Brugge Brasserie opened last week in the heart of Broad Ripple Village, where four of the partners in this new brewpub grew up and graduated from Broad Ripple High School in 1987.
Abraham Rubin Hercules Benrubi, Eli Schloss and husband and wife Shannon and Ted Miller celebrate the opening of their new pub.
Abraham Rubin Hercules Benrubi, Eli Schloss and husband and wife Ted and Shannon Miller celebrated the opening of their Belgian-styled restaurant featuring home-brewed Belgian ales and food last Thursday night with a private party for friends and family.
"The Miller boys were the first kids I knew in the neighborhood," Abe, a film and TV actor best recognized for his longtime role as Jerry Markovic on ER, said, referring to brothers Mark, Doug and his business partner Ted.
"I sat right behind him [in Western Civilization class in high school]," Abe then said of Eli. "He used to bring these hot, fresh loaves of French bread and Laughing Cow cheese to class and I would always mooch off him."
Now the two pals can indulge their taste buds in Brugge's signature crepes made á la minute (doesn't pan roasted Indiana duck breast with sweet onion confit sound delicious?), pickled herring, Waterzooi Belgian fish stew and a cold glass of Wit Tripel Belgian Pale ale to wash it all down.
"I'm not a beer drinker at all and I find that [Wit Tripel Belgian Pale] to be really tasty and refreshing," Abe said, glass in hand. "It's got a bunch of spices in it. Bitter orange peels and cardamom."
He moved to L.A. shortly after graduating to pursue acting. His most recent movie role was in Miss Congeniality Two, where he co-stars alongside William Shatner and Sandra Bullock. "The fantasy image of Broad Ripple that I retain is of all these mom and pop restaurants and little boutiquey stores. It's interesting what's happened to Broad Ripple."
He cited the Bungalow and Monon Coffee as being among those neighbor-owned, independent businesses that have endured. "So, I think Brugge fits into that. It's a mom and pop. Ted and Shannon have kids, and, weirdly enough, we're the mom and pops now."
Abe, Eli, Shannon and Ted join the list of BRHS 1987 grads that have opened successful and much-loved neighborhood businesses. Classmate David Allee owns the Jazz Kitchen while Matt Elliott, Kevin Matalucci, Tim Micheli and Joe Walters own Northside News and Café at the intersection of 54th Street and College Avenue.
"It's so weird to see all the boys come up and be the adults of the city and the business owners ... chasing the punk kids out of their stores like we used to get chased out of stores. Pretty funny."
Brugge Brasserie is located at 1011 E. Westfield Blvd. on the Monon Trail. Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 a.m., Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m.1:30 a.m. and closed Sunday.