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Postby Happy Mom » Wed Jan 06, 2016 8:25 am

Taphouse on the Edge will bring new food, atmosphere to former Between the Buns in South Bend
Menu, decor to get update as Taphouse takes over

Taphouse on the Edge will bring new food, atmosphere to former Between the Buns in South Bend
The interior of Taphouse on the Edge, formerly Between the Buns, on South Bend Avenue, in South Bend. Owners plan to change the menu and decor within the next six months
. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Posted: Wednesday, January 6, 2016 5:00 am | Updated: 5:28 am, Wed Jan 6, 2016.
By LINCOLN WRIGHT South Bend Tribune
rts memorabilia still decorate the walls of the former Between the Buns on South Bend Avenue, but a new name now hangs in front of the restaurant: Taphouse on the Edge.
Although the name may not be familiar to loyal customers of the long-standing local chain, familiar faces are behind the change. Phil Schreiber started Between the Buns more than 30 years ago, and about 11 years ago Jeff Morauski became a partner in the business.
But not having been very active in Between the Buns in recent years, and having aspirations for a new restaurant venture, Schreiber said, the pair worked out a deal to take over the South Bend location, disconnecting it from Between the Buns.
Schreiber and Morauski, who also own Chicory Cafe in downtown South Bend, now have no affiliation with Between the Buns.
“We weren’t active so we wanted to have control over a restaurant,” Schreiber said of their reasons to pursue the deal. Between the Buns still operates its Elkhart and Osceola locations.
And with the new name Taphouse on the Edge will come changes to decor, drinks and food throughout the next six months.
“I like to encourage people to come in often to check us out because I think you’ll see a lot of different things each time you come in,” Schreiber said.
Currently about 60 to 70 percent of the menu remains, with some items purposely taken off while others were lost with ownership and recipe rights of Between the Buns. Items Between the Buns is known for — like chicken wings and burgers — will still be found, but with a twist.
That will be done by changing ingredients, the duo said — for example using artisan breads, portobella mushrooms instead of button, and having an Asian-style slaw instead of traditional coleslaw.
But many new items will be showing up on the menu in coming months. With a menu dominated by sandwiches and burgers, Schreiber said, he would like more entree items including possibly steak and salmon.
“It may not be exactly what people are used to from this particular building,” Schreiber said. “You will see a lot of new items and it will also change often. We won’t always have exactly the same thing.”
With a new menu will also come a new chef, Morauski said. The business team has hired a chef they hope will inspire new dishes at Taphouse as well as enhance the menu at Chicory Cafe.
And with “taphouse” as part of the name — “on the edge” comes from its location on the edge of the University of Notre Dame — beer selection and other drinks will be a showcase of the bar. The 15-year-old taps will be replaced, Schreiber said, and the beer selection will go from 13 to about 23 choices.
Taphouse on the Edge will feature many local craft beers, as well as craft cocktails, something Morauski said he is very excited about. Beyond beer, he wants the drink menu to be more than just liquor with a mixer, he said, so the bar will feature specialty cocktails made with fresh ingredients.
As for the decor, that too will change. Schreiber said he wants the look to be cleaner, so much of the sports memorabilia will be taken down. The restaurant will still have a sports motif, he said, but it won’t be emphasized as much.
“We are going to offer a great food service product, we are going to have a great service level and it’s going to be reasonably priced,” Schreiber said. “I think people are going to be happy with what they find here in the future.”
Decorating Den coming soon
Spinning off their home improvement business, the owners of Mr. Handyman soon will offer interior design with Decorating Den Interiors.
Decorating Den will be a separate business, owner Janet Sipp said, but for now will work out of the same office space as Mr. Handyman at 2130 South Bend Ave. Janet’s husband, Dave Sipp, has owned the local Mr. Handyman franchise for eight years, she said, and many customers have been asking if they also offer interior design help.
“But we didn’t have the ability to offer that service,” Janet said. Because she has recently left the nursing field after more than 20 years, she said, it was a good time to start.
Decorating Den, like Mr. Handyman, is a national franchise, but the two businesses have never been connected, Janet said.
Decorating Den Interiors works with more than 125 vendors for carpet, furniture and other decor. Vendors, Janet said, she could not get accounts with on her own.
Janet and her designer, Cathy Weaver, will be attending training at the beginning of February and will have their grand opening March 8. Janet is already getting her samples, she said, so she expects she can start consultations before the grand opening.
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Specialty mattress store Mattress Warehouse has moved to a new location. The store, which has been locally and family operated since 1984, is now located at 4568 Elkhart Road, Elkhart, behind Starbucks. Mattress Warehouse had been located in the Goshen Walmart Plaza since 1993.
Fenders Drive-In at 3805 Lincoln Way E. in Mishawaka has been purchased with plans to reopen the restaurant this spring. The drive-in style eatery closed in 2012. There will be more on this in an upcoming Market Basket. ... aac33.html
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Postby Happy Mom » Thu Jan 14, 2016 7:43 pm

