Last week was a big one for Elkhart County restaurant news.
The biggest news was that Chef Kelly Graff, who owns and operates Kelly Jae’s Cafe and Kelly Jae’s Next Door, plans to open another place a couple doors north along Main Street in Goshen.
Noodle Head could open in late May, she said. Work is under way in the former Il Forno at 127 N. Main St. It will become a noodle shop. “It’s going to be very different,” Graff said. Asian flavors will be key, but she also plans to do a play on Amish noodles, she said. She compared it to Urban Belly in Chicago.
You can read more online at blogs.etruth.com/diningalaking.
Cappy’s Northside reportedly sold more Budweiser than anywhere in Indiana when Miles Lab, Whitehall and other businesses surrounded the bar, according to owner Merle Anderson.
Merle and his wife, Linda, don’t expect those days to return, but they have taken over the place at 1000 N. Michigan St. and brought it back. Fresh paint and a big rehabilitation job inside have it ready to open as early as this coming week.
Charley Walker said he remembers bringing his wife and two children for walleye back in the 1950s. “I’m just glad to see it’s going to come back,” he said at a gathering for friends last week. “They’re going to make it into a family place and probably going to have good food.”
Linda’s grandfather and uncle operated the place for many years. Now she’s planning to make and serve Italian food. Craft beer taps have been added as well.
The place has a lot of history. The neighborhood around it has changed. And the Andersons have made some changes. But they hope to bring it back in this era with an appreciation of what came before.
You can read more on the blog, and see some photos of what the remodeled space looks like.
Hours will be 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 10 to 11 Friday and Saturday. A patio will also open soon.
Kowloon Chinese Restaurant didn’t make it. The restaurant opened in September 2011, but last week a sign was on the door indicating the restaurant at 1130 W. Bristol St., Elkhart, was closed permanently.
For the 43rd year, St. Thomas the Apostle Church had its spring salad luncheon. The event on Wednesday fed around 500 people with dozens, if not hundreds, of salads provided by people in the Catholic parish in Elkhart.
The primary salad is always hot chicken salad, which I’d actually call a casserole. It has chicken, celery, mayonnaise and potato chips, among other ingredients. You can find the full recipe on the blog.
The event raises money for the church and local charity. On a day when it was still snowing, the food and company were very nice.
Tim Foley won another award recently as he prepares to open a new business. The chef and owner of Bit of Swiss in Stevensville, Mich., is working on opening breadbar, a Benton Harbor place focused on small plates that will offer salads, entrees, breads and desserts, as well as cocktails, according to Lori Holewczynski, who is helping on the project.
He has been accepted into the Maîtres Cusiniers de France (Master Chefs of France). It’s a prestigious award and pretty amazing for someone from the rural Midwest to get.
Bonneyville Mill, the “oldest continuously operating water-powered gristmill in Indiana,” will open for the 2013 season on May 1. The mill will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May through October.
A pancake and cornmeal mush breakfast, along with sausage, will be served from 7 to 11 a.m. May 4 in the Baldwin One Room School at Bonneyville Mill County Park.
This week marks the 13th anniversary of Dining A La King. The first column appeared in late April 2000. Thanks for being faithful readers and for eating along with me all these years. Your suggestions and tips are immensely helpful.
I have a great bottle of olive oil from Napa, Calif., to give away to a lucky reader soon. I’ll tell you in a future column how you can win it.
Marshall V. King is news/multimedia editor and food columnist for The Elkhart Truth. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org, 296-5805, on Twitter @hungrymarshall;[/URL] or via [URL]Facebook. His blog is at www.blogs.elkharttruth.com/diningalaking and you can subscribe so that you’re notified every time he posts.