The Indianapolis Colts Grille has officially closed. The downtown Indianapolis restaurant lasted nearly six years before finally shutting its doors on the fourth of July.
The restaurant was a partnership between the G.R.E.A.T. Grille Group (g3 Restaurants) and the Indianapolis Colts. The NFL-themed restaurant was the first of its kind when it opened shortly before the 2011 football season, and it was closely followed behind by the Houston Texans Grille in November of 2011.
Both restaurants have since closed.
The Houston Texans Grille closed earlier this year due to the inability to pay rent. There is no official word on why the Colts Grille shut down, but sources say g3 Restaurants likely came under more financial trouble. Same-store sales slid year over year the past several years.
The Colts Grille opened the season Peyton Manning hurt his neck and never played a game. Like the team, the restaurant struggled in 2011, but bounced back the following years, but more recently found it difficult to main quality service and food. The restaurant decorated with Colts memorabilia would often be busy on game days, but struggled to fill the restaurant during non-gamedays.
The G.R.E.A.T. Grille Group went through a management and ownership turnover in 2014 when one of the founding owners and the Director of Operations left the company to start their own concept. As a replacement, the company hired Marc Buehler from Fox & Hounds with previous stops at Champps, O’Charley’s, and Kona Grill. The transition did not produce the anticipated results with sales declining across the entire company, two restaurants shut down, and one in bankruptcy. Buehler since moved on to become CEO of Dick’s Last Resort in March.
The G.R.E.A.T. Grille Group also own Eddie George’s Grille 27 (Columbus, OH), Jerome Bettis’ Grille 36 (Pittsburgh, PA) and the previously mentioned Hail & Hog Kitchen + Tap.