Saturday, Oct. 9 The final night of the old Abbey Massachusetts Avenue patrons who happened by the Abbey Saturday night found Indy’s famous coffeehouse transformed into a dance party, where more than 50 people got down to booming techno music into the early hours. DJs Shiva, Cyberjive, Supergreg and Chocalate the Funky Afronaut spun hot techno while patrons enjoyed coffee and the lifted smoking ban for one last hurrah at the historic location.
This acclaimed “downtown institution” closed last Friday and will be moving to 825 N. Pennsylvania St., across from the Central Library. The historic 1930s building at College and Massachusetts Avenue, which was once a Hooks Drug Store, will be demolished. Indy Ventures and Mass. Ave. Developers LLC will begin construction on The Beilovny Luxury Condominiums. The new condos will range from 1,138 to 3,809 square feet and begin at $230,000.
The Abbey is famed for one of the largest vegetarian menus in town. Though the new location will have 400 less square feet than the old building, The Abbey’s devoted patrons say it will continue to flourish. This café has been a long-standing independent stalwart in a sea of Starbucks stores. It’s independent establishments like The Abbey that give Indy’s burgeoning downtown a unique flavor you can’t find anywhere else. Local artists have also been painting away on a mural at the new location.
If you find yourself at a loss this week hankering for the best cheesecake, the tastiest tiramisu and the hottest huevos rancheros in town, don’t despair. The Abbey’s new Pennsylvania Street home is currently scheduled to open this Friday.