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Good things come out of the oven in the basement of The Old Bag Factory in Goshen.
It's been that way for years. Rolling Scones is the most recent purveyor of yumminess, but Rachel's Bread started there before moving to the Goshen Farmers Market. Electric Brew had an outpost there for a time and Brown Bean Coffee House had good food. (Upstairs, The Trolley Cafe is offering good stuff too.)
A year ago, Joyce and Jim Scott, with her mother, Rose, started Rolling Scones in the lower level of the historic building.
Joyce became a fan of scones when she was baking them for The Refinery Cafe a handful of years ago. After she left there and worked elsewhere, people wanted her scones, so she rented a kitchen and started baking. Last November, they opened what they thought was a bakery in the Bag Factory at 1100 Chicago Ave., Goshen. But then people wanted lunch and breakfast items too, so they started adding sandwiches, soups and Puerto Rican food to the menu.
In a kitchen without a stove or vent, they use the ovens or rice cookers to make all the food. "Everything is roasted, steamed or baked," she said.
Scott and her mother, known as Mama Rosa, make the buttery pastries that are at the heart of the business. The range of options includes berries, white chocolate, chocolate and even pumpkin nut. The $1.75 scones aren't low-fat, but they are making a sugar-free version. King Arthur Flour and organic ingredients are part of the baked goods. I don't need white chocolate or those cinnamon baking chips in my scones, but enough options are usually available that I can avoid those.
The brownies, bars and cinnamon rolls are pretty good, too.
The breakfast and lunch options continue to grow. The chalkboard on the wall doesn't include the oatmeal at breakfast or pitas at lunch, but they're on the menu. Many of the items feature natural or organic ingredients. Joyce and Jim's children live in urban settings where more of that type of food is featured.
"It's kind of hard to find that kind of place locally," she said, so they make it part of their business.
What you shouldn't miss is the Puerto Rican food, which is served as a plate of pork or chicken with rice, beans and greens with the excellent house vinaigrette. On the first and third Saturday of the month, the plate of hearty, simple and delicious food is $6.99. Joyce's family is Puerto Rican and they chose to offer the option as part of their business. I'm glad they did.
Like the Brown Bean, Rolling Scones is becoming more of a restaurant than the owners expected. "I'm a baker," Joyce said. But so far it's working. They're trying to grow slowly and the response to what they're doing has been good. They've catered a wedding. Groups are making reservations for parties.
They don't know what comes next, but a year in, they're doing fine. They're baking and offering other food. They had live music recently in their downstairs space and stay open if LVD's is having a show upstairs. They have a large Christmas tree with ornaments showing what kids at the Goshen Boys & Girls Club need and customers can help put gifts under the tree.
As the holidays approach, Rolling Scones offers another option if you need food for the workplace or a family gathering and don't have time to bake.
* Goshen native Daniel Thut and his brother-in-law/business partner, Douglas Witmer, have a chain of coffeehouses called Greenline Cafe in West Philadelphia, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. They were mentioned in an article on the value of greenspaces in an urban environment. They have three locations.
* Club LaSalle is having a harvest meal with beer pairings on Dec. 8. The cost is $60 per person plus tax and tip. Information: www.lasallegrille.com or 288-1155
* Miguel Jimenez Marquez of Elkhart will compete in the second round of the Texas Roadhouse National Meat Cutting Challenge Tuesday in Rhode Island. He'll compete against 18 others for the title of 2011 Meat Cutter of the Year and $20,000. He cuts the steaks used at the Elkhart location of Texas Roadhouse.
* Oinkers, 411 E. Jackson Blvd., Elkhart, has new hours, according to a sign on the door. The barbecue restaurant is open from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Marshall V. King is news/multimedia editor for The Elkhart Truth/eTruth.com. He can be reached at email@example.com, 296-5805 or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/hungrymarshall.
If you go:
What: Rolling Scones
Where: The Old Bag Factory, lower level, 1100 Chicago Ave., Goshen
Fare: Baked goods, sandwiches and soups. Puerto Rican food first and third Saturdays of each month
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 9 to 6 Friday and Saturday
Details: Credit cards not accepted; stairs lead into business, though elevator available from upper floors; catering available; large space for private parties.
On the Web: www.rollingscones.biz