June 2017 Writer \/ Janelle Morrison Photos \/ JJ Kaplan In 2008, Shari Jenkins opened Noah Grant\u2019s Grill House & Oyster Bar and brought the town of Zionsville a taste of East Coast \u00a0sophistication with her award-winning menu and charming ambiance that has garnered the loyalty of patrons from around town and beyond. In 2014, Jenkins opened her second enterprise, Salty Cowboy Tequileria, a Tex-Mex restaurant that has become the \u201cheartbeat\u201d of its block. The family-friendly eatery is a popular destination for fans of tacos, barbecue and an expansive selection of tequila. Jenkins grew up in Zionsville and has a genuine affinity for her hometown and its business community. After leaving for college, Jenkins returned home but \u201cgot out of dodge\u201d and landed in Broad Ripple. She was a middle school teacher for the IPS school system and worked at several area restaurants before deciding it was time to come home to Zionsville with her young son. Her son\u2019s namesake, Noah Grant\u2019s, was established, and Jenkins\u2019 career as a restaurateur eventually led to her current path of successful ventures and professional growth. Jenkins candidly shared that the road was not always an easy one. The success of her two establishments has come with hard work and incredibly supportive staff members. \u201cIt was a lot of hard work, especially in the beginning,\u201d Jenkins admitted. \u201cOnce the staff and I came together, everything else came together, and I wasn\u2019t doing this by myself.\u201d Not long after the opening of Noah Grant\u2019s, Jenkins had in her mind another venture with completely different offerings than the Cape Cod, surf and turf concept of her first menu.\u00a0\u201cThe idea of it existed three years earlier as an idea and business on paper, but I couldn\u2019t find the right place for it,\u201d Jenkins said. \u201cWhen the building became available, I knew that it was the right location at the right time.\u201d After a complete renovation and redefinition of the physical building, a vibrant and fun eatery was created. Between the two restaurants, a resurgence of the town\u2019s nightlife took hold. Once again, the town was \u201con the map\u201d but now for its diverse selection of restaurants. Jenkins credits Hopwood Cellars Winery, Noble Order Brewing Company and Rosie\u2019s Place for adding to that diversity in addition to all the pre-existing restaurants. The diverse places to eat and enjoy after-hours cocktails has brought people to downtown Zionsville from all over the surrounding areas. Following the success of Salty Cowboy, Jenkins made the thoughtful decision to expand once again and move Noah Grant\u2019s into the available space inside of the Carter Building, just a stone\u2019s throw from Salty Cowboy. With demand for reservations at Noah Grant\u2019s exceeding the allotted seating capacity, Jenkins decided that it was time to make the move. \u201cI am not completely reinventing Noah Grant\u2019s,\u201d she emphasized. \u201cTo do so would disappoint my customers and my staff, including myself. We will be incorporating a lot of what is at our current location into the new space at the Carter Building. For instance, the chandeliers that hang over the bar will be hanging over the new bar. We will be using similar colors in the interior space \u2013 the grays and white scheme \u2013 and d\u00e9cor to recreate our existing Cape Cod feel.\u201d Jenkins mentioned that selecting the new lighting fixtures have been an area of focus and that she is shipping in new \u201cJellyfish\u201d galvanized steel and rounded-glass chandeliers that range from three feet to five feet in length. These will create an artistic expression of the restaurant\u2019s theme as guests arrive in the main entry. As part of the overall design, Jenkins and her design team have strategically devised the dining room layout to create personal space between tables and an area that can seat larger parties without partitions or a separate space. The floral carpeting in the Carter Building will be removed and replaced with new flooring that will accent the rest of the East Coast-inspired d\u00e9cor. Jenkins is particularly excited about the bar area that will redefine the space that once was Mr. Carter\u2019s ice cream parlor. In tribute to some of the charm that Carter installed in the parlor, Jenkins found a way to repurpose the soda fountain, and with assistance from her beer representatives, it will become the draft system for the bar. \u201cI wanted to keep the fountain system for my nostalgia purposes,\u201d Jenkins said. \u201cMy son practically lived there when it was the parlor, and I am excited that I can use it for our own system.\u201d The new space will allow for more seating, both in the dining room and in the bar area, and will allow Noah Grant\u2019s to continue to offer outside seating in front of the building. There will be an expansive oyster raw bar in the bar itself, featuring its own oyster menu similar to the sushi bar menu. The menu will stay 95 percent the same but with additions to the seafood and meat selections. The target re-opening of Noah Grant\u2019s at the new location is scheduled for the summer of 2017. The existing location on First Street will remain open while the renovations in the Carter Building are being completed. When asked why Jenkins chose to keep Noah Grant\u2019s in Zionsville rather than relocate to\u00a0another location that may have offered even more space or other amenities, she quickly responded, \u201cThis is my hometown, and I love this town. I\u2019m excited to be part of its continuing growth. After the recession, the town went through a lot of changes. We lost some businesses and great people as a result of that. There are plenty of businesses and restaurants that weathered the storm and are a big part of the resurgence that is going on in our downtown. There is a movement to support local, and with the variety of shops and restaurants that we have here, there really is no need to leave Zionsville. People can shop, dine, work and live here.\u201d Make reservations online at noahgrants.com and saltycowboytequileria.com, and be sure to Follow Noah Grant\u2019s and Salty Cowboy on social media.