Closed eateries allowed to re-open after violations corrected

Brunos Pizza
The St. Joseph County Health Department closed Bruno's Pizza, 2610 Prairie Ave., on Jan. 4 because of health code violations. It will be allowed to reopen Thursday if it passes an inspection. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ
Posted: Thursday, January 14, 2016 5:36 pm | Updated: 5:44 pm, Thu Jan 14, 2016.
By Jeff Parrott South Bend Tribune

The St. Joseph County Health Department has allowed two establishments it had ordered temporarily closed because of health code violations to reopen.
Bruno’s Pizza, 2610 Prairie Ave., South Bend, was allowed to reopen Thursday after officials re-inspected the restaurant and found that violations had been corrected.
Load A Spud, a new eatery in the University Park Mall’s food court, was allowed to reopen Wednesday after it also passed a follow-up inspection, said county health department food service director Carolyn Smith.
Both businesses had been ordered closed Jan. 5.
Load A Spud had been open only since mid-November when a Jan. 4 inspection, its first ever, found 15 violations, 10 of them critical ones. When franchisee Daryl Cannon told the health officials he didn’t know about the food code, they said they would not let him reopen until an employee demonstrated knowledge.
On the follow-up inspection Wednesday, the department found that corporate Load A Spud had sent a new manager who is certified in food safety to manage the location, Smith said.
“He demonstrated knowledge by giving correct information regarding food holding temperatures and preparing sanitizer solutions,” Smith said. “All equipment that had been non-functioning had been either replaced or repaired, and food prep and service areas had been thoroughly cleaned.”
Bruno’s satisfactorily corrected 10 violations, three of them critical, found during a Dec. 29 inspection.
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Re: Tribune's Market Basket News

Postby Happy Mom » Sat Feb 06, 2016 7:30 pm

Top Notch closing on South Bend's west side

Top Notch closing on South Bend's west side
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Top Notch Restaurant & Bakery located on the corner of Mayflower Road and Western Avenue in South Bend. After almost 20 years in business, the restaurant is closing. SBT Photo/GREG SWIERCZ
Posted: Saturday, February 6, 2016 11:59 am | Updated: 5:08 pm, Sat Feb 6, 2016.
By Lincoln Wright South Bend Tribune

South Bend is losing a restaurant that's called Western Avenue home for almost 20 years. Sunday will be Top Notch Family Restaurant & Bakery's last day.
Employees found out only a couple of days ago that the restaurant, located on the corner of Mayflower Road and Western Avenue, will shut its doors, manager Rosa Garcilaco said.
"It's sad seeing the restaurant go," she said. "It's like a home."
Garcilaco, who has worked at the restaurant for six years, said many customers have told her Top Notch is like a second home to them. Employees have become close to their regular customers, she said, and that's going to be one of the hardest parts about shutting down.
The restaurant is closing because of a new Martin's Super Market planned for the area, said Gus Bourounis, the owner's son. Last July, Martin's announced it would build a 40,000-square-foot store to replace its nearby Western Avenue location.
As part of its plans, Martin's purchased the property on which Top Notch sits. Bourounis expects the restaurant to be torn down. Martin's was not able to provide information on the planned use of the property.
"At this time, we can confirm we plan to build a new store. Additional details are not available," Cindy Kaplan, a Martin's spokeswoman, wrote in an email.
Although opening at a new location has been discussed, it's too early to know if Top Notch will return, Bourounis said.
"It's heartbreaking that after 20 years we have to close," he said
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Re: Tribune's Market Basket News (Openings and Closings)

