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The Dunlap King Gyros location looks different enough that people don't recognize it anymore.
Bill Latif watched other restaurants around him remodel and figured it was time for him to do so too.
He wishes that his King Gyros location wouldn't have been closed from July 4 to Nov. 2, but he's been so busy since reopening that he doesn't have any regrets.
“We've had a really good couple weeks here,” he said.
He's had the restaurant at 3520 S. Main St., Elkhart, for 15 years. Before King Gyros, it was a Subway and before that, a Dairy Queen.
Latif's lease ended and he purchased the building, so he decided to invest in it.
Contractors redid the facade and patio, as well as adding a new cooler and air conditioning. A former tattoo parlor next door was torn down to create additional parking space. “It's really nice to clean it up,” Latif said.
Kevin Pisani said that while it was closed, he would “wait and pray” for it to reopen. The Edwardsburg resident was there with his wife, Michelle, on Friday enjoying lunch. He said he prefers the Dunlap location to other King Gyros and is pleased with the new look.
“I think it's awesome,” he said. “We love this place.”
The restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily except Friday, when it stays open until 11 p.m.
Ÿ Sauk Trail on 17, 56039 C.R. 17, Elkhart, is making some changes. Marc Lancaster, who owned and operated Sauk Trail in Union and then came to C.R. 17, has moved to Florida and is pursuing other interests, according to Ray Stults, who is majority owner and now manages the restaurant.
Lancaster left about six weeks ago. Stults, who came out of retirement, hired Chad Coryn, who had been a chef there when it was Indigo on 17, as the new kitchen manager. “We're a smokehouse,” Stults said, noting that they're making refinements to capitalize on that niche.
Business is picking up. “It's actually pretty good right now,” he said.
A new menu, lunch hours and Monday hours are in the works, he said. Hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday for the full menu and later for the bar.
Ÿ In last week's column, I errantly said that Lakeshore Grill sponsored the annual Leprechaun Leap. Owner Cam Snyder quickly and accurately pointed out my column wasn't “squeaky clean” and that neighboring Pete's Simonton Lake Tavern sponsors that event. Also, Lakeshore was only a bar two years before Snyder bought it and renamed it.
Ÿ The Elkhart County Parks are having a program on making homemade butter and jam from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Ox Bow Haus Shelter. The cost is $4 per person and the program is suitable for all ages. Reservations are requested by Thursday, Dec. 6. Information: 574-535-6458
Ÿ Whole Foods Market, which is preparing to open in spring 2013 on Grape Road in Mishawaka, is having a local vendor fair on Dec. 6 at the Courtyard Mishawaka. The chain has a goal of sourcing 20 percent of its products from local producers, according to a press release. Those interested in learning more can go to wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/southbend.
Marshall V. King is news/multimedia editor and food columnist for The Elkhart Truth/eTruth.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org, 574-296-5805, on Twitter @hungrymarshall or via Facebook. His blog is at www.blogs.etruth.com/diningalaking/.