Let the sorrowful loon call begin: Loon Lake Lodge closes 

I just received word that the entrancing Loon Lake Lodge has closed. Was there any restaurant more spectacular in all of Indianapolis?

First off, there was the airplane sitting on top of its roof... that's pretty spectacular.

The real treats, though, lay inside.

If you were lucky, really lucky, then nobody warned you that every 10 minutes or so, taxidermied wildlife would spring to animated movement all around you.

You could spot the animals as you came in, sitting quietly here and there, watching you.

Then all of a sudden, once you were seated and eying the menu, the room leaped to life, with animals creaking and seemingly scampering everywhere. I'm surprised there was no report of an incident where a customer pulled a gun on one of these unsuspecting beasts.

It was a little like finding yourself in a David Lynch film.

Best of all, unlike Chuckie Cheese, whose mechanical entertainers are there for your benefit, the animals at Loon Lake Lodge paid little attention to you, as if you were a visitor to their world.

Quirky setting, good food, an airplane on the roof... I grieve the passing of Loon Lake Lodge.

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Jim Poyser is Executive Director of Earth Charter Indiana, a statewide organization that was one of over two dozen nonprofit partners in Greening the Statehouse. A former managing editor of NUVO, he won HEC’s Environmentalist of the Year Award in 2013.

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