, politics, business, sports, or arts and entertainment, Indianapolis Monthly sets the standard for editorial excellence in the state.

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eye opener

When I first joined the magazine almost 13 years ago, we ran an ill-advised, self-mocking cover story on chain restaurants, ranking things like starchy fries and dreary appetizers from the deep-fried, culturally appropriated section of laminated menus. It might have worked if it hadn’t been so on the nose. That’s not to say creative types weren’t doing cool things then. They were. But this was back in the days before shopping and eating and drinking local was a badge of civic pride embraced by the community at large. And in that pre–Sun King era, there just wasn’t the density of great homecooked businesses—especially in the hospitality sector—that we have recently enjoyed. One sign that better things were on the way was the mushrooming of independent coffee shops and roasters who, along with…

renewed interest

As Bottleworks debuts this month in the old Coca-Cola building (p. 11), we asked our staffers what crumbling local landmark they would like to see resurrected. “I’d still love to see the GM Stamping Plant transformed into a gateway to the west side of the city. I envision a nature walk and pedestrian bridge connecting it to the river, and various residential options grouped around a small hub of retail and culture.”—TODD URBAN, DESIGN DIRECTOR“The old airport. Make it a combination art park and recreation area where you can rent a bike, roller skates, or a scooter and cruise around to check out the installations.”—MEGAN FERNANDEZ, DIRECTOR OF EDITORIAL OPERATIONS“The Ritz Theatre at 34th and Illinois. Few exteriors are so ornate, and the neighborhood could use the help.”—DANIEL COMISKEY, DEPUTY EDITOR…


Susan Salaz After watching the film Argo recently, freelance writer Susan Salaz felt compelled to reacquaint herself with the details of the Iran Hostage Crisis—especially the fate of Hoosier hostage Rick Kupke (p. 16). “Rick talked about being confined indoors while in captivity and how much he missed seeing the sky,” Salaz says. “That’s relatable right now, and his resilience is a message for all of us, even 40 years later.” Scott Soltys-Curry By day, freelance writer Scott Soltys-Curry is a product designer for a startup in Zionsville. By night, he runs the Indianapolis Coffee Guide, an Instagram page (@indianapoliscoffee), website (, and mobile app. So he was a natural collaborator for this month’s cover feature (p. 64). “My goal has always been to get everyone to love local coffee as much as…


“This article tells the fascinating story of how Bob came to WIPB.”—PAUL POTEET, via Twitter“I love this. Growing up in Muncie, I always felt Bob’s presence.”—JENNIFER HATHAWAY, via Twitter“My youngest daughter loved Bob Ross.”—CYNTHIA STUTZMAN, via Facebook“Cool! I didn’t know the show was filmed in Muncie.”—JAMES CHENAULT, via Facebook WHICH CELEBRITY’S HOOSIER BONA FIDES GET OVERLOOKED MOST? Drop Dead Funny Philip Gulley’s October column on funerals was great. I was riding to a cemetery with an undertaker once. I said to him, “You ever notice how everybody who dies is a wonderful person? You never see anyone get up and say, ‘This guy lived like hell and probably went there.’” He told me that does happen. Then he regaled me with other hilarious funeral stories. I laughed until I cried, then I had…

pop the cork

Bottleworks WHY ALL THE BUZZ ABOUT THIS BOTTLEWORKS PLACE? Because it’s setting the bar for preservation and “adaptive reuse” projects in the city. Indy is flush with adaptive reuse projects: the Biltwell, the Tube Factory, the 1899, Stadium Loft s, Tinker House. The difference between these spots and Bottleworks, though, is that the latter is an all-encompassing live-work-play destination. It reimagines the former Coca-Cola Bottling Plant, a prime example of Art Deco architecture. Its terra cott a exterior was painstakingly restored, and in a video documenting the restoration, Hendricks Commercial Properties CEO Rob Gerbitz says, “We only get one chance to do it right. It’s going to cost us more money, but we’re doing it right, and it’s going to last forever.” WILL BOTTLEWORKS BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN MASS AVE AND EAST…

pokagon state park

In a normal year, 90,000 people seek out a joyride on this track near Fort Wayne. Go early. You drove too far to take just one ride. So, hopefully, you came in a truck. The sled can weigh up to 45 pounds, and you carry it a quarter-mile from the end back to the start. Between longer lines and a run that can hit 42 miles per hour, it gets chilly. Layer, and bring a thermos and snacks to warm up your wait. Looking for an exhilarating whoosh? The front feels the speediest and rides the smoothest. The more, the merrier—heavy toboggans move faster. Shop purchases benefit the park. Splurge a little on a hat or reusable mask. Not only are masks required, so are gloves. Don’t be afraid—no one has…