Antojitos Mexicanos closes in Elkhart

A local restaurant closes and other morsels of food news.
Posted on Nov. 5, 2012 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Nov. 5, 2012 at 5:20 a.m.

I'm sad to see Antojitos Mexicanos close.

Brett Coppins and Linda Soto opened the restaurant at the corner of Main and Middlebury streets in downtown Elkhart. The Mexican food was simple and good.

But Soto was arrested recently for an immigration-related issue and Coppins, while expressing sympathy and support for her and her family, couldn't keep her employed.

For a few weeks, volunteers helped keep the place open, but last week he announced on Facebook that he was closing the restaurant and putting it up for sale.

The small restaurant was a nice addition to downtown and showed a lot of promise in a location that has had a lot of restaurants fail.

The story of Antojitos Mexicanos may not be over, but for now, it's taken a sad turn.

Ÿ Fat Tomato, 4100 E. Bristol, Elkhart, has a new menu. A few new items have been added and at lunch, some express items are on the menu. Both dinner and lunch menus include a number of baked pastas, sandwiches, appetizers, pizzas and entrees. During a visit last week, I tried the new shrimp cocktail with an Absolut Peppar cocktail sauce that had nice flavor.

Ÿ Bob Evans restaurants around the United States are giving food to local charities in November and December. The Goshen location is giving food and money to The Window, according to Elizabeth Yoder, assistant manager. It's collecting donations to buy Farmhouse Feasts for the Goshen agency that helps those in need. The Elkhart location is giving meals to the Elkhart County Women's Shelter, according to the manager Cassandra Hobday.

Bob Evans Farms will match donations nationally up to $25,000.

A Farmhouse Feast is a holiday meal for eight that sells for $74.99.

Ÿ Ben's Soft Pretzels will be selling its pretzel take-home kits at Martin's Super Markets, according to a press release. The kits, which makes eight to 12 pretzels, will be available early this month at all locations of the grocery chain based in South Bend, according to co-owner Brian Krider. The kit, which includes a buy-one-get-one-free coupon for a Ben's store pretzel, will retail for $9.99. Ben's is now selling pretzels at events at University of Notre Dame and University of Wisconsin, as well as stores at Concord Mall and University Park Mall.

Ÿ The authors of “The Daily Feast,” a cookbook by the Graber family, will be presenting an Afternoon Sabbatical at Goshen College at noon Tuesday, Nov. 13. Esther Rose Graber and four of her daughters will present on the book they authored. A Caribbean meal will be served. The cost is $20 and the registration deadline was Saturday, but if you want to call and see if spots are available, the number is 574-535-7565.

Ÿ Shipshewana will have a Chocolate Walk on Nov. 17. A number of stores will be involved. You can buy a $15 pass at Aunt Millie's Candy on the third floor of the Davis Mercantile starting at 9 a.m. that day or by calling 260-7868-7728, according to a press release. If you visit all the locations, you'll get a pound of chocolate. The event benefits Compassion Pregnancy Center in LaGrange, according to a press release.

Marshall V. King is news/multimedia editor and food columnist for The Elkhart Truth/eTruth.com. You can reach him at mking@etruth.com, 574-296-5805, on Twitter @hungrymarshall or via Facebook. His blog is at www.blogs.etruth.com/diningalaking/.


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