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L.S. Ayres Tea Room

  • 650 W. Washington St. Map It
  • Indianapolis
  • American

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The real thing, only better. That's what this full-service restaurant really is, because from 1905 to 1990, the L.S. Ayres Tea Room was a ladies-who-lunch fixture of the L.S. Ayres department store. But when the store closed, the restaurant lost its home. A decade later, it found a new space and new, family-friendly setting in the Indiana State Museum, complete with replicated tables, chairs, carpets and lighting, and a menu featuring some of the old-fashioned favorites

like chicken velvet soup and the children's "hobo lunch."

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Restaurant Information


EIndiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St., , White River State Park, Indianapolis, 46204, United States

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Restaurant Details:

  • Mon.-Sat. 11-2:30; Sun. 12-3


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