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Eddy Street adds three businesses

Emily Schrank | Friday, August 19, 2011

Brothers Bar and Grill, Urban Outfitters and McAlister’s Deli will open their Eddy Street Commons doors for the first time this fall.

Brothers, located on the east side of Eddy Street, is scheduled to open in October and targets college towns with their lively atmosphere and full menu, Gregory Hakanen, director of asset management at Notre Dame, said Monday.

The chain also operates locations in Bloomington, Ind., near Indiana University and in Madison, Wis., near the University of Wisconsin.

Marc Fortney, one of the Brothers’ founders, said the bar and restaurant will offer both good food and exciting nightlife to customers.

“It’s going to be a lot of booths with a big bar component,” Fortney said. “We are doing the largest tap beer selection we’ve ever done. We are going to have over 80 tap handles on draft … It’s going to be absolutely over-the-top and a first-rate establishment for Notre Dame.”

The bar and restaurant is currently hiring for its October opening, Fortney said.

“We just want to make sure we get out of the box properly … and that we can provide really great service to our customers throughout the day and the late night,” he said.

Notre Dame and Kite Realty Group, the developer for Eddy Street Commons, reached out to the franchise three years ago, Fortney said.

“They came looking for a fun and safe place for their students to be and for the community to enjoy, so I guess we fit that bill in today’s marketplace,” he said. “It’s a market that we very much want to be a part of.”

Fortney said Eddy Street Commons is a “spectacular” development for college students in the area.

“We really do think the students are very lucky to have a development so close to the campus with the different types of food options that you’ve got going on there and all the support services,” Fortney said. “It’s a very cool project, and we are very excited to see that project filled.”

The national franchise McAlister’s Deli, located on Angela Boulevard and east of the Hammes Notre Dame bookstore, is scheduled to open in September, Hakanen said.

“This high-quality deli operation founded in Oxford, Miss., [also] targets college towns and will appeal to students and area residents alike,” Hakanen said. “Construction is progressing rapidly.”

The retailer Urban Outfitters will also join the development.

“Construction on this popular store is nearing completion, and opening is anticipated in late August,” Hakanen said.

Urban Outfitters is located on the east side of Eddy Street, just south of The Mark restaurant.

Hakanen said the retail component of Eddy Street Commons has only four small storefronts left.

“Kite Realty Group is being selective in choosing the remaining tenants, including a coffee shop and a convenience store,” he said.

Development plans for a second phase of Eddy Street Commons are currently unavailable, Hakanen said.

Douglas Farmer contributed to this report.