You may have seen him on Saturday mornings, roaming the Market in search of the best produce for some fabulous meal he is planning to prepare. Or you may have met him at a fund-raising event for the BRFM; always with a big smile on his face. He has been a long-time supporter of the Broad Ripple Farmers Market and a dedicated volunteer. He is restaurateur Peter George, and he has just opened a new restaurant with his partner Thomas Main — Tinker Street restaurant and wine bar.
From the early ’80s, Peter has been ahead of his time in serving up local farm-to-table fare. Many local chefs and participants in the Indy food scene have gotten their start in a Peter George establishment over the years. (See Liz Biro’s article in the Star for a full report on the new restaurant including Peter George’s restaurant history.) And now he is ahead of the curve again in opening a classy, but friendly eatery at E. 16th and New Jersey in the Herron-Morton Place neighborhood.
Market Master Barbara Wilder attended the soft opening recently and went back again last week. “Peter and Tom did a really nice job. The indoor and outdoor spaces are both very appealing. The atmosphere is welcoming,” Barbara said. “Folks were dining in the plastic-enclosed and heated outdoor space (it will be open air in the summer). The staff are well trained and very pleasant. The food is well done and affordable – nothing over $20. I especially liked the Butternut Squash Bisque with coconut milk and basil marshmallow. The wine list is not too long, but has great variety – and four beers on tap.” (See the menu and more on their website here.)
It’s great to see more restaurants in Indy using local food and it is always good to see a new place open up with good food, good service, and good prices. And finally, it is wonderful to have a new Peter George restaurant available for our dining pleasure. Tinker Street is definitely worth checking out! Tell Peter we sent you.