Hidden Gems in the Near Eastside

To support businesses in the Near Eastside, we recently conducted a small business survey to provide an overview of area businesses and identify next steps for NEAR to continue engaging with the individuals that make the Near Eastside a one-of-a-kind place to work, live, and play.

By asking restaurant owners the right questions, we can gain more insight into how to help the Near Eastside thrive as much as possible. How many employees does each business employ? Do these employees live in the area? Are most customers coming from the neighborhood or traveling from other areas?  We are also in the process of creating a Near Eastside Business Association to have like-minded individuals meet on a more regular basis.

In addition, we have created the Near Eastside Guide, an online site/app that highlights many of the eateries, coffee shops, pubs, and antique and thrift shops across the community. The guide includes addresses, hours, and live links to websites for more information. We encourage residents, area employees, and consumers to sign up on the site or via the NEAR website to periodically receive updates on events and specials.

This resource is a cooperative effort of NEAR, Englewood CDC, and the IndyEast Promise Zone Buy IndyEast Task Force to introduce Hoosiers to the countless options in the area. Well-loved Indy restaurants like the Smoking Goose, the Steer-In, and Flat 12 are already on most people’s radars, but there are so many new additions to the neighborhood like Love Handle, Chuck’s Coney Island, or Neidhammer Coffee.

Jonathan Brooks, the prestigious James Beard Award nominated chef and owner of Milktooth, is currently working on his newest endeavor, which will be in the old Woodruff Place Service Center Auto Shop. The Near Eastside is now a bustling destination for foodies looking for one-of-a-kind culinary experiences.

If you’re interested in learning more about NEAR’s offerings, contact Susan Vogt, Director of Economic Development for NEAR, at