Writer / Kyle Baird
Photographer / Michael Durr
Chuy’s Tex Mex, an Austin-based restaurant chain specializing in Southern Texas and Mexico influenced cuisine, recently opened its latest location on the Northside in July. The new Chuy’s in Carmel is one of the latest installations for the franchise and will become the second Indy area location alongside Chuy’s in Noblesville. The new location is sure to draw those from the Zionsville community as well based on its proximity to the town.
“Our vision is not to be the biggest, but to be the best,” says Russell Burns, Chuy’s Carmel operating manager. “We want to be really good at what we want to do, and we want to have a great family atmosphere in each local restaurant. We want to run the restaurant like we own it and be the face of the community. Our founders and our executives understand that they are not the face of Chuy’s, but Noblesville, Carmel and our management and leadership teams in the markets are the faces to those communities.”
Originally founded in 1982 in Austin, Texas, Chuy’s has made a name for itself across the country as a chain of unique, quality Tex-Mex restaurants offering fresh meals at a reasonable price. Adhering to the mantra of, “If you’ve seen one Chuy’s, you’ve seen one Chuy’s,” each Chuy’s manages to find its own unique personality and flavor, despite there being more than 100 locations nationwide, through eclectic decorations, individualized restaurant layout and local community involvement initiatives. Along with the currently existing Noblesville location, the new Chuy’s in Carmel is excited to offer made-from-scratch Tex-Mex dishes, signature margaritas and fresh meal options to the greater Indianapolis area.
Aside from providing quality food and drinks, Chuy’s prides itself on partnering with multiple charities and nonprofits around the country to better the community and give back to the people of cities they are in. Traditionally, each Chuy’s location will partner with a local nonprofit prior to its grand opening to establish a relationship and will then have various fundraising initiatives and promotions to benefit each organization, and Chuy’s Carmel is no exception. Coming alongside the St. Vincent Foundation, Chuy’s Carmel will be working to raise money and support for Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis through initiatives in the grand opening festivities, with much of the profits made during opening celebrations going to the hospital.
“Our company has a heart for kids. The founders started that way, and it’s one of the reasons I came on board in the first place,” Burns says. “Not only can we get involved in the community and do good works, but we’re expected to. We’re partnering with Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital here, and we’ve already raised some money for them by doing events and by selling t-shirts with proceeds going to them.”
Along with the work they have already done, Chuy’s had several events planned during the opening weekend to further benefit the children’s hospital, as well as a number of fun grand opening elements that customers enjoyed.
Chuy’s boasts a rich history of quality food, flavorful drinks and meaningful community involvement, and Chuy’s looks to continue that tradition in the Carmel and Zionsville area by providing a welcome addition to the greater Indianapolis community.
The new Chuy’s is located at 10325 N Michigan Rd in Carmel. For more information, give them a call at 463-333-8338 or visit them online at chuys.com/locations/indiana/carmel.