Heinnie’s celebrates 60th anniversary

    Historical recap and celebration week activities at Heinnie's 60th anniversary.

    Posted on Aug. 10, 2011 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Aug. 10, 2011 at 5:49 p.m.

    Heinnie’s restaurant, 1743 W. Lusher Ave., turns 60 this year and is hosting an anniversary party to celebrate.

    The festivities began on Monday with an Elkhart City Police Give Back Night, when EPD officers worked as bussers and servers at the steakhouse. A portion of the night’s proceeds were donated to local police programs. Tuesday was vintage car night with a 1950s theme, and Wednesday featured a callout for Mustang cars and 1960’s-era clothing.

    Heinnie’s is owned and operated by Bill and Troy DeShone. The brothers took over the business from their father in 1987. It originally belonged to their father’s father, Harry “Heinnie” DeShone, who opened the it as a bar during Prohibition. After a move from its original Tyler Street location to Lusher Ave., and some quality improvements by Bill and Troy, the establishment gained notoriety for its sandwiches and steaks.

    The public is welcome to join in the activities. They continue tonight with an open invitation for motorcyclists to attend, and live music by Pete Axsom and John Ickas. The designated theme is 1970s. On Friday look for an outdoor beer tent, a 1980s theme and live performances by the Coffin Connection from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Cousin Vinny from 9 p.m. to midnight. On Saturday the beer tent will be back along with gigs by The Denny Benny Project from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Dr. Phil and the Thrill from 9 p.m. to midnight.

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