About

For Rob and Shelly Odendahl, the dream of owning a restaurant was just that; a dream. A casual conversation that never seemed to have legs. A conversation that occurred when they were cooking meals together for themselves and their two school age sons while the Food Network was on the kitchen television. Both working for developers building and selling condos in Indianapolis, life was pretty good. After a while, both found themselves at the Villaggio, on the corner of Virginia and East streets, selling the condos in this beautiful building. As the real-estate market faltered, the discussions of doing something else came with increasing regularity. Both Rob and Shelly fell in love with the Holy Rosary neighborhood where the Villaggio is located. They bought a house where their oldest son lives. They joined the neighborhood association. They became friends with many of the Villaggio residents that they sold homes to. It felt like home. A friendly little neighborhood in the midst of downtown. After lots of thought and plenty of prayers, the two decided to move forward. Enter local restaurateur Tom Main. Rob and Tom had formed a friendship over the previous couple of years and with the proper amount of persuasive begging, Tom agreed to help Rob and Shelly fulfill their dream. Tom brought the restaurant experience needed while Rob and Shelly designed their dream.

Finally on December 3, 2013 the Ember Urban Eatery was open. Ember is a quaint sixty seat restaurant serving a variety of menu items. It is American fare, plated nicely and well-priced. Most of all, it is a place where you feel at home. Located on the Cultural Trail in the ground level retail space at the Villaggio on the corner of Virginia and East Streets.  There is parking in the front lot, on the street and in the back parking garage. The back door is open for all friends.