Larry Libey really would like to open Back Alley Brewery in the back of 211 S. Main St., Goshen.
He may finally be a bit closer — now that the Department of Homeland Security has approved plans for a second handicapped accessible bathroom.
Yep. You read that right.
“The fire marshal now reports to Homeland Security. We have another level of government,” Libey said.
He bought the Gateway Cellar Winery in September 2011 and started on a brewery in April 2012. The legal headaches began soon thereafter. The federal permit process took months. He’s doing some remodeling and plumbing and hope to finally open in July.
Clarification: Gary Haney, chief building inspector for the city of Goshen, said in a May 13 email that the State Department of Fire and Building Services, has been part of the Department of Homeland Security since 2003. There hasn't been a change in rules and Libey's experience isn't different than what others would go through.
Ÿ The pizzeria in New Paris, Elkhart County’s biggest unincorporated town, got new owners the first of this year.
Greg Stump and his daughter Brittany took over Old Time Pizza and are now calling it Stumpy’s Old Time Pizza.
Reader Denise Long touted the food and service. They’re now using fresh ingredients, said Brittany, who is managing the restaurant at 19152 Market St. In addition to pizza and other sandwiches, they’ve added pulled pork they’re making.
“Business is going great right now,” Brittany said.
Hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Phone 831-4160
Ÿ The Subway restaurant on the south side of Elkhart is relocating. Owner Scot Giddings said renovations are underway at the former Popeye’s Chicken location at 2727 Benham Ave. The nearby location that has been open since 1993 will close. Giddings has owned and operated it the last seven years in a building alongside Pierre Moran Mall/Woodland Crossing. It’s one of seven Subways that he owns.
The new location is larger, free-standing and will have a drive-through like his locations on Nappanee Street and in Wakarusa, he said. “It’ll look really nice,” he said.
He hopes to open in early September.
Thanks to reader Dave Everett for noticing the work underway and asking what was going in there.
Ÿ Little American Restaurant opened recently at 510 W. Lincoln Ave., Goshen, in Linway Plaza. The spot has been a number of restaurants, including Backyard BBQ. Mauro Puga, who also owns Joanna’s on the south side of Goshen, opened the restaurant, according to an employee. Like Joanna’s, Little American serves a large menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Marshall V. King is news/multimedia editor and food columnist for The Elkhart Truth. You can reach him at email@example.com, 574-296-5805, via Twitter @hungrymarshall or the Dining A La King Facebook page. His blog is at blogs.etruth.com/diningalaking and you can subscribe to receive each update.