Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Josh Royer is remodeling this location on Second Street in Elkhart to become a pizza shop. He’s owned a Vesuvio’s Pizza location for 15 years. (Truth Photo By Marshall V. King) (MARSHALL V. KING)
Downtown Elkhart is getting a new pizza place
Posted on Aug. 11, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

After about 15 years on the northwest side of Elkhart, Josh Royer is moving downtown.

The owner of The Original Vesuvio’s Pizza closed last year in Parkmor Plaza along Bristol Street. He’s renovating a building at the corner of Second and Marion streets, a block from Main Street and across the street from the Elkhart Truth offices.

He plans to open sometime this fall in the new location.

He said that Parkmor Plaza isn’t busy enough anymore. Many of the stores are gone. Miles Laboratories/Bayer Corp. is too.

“It was OK when the plaza was full, Miles (Lab) was there and the factories,” he said.

He’s moving downtown and will likely have a similar menu with pizza, pasta, sandwiches and even some fried items. He’s also interested in adding gluten-free and whole wheat items.

The new restaurant will have Vesuvio’s in the name and likely be called Primo Vesuvio’s. Vesuvio’s was one business, but at some point became multiple businesses owned by different people. The restaurant will likely be open seven days a week and serve lunch and dinner, he said.

Ÿ The second annual Come to the Table dinner was this weekend in Nappanee to benefit the Family Christian Development Center. Karen Stoltzfus, executive director, said the event was sold out and they were planning to feed 325 people. Around 12 chefs and a variety of restaurants were providing food to raise money for the organization that helps those in need in Nappanee. The fundraising goal for the event was $75,000.

Ÿ Kelly Huffman, owner of Honey’s Frozen Yogurt Shop in Goshen, is looking at opening a second location on the north side of Elkhart. Stay tuned for more details on where once she gets some plans finalized. She’s also working on opening tea shop in Goshen, she said.

Ÿ Greater Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church is having another barbecue this week. Ribs, rib tips and chicken will be available from 11 a.m. to until sometime in the afternoon Friday and Saturday at 1829 Oakland Ave., Elkhart.

Ÿ The Electric Brew opened in its new location on Tuesday after a move Aug. 4-5. It was busy this week at 118 E. Washington St., Goshen, as customers lined up in the new space.

The coffee shop is in the former Better World Books location. And the former Brew location at Main and Washington will become a Jo Jo’s Pretzels shop.

Ÿ Congratulations to Bonnie Woodlee, who noticed a line at the end of one of last week’s columns and was the first to email. She won a bottle of olive oil from Vinoce Winery.

Ÿ Around the Corner Cafe is opening a second location, possibly as early as Saturday, Aug. 17, in the former Minuteman Drive-In location along U.S. 33 near C.R. 13. The original Around the Corner is at 231 N. Main St., Elkhart. A sign in front of the new location is announcing the opening and an employee confirmed it.

Ÿ I’m hearing rumblings that Noodle Heads, a new noodle bar in Goshen, is getting closer to opening but I still don’t have a firm date.

Ÿ A sign in the former Sweet Creams Soda Shop, 700 S. Main St., Elkhart, indicates that it will become a juice bar.

Marshall V. King is managing editor and food columnist for The Elkhart Truth. You can reach him at, 574-296-5805 or via Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.