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Goodbye, South Side Ryan’s March 13, 2016

Posted by Kenny Norman in news, south.
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Four years ago, when Old Country Buffet closed, I fled to Ponderosa. Tonight, March 13, 2016, as Ryan’s closed, I did the same thing. I can’t believe it. The last Ryan’s in Indianapolis is closed! I’m upset tonight. Fourth restaurant I’ve lost this year so far! The west side one at 35th & Lafayette Road closed in (I think) 1996, the north side one at 65th & Keystone closed in (I think) October 1999, and the east side one at 10th & Shadeland closed on (I know) January 7, 2015. I was hoping the south side one would stick around, as they had a decent clientele and the employees were friendly and kept the place fairly clean.The signs were still on, the restaurant was fully furnished, and the door was only locked from the outside. I’m willing to bet this happened recently, and because one of my friends said she ate there last weekend, I think I’m onto something. Their parent company, Ovation Brands, has filed for bankruptcy three times since 2008, taking a restaurant with them each time. The first time, January 19, 2012, they took the south side Old Country Buffet. The second time, on January 7, 2015, they took the east side Ryan’s. This left the south side Ryan’s as the last Ovation Brands property in Indianapolis. Now, I look on Ovation Brands’ website, and their only property left in the state is the Old Country Buffet in Highland. There are no more Ryan’s in Indiana.

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