Founded in 1843, Castleton began as a small village in the northeast quadrant of Marion County. Originally known for its stop along the Nickel Plate Railroad, which was eventually converted to 82nd Street, Castleton has grown substantially since its original land was purchased by Rev. James T. Wright, who organized the Castleton United Methodist Church. Since the area’s founding, Castleton has benefited from the construction of Interstate 465, and has become home to Castleton Square Mall, the largest mall in the state of Indiana. One of the companies, who saw this area as a potential hot spot, is the reputable, Wichita, Kansas based, Fox and Hound Restaurant chain.
Fox and Hound, located at 4901 East 82nd Street, has its foundation set on the western edge of Castleton. Some might even argue that its location is a transitional area between Castleton and Clearwater, which is another area that’s currently going through a redevelopment process. The restaurant is housed in a strip center with plenty of parking and lighting. The bright parking lot provides a sense of security while ensuring pedestrians are easily spotted.
Once inside the restaurant, it’s obvious that this isn’t a low profile establishment. Wood is prevalent throughout the facility. The bar area is massive and the drink selection is plentiful. The sports bar atmosphere is abundant throughout. Televisions, pool tables, shuffle board, and even the video game “Golden Tee” have a place in this environment. There is a cigar stand in the front of the venue which allows customers to purchase tobacco products. Since cigars can be purchased here, smoking is allowed. These accommodations provide a sports bar and/or lounge type of feeling.
Now it’s time take a look at the restaurant portion of this establishment. The primary seating area is located in the main sector of this location. Several booths line the walls and free standing tables along with chairs are placed throughout this section. There is a host and/or hostess to greet customers as they enter and waiters and waitress are as professional as can be. When sitting in this particular section, it’s hard not to feel that you’re in a traditional restaurant. Let’s see what dinner will be like.
Sandwiches were on the mind this particular evening and after listening to several referrals, the Black Forest Sandwich was chosen. The sandwich comes with turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, honey mustard dressing, and Monterey Jack cheese, served on a Bavarian pretzel roll. At a price of $8.49, it wasn’t a bad deal along with the side serving of fries that comes with the package.
The food is good. The pretzel roll style bun is unique and adds excitement to the actual sandwich. The fries are decent and the service provided by both the waitress and hostess is outstanding. The beverages are well priced and there’s plenty to choose from. What makes this particular establishment a little different is the customer base. They are extremely engaging among each other, which is a featured found in many pubs, but not typical in traditional restaurants. This detail makes it difficult to determine if the Fox and Hound is a restaurant in Castleton or a bar. While there are many industries that create crossovers and hybrids of their products, the question becomes; “Is the Fox and Hound, Castleton’s restaurant hybrid”?
Fox and Hound
4901 East 82nd Street, Suite: 900
Indianapolis, Indiana, 46250