Old ice cream stands can get new life.
Edi Lopez and his sister, Rosy Lopez, bought the former Curly Cone, 917 W. Beardsley Ave., Elkhart. After some rehabilitation, they opened the stand Saturday, Aug. 10, as Eddy & Rosy’s Ice Cream Shop.
The stand opened decades ago and was a favorite neighborhood spot.
It doesn’t have a tenderloin sandwich on the new menu. But you can get tacos or quesadillas, in addition to sundaes, shakes and cones.
The soft-serve can be flavored with something called Flavor Burst. So you can get rum-flavored ice cream and Blue Moon, that Midwestern flavor that tastes like Fruit Loops, cotton candy or other things, depending whom you ask.
The stand hadn’t reopened for the season in 2008 and sat empty since. But Edi Lopez remodeled it when he wasn’t working full-time as a welder. Rosy has worked at Olive Garden and 523 Tap & Grill.
They have their own business now. Rosy said nearly every customer is telling them how happy they are the stand is open again.
Hours were 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week, but Rosy said they’d be switching to 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Phone: 574-294-8666
The annual Taste of the Gardenwill showcase some of Elkhart’s restaurants this coming Saturday.
The event from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Wellfield Botanic Gardens, 1011 N. Main St., Elkhart, features restaurants serving in an outdoor setting. Music and art will be part of the event too, but the food is the focus for many (including me).
A list from the organizers indicates that 17 restaurants will be at the event, serving items costing $1 to $6.
The Elkhart restaurants on the list are 523 Tap & Grill, Texas Roadhouse, b on the River, Christiana Creek Country Club, Great Wall, McCarthy’s on the Riverwalk, Baker’s Nook Cafe, SugaRush Desserts, Between the Buns, Chubby Trout, Flippin’ Cow and Mod Mex. Iechyd Da Brewing Co. will also be serving its beer.
Honey’s Frozen Yogurt and Rolling Scones from Goshen will participate, as will Dickie’s at Swan Lake Resort, Plymouth.
I’ll put more information about the proposed menu on the blog this week at blogs.etruth.com/diningalaking.
The paper is off the windows at Noodle Heads, the new restaurant in Goshen. You can see a restaurant inside now.
The Asian noodle bar at 127 S. Main St. has been in the works for a while and could open as early as this week. Stay tuned.
Mattern’s Countryside Meats LLC is operating the Mattern’s Event Center at Coppes Commons.
The former furniture factory at 401 E. Market St., Nappanee, has a number of businesses, but also has rooms that seat up to 250 and 350, according to information from the Matterns.
Bill Mattern and his family also operate Mattern’s Butcher Shop & Corner Deli, 201 S. Main St., Goshen.
Sports Time Family Pub & Grill, 56199 Parkway Ave., Elkhart, is having a benefit for Sarah Crane on Saturday, Aug. 24.
Owner Cristy Eldridge said the Pack the Place Purple event will give the Crane family 15 percent of all sales, as well as donations people make, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday.
Reservations can be made at 574-970-5940
Crane has stage four colon cancer.
Come to the Table raised $73,500 for Family Christian Development Center. Chefs from Nappanee, Warsaw and surrounding areas fed 310 people at the event on Aug. 10. This was the second annual event for the agency that provides food, clothing and other resources to people in need.
The courses I got to taste were nicely done.
The agency is growing and the fundraiser helps provide funding. Mayor Larry Thompson praised the food, according to a press release from the agency. “FCDC can be proud of this event,” he said.
Look for news this week on a collaboration between SugaRush and b on the River. The two Elkhart restaurants are on the brink of a big announcement, according to Liz Naquin Borger. I’ll have details on the blog when they’re available.
Marshall V. King is managing editor and food columnist for The Elkhart Truth. You can reach him at email@example.com, 574-296-5805 or via Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. His favorite food is currently BLTs.