Beloved 24-hour Diner Peppy’s Reopens

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When most of us think of Fountain Square, Peppy’s Grill is surely one of the first places that come to mind. It has been a Fountain Square staple since 1949 for cheap, late-night delights.

In 2018, Peppy’s began to struggle due to health code violations and aging facilities. When it closed last November, many were devastated. As of September 13th, however, it is up, running, and ready to dish out old favorites… with some minor adjustments.

Brighton Dube, one of the new co-owners, said these changes are a result of listening to customers’ feedback and Fountain Square’s changing scenery. He and his business partner Hai Duong want to restore it to its former glory.

Peppy’s new facelift is subtle from a distance, as the exterior has been preserved with it’s blue and white color scheme and “Hamburgs” sign. On the opening night, there was a DJ outside, and beer and wine have been added to the menu. We’re now looking at a more energetic establishment.

Inside, everything is completely different from floor to ceiling. The old, slightly cramped wooden booths are gone, there are new floors and a bar, and you’re no longer able to observe your Peppy’s fry-cook cracking eggs onto a hot griddle. It’s more spacious and modern.

“We want to maintain the spirit of Peppy’s,” Dube said, “but also modernize it slightly.” 

He added that the menu will remain mostly the same, but with some healthier additions based on customer requests.

It’s thrilling to see this place reopen with a refreshed look for its loyal employees and regulars. With so many changes occurring in Fountain Square, it’s nice to know that nostalgic places like Peppy’s stand the test of time. The city of Indianapolis is happy to have this gem back in its lives. 


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