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Breakfast Series/The Future of Food: Perspectives from Leaders in Indy’s Thriving Restaurant Scene

January 18, 2018
7:30 am - 9:15 am
Indiana Landmarks Center
1201 Central Avenue
Indianapolis, 46202 United States
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Patty Coyle Locke


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From being called a “rising star of the Midwest” by Food & Wine magazine to appearing as one of Conde Nast Traveler’s “Six cities to watch” because of its burgeoning food scene, Indianapolis is building a reputation centered on restaurants.

At our inaugural 2018 Breakfast Series program at the historic Indiana Landmarks, leading voices from Indy’s exciting restaurant scene will discuss national trends and local dynamics shaping the design and development of restaurants today. Panelists include:

Martha Hoover, Owner, Patachou, Inc.
As a former sex crimes prosecutor, Martha Hoover had excellent, if unorthodox, training for the restaurant business. Without even one day spent working in the restaurant industry, she created a successful collection of 12 establishments—Cafés Patachou, Petite Chou Bistro, Napolese Pizzeria, Public Greens, Bar One Fourteen—and newly-opened Crispy Bird. In 1989, Hoover used premium ingredients, prepared from scratch, and partnered with local vendors and farmers—unheard of at that time. Today, Patachou supports more Indiana family farms than all the other restaurants in Indianapolis combined. In the coming year, Hoover, a three-time James Beard Award semifinalist, plans to open two new Public Greens locations and The Box Office, a women’s co-working space. In 2013, Hoover created The Patachou Foundation, which, to date, has fed over 60,000 nutritious meals to Indianapolis children who live with food insecurity.




Don Degnan, President and CEO, The Kitchen Restaurant Group
Don Degnan is president and CEO of The Kitchen Restaurant Group, which has two restaurant concepts: The Kitchen (an elevated farm-to table bistro concept) and Next Door (a more affordable version that has become a gathering place for millennials and young families). Don is also a founding Board Member of The Kitchen Community. The Kitchen Community puts Learning Gardens in schools around the country to help connect kids to food. Prior to joining The Kitchen, Don most recently was a Partner at Holland & Hart LLP, where he chaired the firm’s intellectual property practice. Don worked his way through school working in restaurants from the age of 16. Don holds an MBA from the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business and a JD degree from the University of Iowa College of Law.


Bryan Chandler, President, Eclipse Real Estate
Bryan Chandler is president of Eclipse Real Estate, an Indianapolis-based commercial real estate firm that seeks to have a positive impact on the clients they serve, the neighborhoods in which they invest, and the people who live there. Eclipse engages in real estate brokerage, development, and investment and works with large national restaurants and retailers, as well as locally owned businesses. In addition, Eclipse represents small developers and nationally known real estate investors, engaging with local planners, neighborhood groups, and city government. Bryan has over 25 years of commercial real estate experience. At Eclipse, his primary focus is on tenant representation and real estate investments.


Catherine Esselman, Real Estate Director, Downtown Indy
Catherine Esselman works with developers, brokers and tenants to promote the success of downtown Indianapolis and explores opportunities for investment. She also helps to maintain a comprehensive project list on current and future downtown developments and advocates for downtown residents, workforce and member businesses. Prior to DII, she brokered deals in downtown Indy as well as leasing lifestyle centers for DDR. Catherine has been a resident of Fountain Square since 2008 and enjoys eating out at local restaurants any chance she gets!




7:30am – 8:00am – Continental Breakfast and Networking
8:00am – 9:00 am – Presentation and Q & A


ULI Members: $20; $10 Under 35 or Public/academic/non-profit; $5 Students
General Public: $50; $40 Under 35 or Public/academic/non-profit; $10 Students

Sponsors and Public Agencies eligible for complimentary registrations – watch your email for discount code.


Advance registration is open through January 16. After that date, please plan to register on-site. On-site registrants will not have a pre-printed name badge.


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