By Rick Sutton
INDIANAPOLIS – Popular eatery English Ivy’s changed hands this summer, and you’ll see a new menu soon, too.
Operating partner Danny Scotten is part of a three-person ownership group that purchased the bar and restaurant.
“I’m most excited about the new menu we’ll start,” he said in a recent interview. “We hope our customers like it too.”
The menu changed on July 25.
“I needed some time to evaluate what would work,” Scotten said. “We’ll try this new menu now. It will have some seasonal additions, too.”
Scotten has over two decades of experience in the restaurant and bar industry. Most recently, he was general manager of Loughmiller’s Pub in downtown Indianapolis. He had prior experience at DC Pub in Zionsville and 10th St. Pub on the Indy eastside. His business partners have extensive industry experience, too: Dave Prudhomme has multiple restaurants to his credit – Mad Mushroom, 1001 Food/Drink, Free Spirit and Joe’s Grill at Castleton; and Ryan Nally is a partner in some of Prudhomme’s pubs, and also has a construction business.
To quell any rumors in the LGBT community, Scotten confirmed the name won’t change.
“We like English Ivy as a name,” he said. “There’s no reason to change it.” And the LGBT culture won’t change either: “We know this is a social bar and restaurant. That’s what customers want. We may add a couple of TVs in the dining room for Colts games, but we won’t become a sports bar. We will continue in the same overall theme we are now using.”
The new menu will be sandwich-heavy, “but we’ll still have full meals,” Scotten noted. “We paid close attention to what customers have been ordering and asking for. I think we’ve put together a good new menu. I’m anxious to see customers’ reactions.”
English Ivy’s is a well-established LGBT destination. Scotten hopes to streamline the menu and continue to cater to the community’s needs.
“The changes are (an attempt to) respond to customers’ requests and suggestions. We will not change some things, but others might. For instance, I want to open up the (east) wall and put in some windows. It’ll be brighter and that should be attractive to customers.”