Bill Pritt


Bill Pritt was born with an entrepreneurial spirit. He broke into the hospitality business with Blu Martini, a popular restaurant and nightclub on Indianapolis’ North side in October of 2005 at the age of 27. After great success with this first venture, Mr. Pritt opened Forty-Five Degrees (named for its location at the odd angle of Massachusetts Avenue and College Avenue) in June of 2008. Forty-Five Degrees quickly became an anchor on Mass Ave and one of Indy’s most popular destinations resulting in consistent sales growth since its opening. To protect the significant investment, he made in Forty-Five Degrees Mr. Pritt purchased all its property and the adjoining retail space in October of 2009. Looking to fill the 3 adjoining retail spaces that were unoccupied and unfinished, Mr. Pritt began to consider opening additional businesses. In June of 2010, Bill opened YogüLatte, a unique frozen yogurt and coffee shop concept. Once again, Mr. Pritt created another hit. These adjacent businesses began to attract thousands of customers every week which has aided significantly to community revitalization efforts. YogüLatte has had additional franchise locations and Bill continues to offer the concept as a franchise to prospective operators. Mr. Pritt feels very strongly about giving back to and being involved in the community. In addition to being an active member and sponsor of Indy Pride Inc., the Chatham Arch Neighborhood Association, the Indianapolis Restaurant and Lodging Association, and the Massachusetts Avenue Merchants Association, he’s served on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Avenue Community Development Corporation and as Treasurer for the 757 Massachusetts Avenue Condominium Association. While offering support for countless non-profit and charity organizations, Mr. Pritt is a long-term, noteworthy financial contributor to the Damien Center and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Bill and his companies have been a loyal supporter of the Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival, the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis, the IndyFringe Theatre, in addition to several political candidates and elected representatives. Among his most cherished contributions is his annual participation in Dining Out For Life (an event benefiting those affected by HIV and AIDS). This legacy and company culture of giving began the first year he was in business (over 15years ago) and it continues today. Despite the demands of his businesses, his volunteerism, and community work, Bill enjoys balancing his life by entertaining friends at his home, his regular workouts, motorcycle rides, skiing, traveling, and consuming a broad range of material relating to current events.