The new Electric Brew is looking good.
Plumbing and electrical work are being done. Then comes some painting. And then comes the move to 118 E. Washington Ave., Goshen.
Owner Myron Bontrager is tentatively planning to close at 109 W. Washington St. after business Saturday, July 27, and move across the street on the next day. He may be able to open at the new location on Monday, July 29, he said.
The new location was vacated by Better World Books and is about double the size of the current Electric Brew, which I think started much of the reinvention of the downtown with its opening in 1996.
The Brew, which Tony Kauffman and Brenda Hostetler started, was about more than coffee. It was a significant place that changed the culture of downtown.
Bontrager has continued that and said he plans to change as little as he can even as he moves across the street.
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Levi King said he plans to open a new Jo Jo’s Pretzels at 109 W. Washington after Bontrager moves.
Kelly Graff said that Noodle Heads could open in two to three weeks along Main Street in Goshen.
The opening was delayed from late May until likely early August because of a number of things, but they are close to opening, she said.
The restaurant will be an Asian fusion noodle shop at 127 S. Main St., Goshen.
A question last week from a reader about where to find the best fried chicken now that Ma’s/Riverview Tavern has closed didn’t get a lot of response, but Bill Beckford said he loves chicken and what’s served at Hopper’s in Goshen. I know that Heinnie’s in Elkhart has good fried chicken too. Reader Syd Troyer also pointed out that Pete’s Simonton Lake Tavern and Michael’s in Elkhart have good chicken.
Sports Time Family Pub & Grill is offering fair food specials this week, including deep-fried burgers, fried vegetables, strawberry shortcake and other items. This is the fourth year the restaurant at 56199 Parkway Ave., Elkhart, is doing the specials, according to owner Cristy Eldridge.
The restaurant is also doing a Give Back night for Muscular Dystrophy Association on Tuesday, July 23. Any customer with a coupon or mentioning the give-back will prompt a donation of 15 percent of the bill from the restaurant to MDA.
Rise’n Roll Bakery, 1065 N. 1150 West, Middlebury, (along U.S. 20 east of S.R. 13) will be offering free donuts during National Smile Week Aug. 5-9, according to a press release. If you buy one and say, “Rise’n Roll Bakery makes me smile,” employees will give you a second donut.
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