Take a Look Inside This Historic Coca-Cola Factory in Indianapolis That’s Taking on New Life as a Cultural Hub

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The new hot spot will be home to the city's first food hall. 

Everything old is new again. At least that's the case in Indiana, where developers turned the world's largest Coca-Cola bottling plant into a modern 12-acre mixed-use site that will serve as a culinary, arts, and entertainment hub for the capital city. 

After a $300 million overhaul, the Bottleworks District came to life and is set to open its doors this winter. What was once a bustling factory built-in 1931 will now be home to the boutique Bottleworks Hotel and the city's first food hall, The Garage Food Hall, in addition to several other venues like a movie theater and game hall. 

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While the spaces feature many modern amenities like large roll-up doors in the food hall, the design team still preserved some original features. For example, the hotel will take over the top two floors of the former administration building that still has the Coca-Cola on the side. They also restored brass Art Deco-patterned doors to their original grandeur and used terrazzo floors, plaster detailing, and colorful ceramic tiles to highlight the historic building's art deco style. 

Opposite the hotel will sit the food hall that will also feature that Art Deco style but with a more industrial slant. The 38,000-square-foot marketplace will be home to 20 independent vendors serving up everything from Venezuelan fare at Azucar Morena to lobster rolls at J's Lobster & Fish Market. And those roll-up doors will allow for seamless indoor-outdoor dining. 

There will also be a record shop called Square Cat Vinyl, Becker Supply Co. for outdoor gear, and Brick & Mortar barbershop in the marketplace. Other onsite venues include Pins Mechanical, which will house duckpin bowling, pinball, foosball, and other games. And Living Room Theaters will be a movie theater with a bar and lounge that will show indie flicks.

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"We're excited to give Indianapolis residents and travelers a new culinary, arts and entertainment hub to look forward to this winter and beyond with the opening of this community-focused marketplace in the city," Jeff Whiteman, Chief Operating Officer at Geronimo Hospitality Group, which will own and operate Bottleworks, told Departures in a statement.