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Re: Another One Bites The Dust!!

Postby backstagedee » Thu Jul 29, 2010 9:52 pm

Umm, John, the listing for $419K is Flytraps. Not much space for a casino (but in the old days they used to have some pretty high stakes card games there. LOL!) The Countryside Market cost several million to build out.
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Re: Another One Bites The Dust!!

Postby Ben A. Around » Thu Jul 29, 2010 10:09 pm

We have a friend who is a vendor at the market in Elkhart. He thought there was going to be a lot of traffic through there. I hated to tell him he was wrong. In December they told him he could have a choice space on the 3rd floor and they told him " don't worry about the rent for now". He never sigssned any type of contract and hasn't paid any rent since December.That was a huge red flag for me.

I thought it was nothing like a "farmers market" when I was there last year. I went with my folks in April and they were shocked at the lack of produce, meats, cheese, ect. that were there when it first opened compared to what is there now. I agree with HM-too much in the way of trinkets and crafty stuff.
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Re: Another One Bites The Dust!!

Postby jroyale » Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:09 am

so flytraps is selling again. I know the restaurant / gallery persons that own the location, they were never able to realize any business in that location. Downtown Elkhart does not need another restaurant, like South Bend, they need something else to attract persons down there outside of dining.
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Re: Another One Bites The Dust!!

Postby backstagedee » Fri Jul 30, 2010 6:47 am

jroyale wrote: Downtown Elkhart does not need another restaurant, like South Bend, they need something else to attract persons down there outside of dining.


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Re: Another One Bites The Dust!!

Postby Buck Wheat » Fri Jul 30, 2010 6:53 am

I like to visit Danny at Stephenson's and sniff the women's underwear in their return bin.
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Re: Another One Bites The Dust!!

Postby bob_rx2000 » Fri Jul 30, 2010 6:56 am

jroyale wrote:Downtown Elkhart does not need another restaurant, like South Bend, they need something else to attract persons down there outside of dining.


I've not been to downtown Elkhart since last fall (teaching @ IUSB there), but last fall with the theater renovation, what downtown Elkhart needed most was just what South Bend needed downtown too - parking.
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Re: Another One Bites The Dust!!

Postby backstagedee » Fri Jul 30, 2010 7:10 am

Agreed Bob. Having grown up in Elkhart, I will say that the parking is MUCH better now, but you have to know where it is... and signage is terrible. At least Elkhart doesn't close off a large percentage of available parking at 7:00 pm like South Bend does on my end of town.
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Re: Another One Bites The Dust!!

Postby Happy Mom » Sat Jan 15, 2011 8:47 am

Back to Local News

KGP will move from South Bend to Warsaw

South Bend, Ind.
Another South Bend company is moving, but this time it is leaving for Warsaw.
Reporter: Rich Molina
Email Address: rich.molina@wndu.com



Another South Bend company is moving, but this time it is leaving for Warsaw.

The Times Union of Warsaw reports KGP will move its manufacturing plant by the end of March.

All 25 employees in South Bend are expected to commute to Warsaw.

KGP already has 22 people employed in Warsaw.
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Elkhart's Mad Anthony's closes

Postby Wilson » Thu Jan 27, 2011 6:14 pm

Update: Elkhart's Mad Anthony's closes- VIDEO
http://www.etruth.com/Know/News/Story.aspx?ID=533767
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10:35 a.m. Update: A Mad Anthony's employee said he was unaware of the closing until the manager found the sign alerting employees and patrons this morning.

However, the employee, who did not want to be identified, said there have been rumors throughout his year of working at the restaurant that it was going to close. Workers confronted owner Eric Brewer about the rumors, but the employee said Brewer always promised it would not happen.

The exterior of Mad Anthony Old State Alehouse on South Main St. in downtown Elkhart as seen Thursday, January 27, 2011. The local eatery and brewing company has closed effective immediately. A sign was posted on the front door alerting both customers and employees. (Truth Photo By Robert Borrelli)

“There have been rumors about it just because of financial situations, but the owner was even working there yesterday morning,” the employee said. “It obviously would have been his decision. He said nothing about it.”

The employee said the restaurant has been slow. “It’s slow there; not as busy as most restaurants. Sometimes servers don’t make a lot of money. That’s when it (rumors) started,” he said.

Original story:

A popular downtown Elkhart restaurant, Mad Anthony’s Old State Alehouse, has closed.

Signs were posted on the main doors of the building at 526 S. Main St. this morning indicating that the restaurant closed effective today and that workers’ checks will be mailed to them Monday.

The Elkhart location was one of four owned by the Fort Wayne-based Mad Anthony Brewing Company with others located in Fort Wayne, Warsaw and Auburn.

The Elkhart Mad Anthony’s opened in the former State Theater in December 2008 following extensive renovation after the Faith Mission moved out.

For more on this story, check back later on etruth.com and see Friday's edition of The Elkhart Truth.
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Re: Another One Bites The Dust!!

Postby backstagedee » Sun Jan 30, 2011 8:34 pm

http://www.wsbt.com/news/wsbt-south-ben ... 0970.story

China Garden closing



After 32 years on the south side, China Garden is closing. Jimmy Lam and his daughter Maymay are seen pictured Friday, January 28, 2011. (Tribune Photo/MARCUS MARTER)


By HEIDI PRESCOTT, Tribune Columnist
8:11 p.m. EST, January 29, 2011


Maymay Lam, who describes virtually growing up in her family's South Bend restaurant, cherishes memories of her mother playing music on the grand piano.

“That was her piano,” the 21 year old says fondly. The instrument was silenced in 2007 after her mom, Zhu Zhu Lam, died of cancer. But she and her dad, Jimmy Lam, have never moved it.

Until now.

Today is the final day for the Chinese restaurant at 910 E. Ireland Road. Lam and her father, Jimmy, are closing the venue. China Garden will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.

“Ever since (mom died) we couldn't really afford the rent,” Maymay Lam says about the current location in an older strip center that also contains Peddler's Pub. So they paid what they could in hopes business would improve. “But the economy got bad and it affected us big time. It's been very very tough.”

The family's inability to always pay the full amount of rent has resulted in a tenant-landlord dispute that is going through the courts. Competition from New China Buffet at Erskine Plaza and the new Hibachi Grill Buffet has also affected business at the longtime restaurant that many consider a south-side landmark.

Diners enter the front door and immediately wind around a staircase to the dining room on lower level. A giant fish tank greets them at the bottom of the stairs.

“It doesn't help us to have three Chinese restaurants on the south side, even though we've been here for over 30 years. We have too many of the same thing,” says Lam, who is completing her final semester this spring at the Art Institute of Chicago. She commutes to classes from home so she can be around to help her father.

The Tribune first featured Jimmy Lam in 1994, two decades after he swam from mainland China to Hong Kong to gain his freedom. He enrolled in cooking school in Hong Kong and worked in restaurants there and in New York before moving to South Bend.

He asked that we talk to Maymay for this story.

The father and daughter hope to reopen the restaurant in the future, maybe in Mishawaka. They are not sure whether that will happen, but they have already started looking at locations.

Maymay cannot imagine her father being content without his restaurant work and China Garden.

“My dad can't really sit on the couch; he has to do something. It is something we've always done, and he's such a hard worker. I think it's in his blood,” she says.

“I don't think it's a definite good-bye, because we have so many great customers who have offered to help us. The restaurant has been my second home, it really has. Even though we're closing, it's a great time for a new beginning.”
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