Postby Happy Mom » Tue Apr 19, 2016 9:30 am

New restaurants and stores announced in South Bend, Mishawaka
Numerous restaurants, stores coming to the area


Flurry of openings announced in South Bend, Mishawaka
Restaurant and music venue Vegetable Buddies installed its sign Friday in downtown South Bend. Tribune Photo/SANTIAGO FLORES

Posted: Sunday, April 17, 2016 6:15 am | Updated: 10:40 am, Sun Apr 17, 2016.
By Lincoln Wright South Bend Tribune

There’s a lot to look forward to in the local retail and restaurant scene. Some things will come soon; we’ll have to wait for others.
But all the same, there’s a lot to announce.
Two restaurants are expected to open in coming weeks in South Bend.

Rack House Tavern & Grill
put its sign up last week and has only a few things to finish up.
The restaurant is located at 1902 South Bend Ave., across the street from Taphouse on the Edge and Studebagels. Since it’s named for the buildings that house barrels of aging whiskey, we can expect a more rustic decor with sleek patchwork wood walls.
The Rack House needs only to install its beer lines and put some final touches on the kitchen, and it hopes to open by the end of this month. You can find out more about the restaurant at And those who “like” the restaurant’s Facebook page will receive a special opening invite.
In downtown South Bend, Vegetable Buddies, at 129 N. Michigan St., is also very close to opening. Its sign went up Friday and music is now playing outside the business, giving a taste of the type of artists who will appear on the Vegetable Buddies stage.
A reincarnation of the well-known South Bend nightclub of the same name from the ‘70s and ‘80s, Vegetable Buddies will focus on classic rock and blues music. It will feature a restaurant with Southern-style food, but it prides itself as a “music is art” venue, showcasing musicians’ original work.
Vegetable Buddies hasn’t announced an opening date yet, but it’s hoping to be up and running early next month. There will be a job fair at the venue to hire kitchen staff and servers on Monday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 5 to 7 p.m.
Two other downtown restaurants posted signage, and Market Basket will have more information on those openings soon. Nom Nom Pho Noodles & Rice posted an opening soon sign at 213 N. Main St. It’s the former location of Siam Thai.
Nom Nom Pho’s sign says it will serve Vietnamese and Thai cuisine.
On East Jefferson Boulevard, a sign for The General Deli & Cafe has been posted on a storefront across from the Howard Park ice rink.
And in case you’ve missed the other downtown South Bend news recently, the South Bend Chocolate Cafe is opening a Ben’s Soft Pretzels inside its card and candy shop. It will be the first brick-and-mortar location for Ben’s in South Bend.
It’s set to open April 26, which happens to be National Pretzel Day. All Ben’s Soft Pretzels locations will be giving away a free pretzel with a $1 donation to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.
India Garden also opened its downtown restaurant recently on North Michigan Street.
Then in Mishawaka, there are a lot of new stores we’ll see coming together in the next few months. Ziker Cleaners is turning the old Save A Lot near the corner of South Byrkit Avenue and East 12th Street into a new facility.
A Family Express gas station is planned for a currently vacant lot at 1030 W. Edison Road, just west of Hickory Road. It will include a car wash and six fuel islands.
The Burger King on Grape Road across from Indian Ridge Plaza will be remodeled and expanded to “bring the store up to BK standards,” according to a state construction report. About 63 square feet will be added to the existing restaurant.
A new Holiday Inn Express and Suites is planned for the Toscana Park area. It will be four stories and 63,660 square feet.
Also, many readers have been asking about work being done on the lot just north of Scotty’s Brewhouse on North Main Street. Right now, the empty lot is being leveled to make it possible to develop it in the future. There have been no announced projects.
Some of the most exciting news is a list of new stores coming to Wilshire Plaza on Grape Road.
Home Goods will open a nearly 22,000-square-foot store next to Fresh Thyme in the former Office Max location, according to a site plan from Chase Properties. Home Goods is a decor retailer that typically offers top brands at prices that are generally 20 to 60 percent below normal retail.
The companies could not be reached to confirm when the store will open, but work is already underway inside.
A site plan also lists a Christoper & Banks next to the future Home Goods, and a Carter’s Osh Kosh filed construction plans with the state to open a store in Wilshire Plaza. Again, the companies have yet to confirm when their stores could open.
Then a DSW, Designer Shoe Warehouse, will be moving in next to Jo Ann Fabrics. This will be the second DSW location for the area. They have a store at Erskine Village on the south side of South Bend. The company said the new store is expected to open in late August or early September.
These new stores are big news for Wilshire Plaza, which seems to be in the midst of a comeback. There are currently many vacant stores and the plaza took a heavy hit losing stores such as The Room Place, Office Max and the Old Country Buffet.
These new announcements of stores are in addition to recent openings at the plaza, including Fresh Thyme and Sky Zone.
As more information comes out about all of these stores and restaurants, Market Basket will continue to provide updates.
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Postby Happy Mom » Wed Jun 22, 2016 7:38 am

