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Popular restaurant to get new owners

Constant Spring, a popular restaurant and bar in Goshen, has been sold.

Posted on June 10, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on June 11, 2013 at 7:46 a.m.

GOSHEN — The Constant Spring will have new owners starting next week.

Owner Jason Oswald said Monday, June 10, that he’s selling the bar to Aaron and Kendra (Ellington) Nafziger.

Oswald opened the bar in 2006 at 219 S. Main St., Goshen, after seeing a need in Goshen. He had been in the construction business before that.

“I had no idea what to expect,” he said. “I’m obviously very proud of what it’s become.”

The restaurant and bar features local, organic food and a variety of craft beers. It’s a popular weekend spot, but also attracts large dinner crowds throughout the week and offers ethnic food on Wednesday nights.

Oswald finished telling his staff on Monday about the ownership change. Aaron Nafziger will work there this week and then take over. Oswald will remain as the landlord of the building.

“I’m glad that Constant Spring is going to continue on with people who understand what it means to the community. I wouldn’t have sold it to just anybody,” Oswald said.

Nafziger, 26, said he joked about owning the Spring as a regular customer, but starting two months ago he and his wife talked about and then he started conversation with Oswald. The last 1½ months they’ve been working out the details.

He will be the primary manager. His wife may be there some, but “it’s going to be my baby,” he said.

Nafziger said he didn’t want another Goshen restaurant and bar. He loved the Spring, which is the “Cheers” bar for some of his family and others in Goshen. “I’m passionate about being part of that,” he said.

He also doesn’t plan major changes in the first few months. “It’s not broken, I can say that,” he said of the business.

Oswald said he’s ready to do something else and has a few options.

“I like to build things,” Oswald said, noting that he gets excited when he gets to change something. He said he feels like he’s done a good thing with the Spring.

“I want it to continue,” he said.

The Nafzigers are Goshen residents who both graduated from Goshen High School.

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