It’s been a year of comings and goings.
Restaurants coming and going and merchants coming and going.
Recently, I learned that Noblesville siblings Carrie and Cass Courtney would be closing Courtney’s Kitchen on Logan Street across from the Hamilton County Government & Judicial Center.
Their doors close at 2 p.m. today.
If you’re reading this early morning, stop by to get your last fill of Papa C’s delicious country breakfast or BBQ chicken quesadilla, homemade pies or Cass’s tenderloin for lunch. Cass also makes amazing ice creams.
The Courtneys sure have been great stewards of our community, with their paying it forward attitude and fundraising for causes close to their hearts. I wish them well in their next chapter of life. We know they love Noblesville and the community they live in, so I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of them.
Just three days after hearing about Courtney’s Kitchen would close, I learned that Erika’s Place eatery at Union Street and Indiana 32 in Westfield would move into Courtney’s vacant space on Dec. 1. Erika’s Place will remain open in Westfield through December. The new Erika’s Place in Noblesville is expected to open in mid-January, with the same hours as the first Erika’s Place, which opened on Jackson Street in Cicero 10 years ago by co-owners Erika Cecil-Flanders, and Cheryl Hunter-Pettijohn. Erika’s Place offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, from fried bologna, biscuits and gravy and chicken and waffles to Manhattan, catfish and liver and onions.
Three other restaurants have moved into downtown spaces during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease) pandemic.
The Nesst of Noblesville, owned by Sladan and Brandy Stanisic, has recently opened at the southeast corner of Conner and Ninth streets, a space vacated by Copper Still Kitchen & Bar earlier this year. Menus for the “upscale steakhouse” feature salmon, pork chops, steak, chicken and veal. There is also a kids menu but no prices. Sladan Stanisic is former operating partner of The Capri restaurant in Indianapolis and former general manager of Ruth Chris Steakhouse in downtown St. Louis.
The Bica Cafe has opened just east on Conner Street in a space vacated by The Hamilton Restaurant. Not long after Bica Cafe put up a new sign and opened its doors -- with coffee, pastries and bakery items, Sunday breakfast, lunch combos, Portuguese steak sandwiches and more -- the eatery has closed temporarily due to an ill staff member.
The 9th Street Bistro, in the former location of South of Chicago Pizza and Nameless Catering and BBQ on South Ninth Street, the eatery offers a special Thanksgiving catering menu with ready-to-reheat meals for pickup next week (orders must be in by 6 p.m. Sunday), plus pop-up soup-and-bread combos on select Wednesday afternoons.
Matteo’s Ristorante Italiano on Ninth Street on the Square, which seemed to be experiencing success during the pandemic, temporarily closed due to staff members coming into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. However, Matteo’s announced on Thursday its reopening on Friday after following all Hamilton County Health Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.
Just a few doors north on Ninth Street, Noble Coffee & Tea announced over the weekend a temporary closure due to a staff member testing positive for COVID-19. Although the employee has not been to work for the prior nine days, the coffee shop owners Mark and Robyn Littler decided to close to ensure safety of staff and guests, requiring all staff to receive negative tests before returning to work. In the meantime, besides cleaning and sanitizing, the Littlers announced Thursday they’ve launched new 12 Days of Noble Coffee gift sets on the website.
Other eateries on and around the Square still include Alexander’s on the Square (which remodeled and reopened during the pandemic), Asian Grill,Greek’s Pizzeria, Grindstone Public House (which is expanding next door), Primeval Brewing (celebrating its one-year anniversary), Rosie’s Place, Syd’s Bar & Grill (which will be limiting the number of patrons allowed in the door on Nov. 25), Texy Mexy and Uptown Cafe. Jim Dandy Restaurant is just east of downtown and celebrating 56 years in business. And Ginger’s Cafe, owned by Noblesville High School graduate Mikki Perrine, is a few blocks south of the Square on 10th Street. Ginger’s is weathering the pandemic effects but “is doing fine. We haven’t closed and aren’t closing. We have not sold nor are looking to sell,” Perrine said, dispelling rumors.
The Facebook pages for both Noblesville Downtown Restaurant Association and Hamilton County Eats and Drinks offers up-to-date news on local restaurants’ menus, hours and temporary closures, as well as comings and goings.
Other comings and goings in downtown Noblesville include merchants.
Michael and Robbin Wilson’s All Local Noblesville store on Conner Street closed in July, and Shop the FlipSide apparel and clothing opened in its place in September. Same owners, new shop.
Buck’s Barbershop closed on South Ninth Street (and moved to the 1900 block of Conner Street just west of Indiana 37), and Thistle & Thyme Home Store with vintage items, home and garden decor, antiques, jewelry, gifts and holiday items,plus DIY classes, has opened in its place.
Moonshot Games has expanded, and now Moonshot Games is open inside of the Gordon Building (former Ameritrust National Bank).
Persimmon Avenue on Conner Street, just one door east of Bica Cafe, is a monthly home decor shop and is having a holiday open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Yes, there are lots of exciting comings and goings in and around downtown Noblesville. Please patronize our downtown Noblesville businesses and shop small during Small Business Saturday, which has been extended and will be celebrated all weekend, Nov. 27-29.

-Contact Betsy Reason at betsy@thetimes24-7.com.