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Vicki Hart serves chicken at the Knights of Columbus on Jan. 26, 2013. Fried chicken and potatoes coated in breading mix similar to the original Shakey’s in Elkhart were served along with salad and bread. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Rich Eppers cooks chicken in the Knights of Columbus kitchen on Jan. 26, 2013. Eppers, along with his brother, Matt, and father Joe helped cook and serve the chicken and potatoes their Shakey’s restaurant served in Elkhart. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Vicki Hart (left) and Karen Weldy serve chicken at the Knights of Columbus on Jan. 26, 2013. Fried chicken and potatoes coated in breading mix from similar to the original Shakey’s in Elkhart were served along with salad and bread. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)
Knights of Columbus planning second annual Shakey’s night
Posted on Jan. 13, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.

Bring on the chicken and mojos.

Last year, 640 people attended the dinner offering fried chicken and potatoes similar to those offered at Shakey’s, a popular Elkhart restaurant for three decades.

This year’s event is being planned for noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Elkhart Knights of Columbus hall, 112 E. Lexington Ave., Elkhart. Steve Riikonen said the group can feed a few more people than last year.

Tickets are being sold from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday at the hall (go in the back).

The event raised $4,200 for the group’s various causes last year.

Several hundred tickets had been sold as of late last week.

“We just got done feeding 500 families for Christmas. We’ve got to replenish the coffers,” said Riikonen.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 5 to 13. The event is all-you-can-eat and will include items alongside the popular fried foods.

Fans will be getting tickets. Don’t delay.

Ÿ A potential new owner confirmed Friday that he and his brother hope to open a family restaurant in the former Mad Anthony’s.

Steve Hill and Frank Hill hope plan to purchase the building from First State Bank and open later this year.

And Steve Hill has said he wants it to be like Shakey’s.

People in Elkhart love Shakey’s. That’s why hundreds of them will go to eat the chicken and mojos at the Knights of Columbus on Jan. 25.

It was a popular restaurant in Dunlap and Elkhart several decades ago.

Shakey’s locations still exist, including in the Phillipines and on the West Coast of the United States. But I’d be shocked to see a true Shakey’s franchise open again here.

Hill is smart. He knows the value of the concept. But now that he’s used the term, people will hold him to their expectation. I hope he and his brother can do it.

I’ve already heard people say there’s a lack of parking near the restaurant in the 500 block of Main Street. People said the same thing before and after Mad Anthony’s was open, but I heard it less when people had a place to which they wanted to go. I think there’s plenty of parking, it’s just not in one gigantic parking lot.

Ÿ The Dining A La King trip to California needs some more people. We hope to leave Feb. 6 and return Feb. 10 from Los Angeles. In between, we’ll visit sunny and warm Central Coast.

The winter of the last week has made me hopeful for such weather and a chance to see the part of the country where the movie “Sideways” was set.

You can sign up by calling Menno Travel at 574-534-1521. The cost is $1,595 to $2,195 per person, plus airfare. I hope we have a great time.

Ÿ LaSalle Kitchen & Tavern is having a Boulevard Brewing Co. dinner on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

The reception and four-course meal will be paired with beers from the Kansas City brewery. Tickets are $65 per person plus tax and tip. The event begins at 6 p.m. Information/reservations: 574-288-1174

Ÿ Save the date. South Bend’s restaurant week, known as “Eat. Drink. South Bend,” is Jan. 27-Feb. 9. Multiple-course meals or dinner for two will be offered for $33, according to an email from LaSalle Grill.

Marshall V. King is managing editor and food columnist for The Elkhart Truth. You can reach him at 574-296-5805, mking@etruth.com, on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.