New baby inspires owner to open Mexican restaurant
By Lincoln Wright South Bend Tribune 1 hr ago (0)
New baby inspires owner to open Mexican restaurant



Jazmin Mexican Restaurant sits at 1551 E. McKinley Ave in Mishawaka. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ
New baby inspires owner to open Mexican restaurant
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Fernando, 11-month-old Jazmin, and Teresa Roman stand inside Jazmin Mexican Restaurant at 1551 E. McKinley Ave., in Mishawaka. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Jazmin Mexican Restaurant’s specialty, alambre, a dish with pork, bacon, peppers and onions. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ
Teresa Roman will tell you she’s very confident in the food that she cooks — and she should be. Her food is good.

Just stop by her new place, Jazmin Mexican Restaurant, located at 1551 E. McKinley Ave., in Mishawaka, and see. The food speaks for itself.

Roman starting whipping up Mexican dishes when the restaurant opened a couple of months ago. Her focus, she says, is on fresh, made-from-scratch food.

“I keep everything fresh. I want to be different,” she says. “I told my husband my restaurant has to be different.”

And the story of how she came to open Jazmin is even better than the food. Roman has been married for 23 years, she says, and has always wanted a child. Finally, after years of trying, her and her husband, Fernando, were recently blessed with a baby girl, whom they named Jazmin.

Not only is the restaurant named after Roman’s daughter, it’s because of her daughter, now 11 months, that she opened the restaurant. Roman was working at a factory in LaGrange, but after waiting so many years for a child, she says she couldn’t stand the thought of putting her in day care. So she decided to open a restaurant.

“The thing that really pushed me to do it was my baby,” she says.

She was never in the restaurant business before, but many people told her how great her food was. That made her believe she could do it.

“I was nervous when I started thinking about it, but I was pretty confident that I made good food,” she says.

It was a quick turnaround to open the Mexican restaurant. From deciding to take a chance on starting a business to the day she opened, it was only about three weeks, she says. She was lucky enough to stumble upon a location that was practically turnkey.

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Jazmin Mexican Restaurant is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

As soon as you walk in and sit down, she cuts up some soft tortilla and drops them in the fryer to serve her chips crispy and fresh. The chips, of course, are served with fresh salsa.

While Roman has the red and green salsas you’re used to seeing, her peanut salsa is probably something you haven’t seen before. A peanut salsa may sound strange at first, but give it a try. It has a strong peanut taste with a great kick of spice.

It’s different, but very good and worth a try. Just don’t ask Roman for the recipe. It’s a family secret that she’s not letting go of.

The carnitas nachos are stacked high and filled with well-seasoned, juicy pork. And Roman’s specialty, alambre, a pork and bacon dish with peppers, onion and cheese, should be the go-to dish for newcomers.

On the menu, you’ll still find a list of tortas, burritos, fajitas, tacos and quesadillas, but you can’t go wrong.

Though Jazmin Mexican Restaurant is a quaint little place that you might easily pass, it’s a place worth checking out.

