Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

MAR-APR 2017

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Tinker Street co-owners Peter George and Thomas Main are writing their own recipe for success. Get your hands on a small, unassuming cinderblock property. Mix in fantastic food and drink, design-driven d├ęcor, a hospitality dream team and, in Festiva's case, a dash of serendipity. Both seasoned veterans within the Indianapolis restaurant scene, the duo's latest destination-dining endeavor came together much quicker and more smoothly than either could have anticipated. "We were poised to make a move with another restaurant, we just didn't know it was going to be a Mexican restaurant," George said. In fact, George and Main were actually trying to get a new Italian eatery off the ground, but kept hitting roadblocks. en the perfect storm happened. ey'd looked at the former BBQ/soul food spot on 16th Street just east of the Monon Trail back before they'd even closed on Tinker Street and liked it, but a deal never came to fruition. Fast forward to fall 2016. A chance encounter with a local contact led to a three-way liquor license, and one last attempt to reach out to the property owners paid off. Within a 24-hour period, Festiva had gone from idea to opportunity. e party officially started Dec. 17. With new businesses arriving and a wave of residential development swelling in the emerging Kennedy-King neighborhood, the timing couldn't have been better. Written by Amy Lynch Photography by Kelley Jordan FUN FARE 86

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