Quick Bites: Crimaldi's changing, Indian opening, Sawadee closed and how to go to Traverse City

Take it easy. We’ve got you covered with your Labor Day edition of Quick Bites.

Posted on Sept. 1, 2014 at 4:00 a.m.

Crimaldi’s will have a new look, new menu and new man in charge.

Mike Lucchese will operate Crimaldi’s Restaurant & Lounge, 117-9 E. Jackson Blvd. It’s closed as he paints the interior, changes the menu and takes over as the operator. He’ll lease it from Mike Crimaldi, who purchased the Bozzo’s bar in October 1980 with his late mother, Shirley. They renamed it a few years later.

Crimaldi has had the business on the market about three years while he kept operating it. Lucchese moved back to Elkhart from Chicago a year and a half ago and worked with his cousins at Lucchese’s Italian Restaurant, 601 C.R. 17, Elkhart.

Eventually, the name will become Turzo’s in honor of his grandmother, Lucchese said. When it reopens as early as Sept. 8, it’ll have a new menu with Chicago hot dogs, Italian beef and other sandwiches, as well as pasta. He plans to make his own bread and sauces and serve a sausage sandwich with onions, sauce and cheese that is similar to what was at Nicky D’s on Harrison Street years ago.

Hours for Crimaldi’s will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

The buildings at 117 and 119 E. Jackson have a rich history. Business started there in 1883, according to information provided to Crimaldi by Elkhart historian Paul Thomas. In 1899, it became a grocery, bakery and saloon. Over the years, 117 was mostly a grocery or tavern, including Bozzo’s. The western address at 119 was a tire store but often housed various shoe repairmen.

Indian restaurant to open Friday

Owner Bobby Singh said Maple Indian Cuisine will open Sept. 5, First Friday.

The new restaurant at 127 S. Main St., Goshen, has been eagerly anticipated and will be the first Indian restaurant in Elkhart County.

The restaurant will have a buffet all day its first day. Normal hours will be 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. seven days a week for the $8.99 buffet and 5:30 to 10 p.m. seven days for menu dining.

How to go to Traverse City

More than 20 people are signed up to go along to Traverse City, Mich., in October.

The Dining A La King/Flavor 574 trip is planned and could use a few more eager participants.

The foodie tour will leave Elkhart that Sunday and stop at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Mich., before going farther north to Brewery Terra Firma. Supper will be at Right Brain Brewery.

On Monday, Oct. 20, the group will head to The Village at Grand Traverse, a former mental asylum, for tastings at Left Foot Charley, an urban winery, and Higher Grounds Trading Co., a fair trade and organic coffee roaster. Lunch will be at Old Mission Tavern, and then there will be visits to Old Mission Lighthouse and the Lake Michigan shoreline. There will be a tasting at Chateau Chantal, the oldest and largest winery on Old Mission Peninsula, and dinner will be at Mission Table.

On Tuesday, Oct. 21, the the group will tour Perry Hannah House, the mansion of Traverse City's founder, before heading back to Indiana. There will be a lunch and shopping stop in Saugatuck.

The trip includes round-trip motor coach, two nights at Bayshore Resort, five meals, baggage handling, all tours and tastings, and a basic travel protection plan. Edgerton's will send along a tour manager and I'll be the host.

The cost is $649 to $899 per person, depending on how many are in a room. Double occupancy is $729 per person and single occupancy is $899. Three or four people in a room is $679 and $649 per person, respectively.

A $100 deposit holds your space. Reservations can be made by going to www.edgertonstravel.com/grouptravel or by calling 294-3651.

Sawadee closed?

It appears that Sawadee Thai Cuisine is done in Goshen.

The restaurant had closed due to an emergency, according to a friend of the owners. But it hasn’t reopened, according to a number of readers. Dan Shenk said he went there for lunch to find it closed without a sign in the door. The phone number is disconnected, and the shades are drawn at the restaurant.

Sawadee opened in late May. Reviews from those who dined there were mixed. Some said they really liked it and others said the dishes were too sweet.

The location at 1301 Lincolnway East is between downtown Goshen and a commercial corridor to the southeast. It’s had two cafes and two ethnic restaurants in recent years, but all have closed.

The three places in Elkhart County that serve Thai dishes are Lucky’s Donuts, Asia Market and Bangkok Place, all in Elkhart.

Marshall V. King is managing editor and food columnist for The Elkhart Truth. You can reach him at 574-296-5805, mking@elkharttruth.com, on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.


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