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Photographer: Kerch Creative

Walking through the door, visitors immediately view a huge blackboard with graphics announcing local sources of ingredients along with the establishment’s social media handles. Each wood top table sports a set of small glasses and a tall carafe of water as well as a view of the coffee bar producing lattes and cappuccinos. Is this a café on Mass Avenue in Indianapolis? No, it’s actually the newest Le Peep Restaurant in Central Indiana, located just north of 106th Street and Michigan Road at 4400 Weston Pointe Drive.

Kristen Merritt, Director of Marketing for Le Peep Restaurants of Indiana explains why this site for the company’s sixth restaurant was selected.

“We chose the location because we felt it was an untapped market and the response has been overwhelmingly positive,” she says. “We are thrilled to be a part of the West Carmel & Zionsville Community.”

Specializing in breakfast, brunch and lunch, the Le Peep family of restaurants has been a presence in the Indianapolis area since 1988. The latest eatery is like an old friend that got a makeover. It’s still familiar and comfortable, but more in style with the times. The changes have come about under the recent tenure of the Pars Restaurant Group, LLC.

“Since new ownership purchased Le Peep in January of 2018, we have been revamping our menu adding fresh and healthier options, gluten-free and vegan, while retaining the fan favorites that have helped make us who we are,” Merritt says. “Our goal is also to include local purveyors whenever we can like Circle City Kombucha, Native Gluten-Free Bread and Illinois Street Food Emporium.

“Ever since we opened this new location in mid-December, traffic has been steady and non-stop,” Front of the House Manager Susan Dodson says. “People have been ordering a lot of the Avocado Toast and Monday Blues which are a stack of blueberry pancakes filled with granola and topped with blueberry compote. People are loving the new Dutch Baby Pancake but they still come in wanting the Hoosier Bread. It’s amazing. It is deep-fried dumplings rolled in cinnamon sugar and then drizzled with vanilla cream cheese icing and caramel.”

The restaurant has the capability to seat between 120 to 130 people. In warmer weather, an outside patio will accommodate an additional 20 to 30 patrons. Thanks to large floor-to-ceiling windows, the lighting is optimal for reading a book, doing a crossword puzzle or meeting friends. And, while the restaurant is still family friendly with many menu options for children, it also cultivates an adult vibe, too.

“West Carmel-Zionsville has the newest iteration of our menu as a ‘testing ground’ for new dishes such as our Dutch Baby Pancake and BananaGerm Stack,” Merritt adds. “We are hoping to roll out this menu to all locations soon. We are also excited to offer a full-service specialty coffee and juice bar as well as mimosas and Bloody Marys.”

“We are excited to be here,” Dodson says. “We get here early so we can be ready for our guests, whether they come for breakfast or even a late lunch.”

Le Peep West Carmel-Zionsville is located at 4400 Weston Pointe Drive. Give them a call at 317-344-2636 or visit them online at lepeepindy.com.

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