Quick Bites: Calabria to close due to retirements
Posted: 06/04/2012 at 1:15 am
By: Marshall V. King
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Freddie and Gina Porpiglia pose in this family photo in the kitchen of Calabria Restaurant, Elkhart. The couple is retiring at the end of June and the restaurant will close. (Photo Supplied)
The wait is over. Iechyd Da is open.
The new brewpub opened Friday with six beers on tap, as well as its own root beer and ginger beer. It closed a few hours later due to a cooler malfunction, but opened again Saturday.
Owners Chip and Summer Lewis already have a lot of fans and are pretty excited to be open at 317 N. Main St., Elkhart. “It’s that moment when you get to do the live reveal to the world. It’s exciting,” she said.
The menu has four pizzas, four sandwiches and several snacks, but should expand in the coming weeks.
“It’s just time,” she said of the opening, which eTruth.com’s beer blogger Eric Strader announced Thursday online.
I got a look and taste Thursday night. The interior is lovely. The beverages are very good. The menu is a good start. If you go, be patient and give the place some grace. The Lewises and their seven employees are likely to be crazy busy in the coming weeks.
The brewpub is for age 21 and older. Hours are 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Phone is 574-293-0506.
The mug club, which features discounts and special events, is $40 a year and limited to 200 mugs.
• Gina and Freddie Calabria are ready to retire and that means that Calabria will close at the end of the month.
The Italian restaurant at 21813 S.R. 120, Elkhart, has been open 17 years, according to their son Nino, who has helped run the place. Freddie built the restaurant. Gina is in the kitchen six nights a week. “Every day, every night,” she said with a smile.
As they retire, the family will say goodbye and close. “There’s no Calabria without Gina,” Nino said.
“I wanted them to enjoy their retirement, not spend it in a hot kitchen,” Nino said, noting that he’ll re-enter the job market.
The coming month will be about saying goodbye. They’ll offer favorite dishes and drink specials. “Basically what we want to do is hug all our customers and say thank you,” said Nino, who’s recommending people make reservations for dinner.
Hours are 5 to 9:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The last day of business is June 30.
• Guggisberg Cheese Deutsch Kase Haus on W 250 North west of Shipshewana will have a customer appreciation day on Saturday, June 16. One person will win four pounds of cheese a month for a year, according to a press release.
• Antonio’s had a Swine and Vine event last week to showcase zinfandel wines and a variety of pork dishes, including porchetta. Owner Paul Cataldo and his staff and Jay Fields of Indiana Wholesale Wine and Liquor Co. did a great job presenting a range of flavors on the restaurant’s patio. It had a different feel than a wine dinner.
• Spots are filling on the bus trip we’ll take Sunday, but some seats remain. We’ll leave from Constant Spring and stop in Elkhart before heading to Greenbush, Bare Hands and Iechyd Da breweries. You can sign up at Constant Spring, 219 S. Main St., or at www.aconstantspring.com/bus-trip/.
Marshall V. King is news/multimedia editor and food columnist for The Elkhart Truth/eTruth.com. You can reach him at 574-296-5805, email@example.com, on Twitter @hungrymarshall or via www.facebook.com/diningalaking.