Next Door American Eatery, 4573 N. College Ave., rebranded as ND streetBar earlier this year. (Photo courtesy of Google Maps)
Following a pandemic shutdown, an announced closure, a reversal of that decision and then a renamed name, the Indianapolis restaurant formerly known as Next Door American Eatery is no longer in operation at the intersection of 46th Street and of College Ave.
Known as ND streetBar since February, the restaurant served its end customers on June 18.
“As with our peers in the restaurant industry, we have faced ongoing challenges in the areas of hiring and the supply chain, which has caused us to close our doors,” said Sam Hallak, COO of The Kitchen Restaurant Group, in a statement provided to IBJ.
Hallak said all staff members have been offered severance pay.
“We recognize their tremendous contributions in this difficult climate,” he said. “We appreciate our loyal customers and employees who have supported us over the past four years, and our goal is to return to the Indianapolis market in the near future.”
The Kitchen Restaurant Group, co-founded in 2004 by Kimbal Musk, younger brother of tech billionaire Elon Musk, continues to operate four ND streetBar locations in Colorado: Boulder, Eastbridge, Fort Collins and Denver.
The Indianapolis Restaurant at 4573 N. College Ave. opened in 2018.
The Next Door restaurant chain temporarily closed during the pandemic and some of its establishments never reopened. In March 2020, in an email to the “Next Door Indy Family”, Musk wrote that the company would permanently close four Next Door locations, including the one in Indianapolis. He added that the four Next Door locations were “already struggling to be profitable”.
But the owners changed their minds at the Indianapolis site and reopened in July 2021 in the building that previously housed a 7-Eleven convenience store and a Double 8 grocery store.
The rebranding to ND streetBar focused on “a new menu of easy-to-drink plates and cocktails inspired by street food carts around the world.”