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Serendipity Tea Room Reinvents Historical Carmel Landmark

Oct. 3, 2008

Carmel, Ind. – A slice of Indiana history is resurrected with the birth of Serendipity by Occasions Divine (www.occasionsdivine.com), the newest addition to the growing list of independent eateries making their home in the Carmel Arts & Design District.

The restaurant, now open at 2 West Main St., is unique not only for Old Town Carmel, but for central Indiana as a whole. Here, diners can savor a sumptuous organic lunch, while stepping back in time with traditional English Tea.

Serendipity occupies a space as distinctive as its menu. Guests enter though the old Morrison Opera House doors onto beautiful marble floors, and are treated to vintage décor, including the original tea lights from the historic L.S. Ayres Tea Room. Lucky lunch goers can even choose to dine in Carmel’s first bank vault, a one-of-a-kind space now set daily for lunch and tea, or available for small private parties.

Owner and operator Karin Glass is as thrilled about her new home as her patrons.

Fifteen years ago, I had another business in Carmel. When we decided to open a special restaurant in the area, I remembered a building that might be perfect. I drove by and to my amazement, the spot had a For Lease sign in the window,” she explained. “Thus the name ‘Serendipity’ – it was like it was meant to be.”

Serendipity is the second tea room venture for Glass. Her original Zionsville location, The Sanctuary, was lauded as the “Coolest New Organic Restaurant of 2008.” Though that location is no longer open, Glass will open Serendipity’s sister tea room, Serenity, in a picturesque Victorian Zionsville home on Oct. 15.

“At both locations, our guests can expect wonderful fresh food in a relaxing, elegant environment,” Glass said. “We have four proprietary teas we mix ourselves, and all of our recipes are of my own creation. Except for the L.S. Ayres chicken velvet soup – that’s the original. My husband’s grandmother worked for Ayres and knew the cook.”

With a menu that changes monthly, visitors have even more incentive to come back often. The holidays will also bring a special treat – the 12 Days of Christmas tea. To her knowledge, this traditional Scottish tea service is offered outside of Europe only at Glass’ restaurants. With scones made from flour ground in Glass’ family mill in Seattle, and forgotten treats like homemade clotted cream and lemon curd marking each themed day, it promises to be a not-to-be-missed seasonal experience.

To make a reservation for lunch or English Tea, or to schedule a shower, group luncheon or other special event, call 317.569.1929.

For a more information about Carmel Arts & Design District vendors and events, visit www.carmelartsanddesign.com or call 317.571.ARTS.

The Carmel Arts & Design District is the Midwest’s newest, premier setting for the arts and design industry. Already it has attracted well over 100 businesses, including art galleries, antique dealers, furniture and interior design showrooms, even a race track design company! There are restaurants, boutiques, creative service providers, and an eclectic variety of specialty retail stores. And the list of merchants continues to grow.

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