Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Local News

June 4, 2014

Todd Rudicel returns to Kokomo to open The District

New restaurant and bar, The District, opens Thursday

After spending 15 formative years in Washington, D.C., Todd Rudicel never thought he would return to his home state of Indiana, let alone Kokomo, for a business venture.

Rudicel, who grew up in Kokomo and graduated from Kokomo High School, has returned to his hometown, bringing with him a piece of his past with his new Washington D.C.-inspired restaurant and bar, The District.

Rudicel said it is exciting to be a part of the city’s downtown revival, as he puts the finishing touches on the new restaurant that will open on Thursday at 107 W. Sycamore St. The new business, one of a host of buildings repurposed in the downtown area, will open in conjunction with the annual Strawberry Festival, opening at 11 a.m.

“When you say full circle, that’s absolutely right,” Rudicel said of his return to Kokomo. “It is a completely different city from when I was here [as a kid], and it’s been good.

“It’s neat to drive around the downtown area and see all of the things that are popping up on Buckeye Street, and the announcement of the new baseball stadium,” he added. “It’s great to be here during the infancy stages of all of that.”

The building, which served as the former home of the Elks Lodge No. 190 for many years, has been reimagined as a restaurant and bar that will feature two different lounge areas in the front and back of the building, seven TVs, a jukebox, a shuffleboard table and spots for outdoor dining in front of the building.

The walls inside the building proudly display photos taken by Rudicel of the D.C. area, along with other homages to his former home, including subway metro signs, a sign from Canal Street and a paddle paying tribute to crew, a popular sport on the East Coast. Leather chairs and a sophisticated interior design give the bar and restaurant a modern but casual feel.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • Prescription drug probe targeting area clinics Early this morning numerous search warrants were served on pain clinics in several counties including Howard County as part of an long-term prescription drug investigation. The probe conducted by the Hamilton/Boone County Drug Task Force and the Drug

    July 25, 2014

  • Escapee Hunt for escaped inmate focuses on Carroll County fields

    CAMDEN — The inmate who escaped from the Logansport State Hospital is believed to have been seen near 750 North and 100 East in Carroll County, a member of the Carroll County Sheriff's Department says.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Four arrested on meth-related charges Howard County sheriff deputies arrested four people on numerous charges after deputies went to a home west of Kokomo to serve a warrant late Thursday. Deputies went to the home located at 7610 W. 220 South shortly after 11 p.m. in search of a man wan

    July 25, 2014

  • Airshow Practice 05 Eyes to the sky Twenty-four-year-old Kevin Coleman is one of the youngest air show stars in the world.The Louisiana man is a second generation pilot and second generation air show performer. As a kid, he watched as his dad and then his brother flew through the skies

    July 25, 2014 5 Photos

  • Feds plan review over Medicaid backlog INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Federal officials are reviewing Indiana’s procedures for enrolling residents in Medicaid after finding the state had 80,000 low-income residents awaiting approval in May.Cindy Mann, director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicai

    July 25, 2014

  • Bona Vista to build new $1.23 million housing development Bona Vista Programs has announced plans to build a new $1.23 million housing development in downtown Kokomo to accommodate people with disabilities.The new 6,500-square-foot housing unit called Elmwood Trails will be located at 1101 N. Buckeye St. an

    July 25, 2014

  • Burlington woman charged in May fatal crash Police arrested a 26-year-old Burlington woman Wednesday who is accused of causing a fatal crash while driving drunk.Howard County sheriff deputies served a warrant on Casie E. Johnson charging her with a B felony causing death while operating a vehi

    July 25, 2014

  • Former county official pleads guilty to conversion One of two former county officials charged with theft and official misconduct was sentenced last week to a two-year suspended sentence after pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges. Darrell Reed, 52, pleaded guilty to two Class A misdemeanor conversio

    July 24, 2014

  • NWS - KT072514 Kokomo School Board - pic Blueprints found during demolition aid Central Middle School remodel

    When workers began the tear down for renovations to the Central Middle School auditorium, they stumbled upon something very important and helpful sifting through the century-old material. Tucked away inside the structure were the original blueprints,

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Burlington woman charged in May fatal crash A 26-year-old Burlington woman is being accused of driving drunk causing the death of a Frankfort man in a May 2 accident near the Howard-Tipton county line. Howard County sheriff deputies served a warrant on Casie E. Johnson on Wednesday charging he

    July 24, 2014

Latest news
Featured Ads
Only on our website
AP Video
Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites Anti-violence Advocate Killed, but Not Silenced. Dempsey: Putin May Light Fire and Lose Control Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Obituaries