The Indianapolis Hard Rock Cafe is located right in front of the hotel we stayed at during our visit last summer. It was so close that from our room we could connect to their WLAN with our laptop. The signal was indeed weak. It occupies the ground floor of a historic building and its location is central to the city. My visit was very brief, under the pretext of having a beer while my family was shopping. If found the Hard Rock Cafe similar to all the others: wood paneling with rock paraphernalia adorning the walls. The cuisine is the same everywhere but the bar had been under pressure to stock local brands, so I could drink Blue Moon, which I love. The place was smaller than others in the chain, and wasn't too busy when I was there. Of course, I'm used to Hard Rock Barcelona. The service is young and brash. The music is commercial rock, MTV style, with the classic variation. If you are in downtown Indianapolis, the Hard Rock is a good alternative if you don't want to try new things. Times are set to the American Midwest. Within a hundred meter radius, there are other restaurants with similar prices.
Champps is a restaurant in the Circle Centre Mall, a large shopping center in the historic Wholesale District of Indianapolis. It's part of a chain of restaurants, sort of like a Hard Rock Cafe, but based on sports instead of music. We decided to go here rather than the nearby Hard Rock, because my son is more interested in sports than music, and the revolves around local teams and there are a lot of screens showing live games.
The food is what you might expect: burgers, sandwiches, salads and Tex-Mex, all served in generous portions. It was good, but nothing to write home about. The prices are a bit high, but like the Hard Rock, you pay for the experience as well as the food. It has a terrace, but we ate indoors (air conditioning). At night, it looks nice all lit up.