Three Ds Pub and Café combines coffee and breakfast with live music and evening drinks
After 18 years, Mickey’s Irish Pub closed its doors earlier this month. Less than two weeks later, the same location reopened under the ownership of Erin Heller as Three Ds’ Pub and Café. Retaining much of the nightclub and bar atmosphere of the former business, Three Ds’ adds family dining, breakfast service, a full coffee bar and a totally smoke free environment to the restaurant’s all-inclusive equation.
Heller, an Ohio native with family in Southern Indiana, is taking her life in a different direction with the opening of Three Ds’, her first business.
“I worked at the county auditor, as a jailor in Ohio and even a supervisor at Kmart,” said Heller. “I’ve had a bunch of different jobs over the years, and I decided it was finally time for me to do something that was really for me, what I wanted to do.”
Heller has always made fundraising and volunteering a part of her life. Heller was part of Soroptimist, a worldwide organization for woman, while living in Seattle prior to her immigration to Carmel. With Three Ds’, Heller is working with local advocacy group Prevail, Inc.
“I want to be sure that people know that 10% of our coffee sales go to Prevail for domestic violence victims,” said Heller.
Local bands will be performing live every Friday and Saturday in Three Ds’ sizable backroom. Throughout the week, the stage will also feature open mikes, karaoke and even something Heller refers to as “open practice.”
“If a local band wants to start to get their name out, they can practice on our stage on Monday nights, get some exposure and see how they would do with patrons in the area,” said Heller. “All they need to do is call and schedule a time with us.”
Heller is planning on booking a large variety of music on Three Ds’ stage beyond the normal rock outfits commonly seen performing across the Northside.
“I’m hoping to get a big variety of music onstage here including some country,” said Heller. “I’m really into rockabilly and bluegrass. I grew up on the punk scene so I’d like to get some of that in here as well.”
With the restaurant and both bars now open and operational, the work is far from done but Heller is pleased to be busy.
““I thrive on stress,” said Heller. “The more things I have going on at one time, the more I tend to get done.”
Three Ds’ Pub and Café is located at 13644 N Meridian St., Carmel (formerly Mickey’s Irish Pub). Hours are 6 a.m. to 3 a.m. Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. on Saturdays and 8 a.m. to midnight on Sundays. The restaurant features family friendly dining till 9 p.m. every night and is always non-smoking. For more information, visit threedspubandcafe.com.