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Outdoor seating along the Monon Trail, rose wine and a cafe menu are in the works
When brothers Neal and Paul Warner suggested a coffee shop fill The Athenaeum’s former coat closet, the historic building’s managers were skeptical. Coat Check Coffee took off so quickly that a year later, the Warners have opened their second location in another old building.
Coffee is not the only beverage served at Provider, which debuted May 7 in the 100-year-old, red brick, former factory that has become the Tinker House building, 1101 E. 16th St., near Monon Trail.
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The Warners are slowly rolling out an all-rose wine list and fizzy cocktails they bill spritzes and tonics, Neal Warner said. Expect local Centerpoint Brewing craft beer, too.
Nibbles are popping up little by little, as well. Pastries landed May 12. Avocado toast and quiche are coming soon, followed by afternoon and evening noshes like pork shoulder and roasted mushrooms tucked inside a bahn mi.
“Nice little things to eat while you’re sitting on the patio,” Warner said.
That patio, still in the works, will seat 60 people and include a pergola, custom picnic tables and tables with umbrellas. Forty seats spread among tables, banquettes and bars are inside Provider.
Warner is beyond meticulous about coffee, going so far as mineralizing water and selecting different beans for coffees with and without milk to optimize their flavors. His passion for coffee combined with his brother’s devotion to the perfect from-scratch croissant led to Coat Check quickly becoming one of Indy’s most popular coffee shops.
In its early weeks of operation, Provider hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday. Hours will expand to 7 to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. Follow the bar’s progress on Instagram @providerindy.
Provider is are part of a recent, major restoration of the Tinker House building that HistoricIndianapolis.com found dates to the 1910s and was previously known as Tinker Flats. The structure once housed a paper and rag recycling company and a company that made furniture for banks. Tinker was the name of a family that owned land the 16th Street area during the 1800s.
The building also hosts Hotel Tango distilling operations and information technology company Black Ink IT.
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