Goshen may get a new Wings Etc.

News on a new Wings Etc., where to find smelt, Eat Granger and other items.
Posted on April 8, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

A new Wings Etc. location in Goshen could be open later this year, according to one of the owners of the company.

Rob Hensmann, chief financial officer, said the company is still working out details, but construction could start soon. A 2.1-acre plot near Meijer in Dunlap would become part of the city of Goshen and have the new restaurant.

“We feel like people love Wings Etc. and we need to give them a location close by where they can satisfy that need,” Hensmann said.

The busy Buffalo Wild Wings nearby along U.S. 33 wasn’t the only reason Wings is opening there. “It’s a vibrant commercial area,” he said.

The new location would be similar in size to the one on the south side of Goshen — about 4,000 square feet.

This would be the ninth company-owned location and 26th overall, he said. The first opened in Mishawaka in 1994. In 2008, partners, including Hensmann, joined founder Jim Weaver and started expanding.

The former Rivals sports bar, 11480 McKinley Highway, Osceola, was officially converted to a Wings Etc. on March 11 after the company took it over Dec. 28, Hensmann said. “For us, it’s a commercial area we need to be in,” he said, noting that now that the weather is warming, that restaurant will soon get a fresh coat of exterior paint.

Ÿ It’s a good time to go eat in Granger. “Eat Granger” will take place April 12-21. South Bend Foodies’ Michele Scherpenberg has orchestrated the event that will feature three-course menus at the Granger restaurants for $15 to $30 each, depending on the meal and restaurant. Participants include Uptown Kitchen, Tony Sacco’s Coal Oven Pizzeria, Villa Macri, Ruth’s Chris and a number of others. You can get more information at www.eatgranger.com or via Twitter and Facebook.

Ÿ Kits to help kids grow food for an activity at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair are available starting Monday, April 8. A total of 125 Growums Gardens will be distributed for young people to a garden of pizza or taco ingredients. The activity coordinated by Sara Granberg isn’t a 4-H project and children aged 6 to 18 will be able to bring the vegetables to the fair on July 22, 23 or 24. Kits are available at library branches in downtown Elkhart, Dunlap, Goshen, Middlebury and Wakarusa as well as Animal Aid Clinic South and the Elkhart and Goshen offices of Bristol Street Pediatric Associates. (The initial version had Sara's last name as Wesdorp. Her married name is Granberg.)

Ÿ Another Dyngus Day has come and gone. The Elkhart Knights of Columbus fed hundreds of people last Monday. Several restaurants in Elkhart County also offered specials. The polish sausage at the KofC was as good as its ever been. This year, Charlie’s Butcher Block made it again this year and it was laden with garlic. The other items on the plate were pretty good, though the sweet and sour cabbage I had at lunch wasn’t sweet or sour. I think the issue was fixed in later batches.

Ÿ A number of readers responded to a reader question about where to find fried smelt locally. Pete’s Simonton Lake has it available, according to reader Mary Beth Hess Bella. Owner Merle Anderson said it’s available daily. Hunter’s Place has all-you-can-eat smelt on Fridays and Cheri’s Rib Shack in Granger has smelt as well, accord to Kimberly Whittaker. Every Friday night Raymond’s in Wakarusa has all-you-can-eat smelt as well, according to Doug Odiorne. Fred Bellman said The Four Square in Edwardsburg has it on the menu.

Ÿ Reader Yolanda Boling misses the mojos that were served at The Firehouse and would like the recipe. Can anyone out there help? If I get something that may help, I’ll share the recipe.

Marshall V. King is news/multimedia editor and food columnist for The Elkhart Truth/eTruth.com. You can reach him at mking@etruth.com, 574-296-5805, on Twitter @hungrymarshall;[/URL] or via [URL]Facebook. His blog is at www.blogs.etruth.com/diningalaking and you can subscribe so that you’re notified every time he posts.

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