A Subway location on the south side of Elkhart didn’t just get a makeover.
Owner Scot Giddings moved the sandwich shop down Benham Avenue to the former Popeye’s Chicken location. The move from a building a bit north gave the business a new look, an updated dining room and a drive-through.
Business is good, even better than Giddings expected. “It’s just nice. That made a big difference,” he said. “We’re happy to be there.”
Locations in Wakarusa and along Nappanee Street in Elkhart also have drive-throughs, but Giddings said at the Benham location employees make the sandwich as you speak to them through the speaker. “We make it as they order it,” he said.
He’d like to find new locations for some of the six other locations, he said.
The store is open until 10 p.m. seven nights a week and opens at 7 a.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday.
The Elkhart Truth has a new cookbookcelebrating the winners of baking and cooking contests from the 2013 Elkhart County 4-H Fair. The beautiful book is available at the Truth offices, 421 S. Second St., Elkhart, for $14.99. If you want a copy mailed to you, you can call 574-294-1661 and we’ll add $3 for shipping and handling. But the coolest way to view the book is as an iTunes download or in the Google Play and Amazon stores for Android tablets. That version is $4.99. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Elkhart County’s Extension programs.
Readers touted two other Thanksgiving meals to add to last week’s list. I’ll run it again next week, but the additions are that Christiana Creek Country Club has a public buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. The cost is $15.95 for adults, $7.95 for children 12 and younger, according to chef Brian Steinway. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 574-264-3060, ext. 104. Granite City Food and Brewery in Mishawaka also has a buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
I didn’t realize Elkhart has a “house of pho” until recently. Charles May and Sari Sar, along with their daughter Sapphire Hanbounleng, opened Angkor Wat House of Pho at 319 W. Lusher Ave., Elkhart, this summer. They serve Cambodian and Chinese food. I had decent pad thai and a great spring roll last week. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Phone: 574-294-4151
Panda Express locations are collecting donations to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan, according to a press release. Panda Restaurant Group has done this with past disasters, raising $1.6 million since 2011.
I tried McDonald’s Mighty Wings, which were a special item. Did they sell well enough to stay on the menu? Probably not. Consumers weren’t sold, according to Business Week. I wasn’t either. The fried, slightly spicy wing, was underwhelming. McNuggets are scary little pieces of glued-together chicken, but they taste better than these. (And yes, I still have a McDonald’s hamburger purchased in July 2009 that lives in a file drawer in the newsroom.)
I neglected to include the price of Friday’s Salvation Army Pancake Day in last week’s column. Tickets are $5 in advance, $6 at the door at 1013 N. Main St., Goshen.
Marshall V. King is managing editor and food columnist for The Elkhart Truth. You can reach him at 574-296-5805, email@example.com, on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.