Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

JAN-FEB 2018

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A most welcome addition to the steakhouse-heavy northside dining scene, Provision represents yet another feather in the already amply festooned hat of the Cunningham Restaurant Group (CRG). Occupying a gorgeous big-city space on the second floor of the new Ironworks Hotel, this stylish and airy eatery sets a lofty standard for accessible upscale dining without the pretensions of any number of more aspirational establishments. Since opening the Boulder Creek Dining Company in 1997, CRG President and CEO Mike Cunningham has steadily expanded the scope of his empire to include restaurants of numerous styles and descriptions, both here and in other cities. Until recently, the concept of a restaurant group providing this kind of variety in individually designed locations was more or less unheard of in this market. Today a handful of such groups, with a range from five to 20 establishments, are steadily building a backbone that brings stability to this market. We are all the better for it. Ten years ago, a restaurant as ambitious as Provision would have been inconceivable in Indianapolis as a standalone, chef-driven operation. Today, with the heft of CRG behind the process, one of the city's finest chefs is financially equipped to venture into the rent-heavy 86th Street corridor with a degree of confidence. "CRG did not have a presence in the Keystone at the Crossing trade area and we felt it was a great opportunity to partner with such a high-level boutique hotel," explains Cunningham. "Provision was created to provide a different dining experience than was currently in the marketplace." In a departure from rigidly defined restaurants of the past (New American this, classic French that), Provision comes to the party with no specific theme. General Manager Chris Farney observes: "Mike Cunningham has provided us a unique space, unlike any the Keystone area has seen before. e most common response from our guests is that we 'offer the feel of a New York restaurant.'" Written by Neil Charles / Photography by Kelley Jordan ELEVATED AT THE IRONWOR KS Provision provides spectacular dining in new luxur y hotel 78 slmag.net

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