“I would really like to have a chance,” Roman says of her restaurant,” because I feel confident in what we are going.”

Remodeled Burger King

The Grape Road Burger King in Mishawaka reopened with a new look.

The fast-food restaurant was remodeled to feature the latest BK design and innovation, including a bold, contemporary look, cafe-style seating and free Wi-Fi, according to a news release. The playground was also updated, and outside a double lane drive-through was added.

The project was one of several Burger Kings in the area, locally owned by Quality Dining, being rebuilt or remodeled this year.

“Great tasting food, free Wi-Fi, a spacious dining room, improved playground, double drive-thru lanes, friendly service and a commitment to the community will make this Burger King restaurant a popular spot for a snack or a meal,” said John Firth, president of Quality Dining, in the release. “We know our Mishawaka area guests will enjoy the newly remodeled restaurant.”

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Re: Tribune's Market Basket News (Openings and Closings)

Postby Happy Mom » Tue Jun 28, 2016 9:30 am

Six new stores coming to Mishawaka shopping center
Posted: Jun 27, 2016 5:59 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 27, 2016 9:03 PM EDT
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Chase Properties announced Monday there will be six new stores coming to Wilshire Plaza in Mishawaka, according to a company press release.

The retailers include HomeGoods, DSW, Carter's, OshKosh, Christopher & Banks and Visionworks.

The shopping center is now anchored by Burlington Coat Factory, Fresh Thyme and Hobby Lobby.

“We are thrilled about the transformation that is occurring by adding these best-in-class retailers to the merchandising mix at Wilshire Plaza. We successfully executed a plan to retenant the shopping center and create significant value,” said Bennett Morrison, Senior Vice President of Leasing for Chase in the press release. ... Q.facebook
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Re: Tribune's Market Basket News (Openings and Closings)

Postby Bingo » Tue Jun 28, 2016 6:59 pm

Mishawaka gets the businesses and money, South Bend gets the bike lanes and 2 way streets and round a bouts ! :think:
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Re: Tribune's Market Basket News (Openings and Closings)

Postby Xenokilla » Wed Jun 29, 2016 1:14 pm

Bingo wrote:Mishawaka gets the businesses and money, South Bend gets the bike lanes and 2 way streets and round a bouts ! :think:

top notch opened up across from the airport?
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Re: Tribune's Market Basket News (Openings and Closings)

Postby Happy Mom » Fri Jul 29, 2016 9:48 pm

New restaurant opens in South Bend

By Christine Karsten | Posted: Wed 7:25 AM, Jul 27, 2016

South Bend, Ind.-- Plan that date night, there is a new restaurant you can try now in South Bend. It is called Render Kitchen and Bar and it is located at 517 E. Jefferson Boulevard. That is right across from Howard Park.

“We really wanted to be a part of the East Bank because it is different. We wanted to be pioneers on this side of the river,” says Render Kitchen and Bar Owner Bryan Robertson.

This restaurant came together thanks to three friends, turned colleagues, turned owners. Bryan Robertson, Hilary Maich and Eamonn McParland all worked at Café Navarre together.

“We all got along great, but I never thought that we would be opening a restaurant together,” says Maich.

But, they did…

“Render is a cooking term. It is for rendering down fat. The reason we use that name is because it is modern, it is young, it is kind of urban,” explains Robertson.

Not only does the name follow that young, modern, and urban feel, but the inside does too. And let’s not forget about the food which is described as contemporary American cuisine and is served in small and medium size portions.

“Come with an open mind. You may discover that you like something that you never liked before,” says McParland.

Everything they serve is in season.

“For example, halibut is only in season from around March/April till October/November, around that general time. So, as soon as that is out of season I am not going to buy frozen, it will be off the menu,” adds McParland.

Everything is made from scratch.

“Anything that is on this menu we made from scratch. We don’t buy mayo, we make our own aioli,” says McParland.

One of the best parts, they focus on buying local.

“It is a different feel for South Bend and that is what we were going for. We are young and we are just trying to make it and be different,” adds Robertson

Prices range from $12 to about $30.

They are open Tuesday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and they are closed Sunday and Monday. ... 59372.html
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