Cafe Navarre recognized by Midwest Living

News on Cafe Navarre, Noodle Heads, Noa Noa and other notes.

Posted on Jan. 20, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.

Cafe Navarre got some serious love from a premiere magazine.

Midwest Living magazine named the South Bend restaurant to its list of 25 best new attractions in the Midwest.

It’s one of two spots in Indiana to make the list and owner Kurt Janowsky is thrilled.

“We expect it to help business,” he said. “Recognition like that is always positive. We’re appreciative and humbled by it.”

The restaurant at 101 N. Michigan St., South Bend, opened in 2012. Business grew 17 percent in 2013, Janowsky said.

I expect it’ll keep growing at this fine dining restaurant. And I expect it’s only a matter of time until Janowsky opens a restaurant in Elkhart.

Ÿ It appears that Noodle Heads is closed at least for now.

The Goshen restaurant was one of the most anticipated of 2013. It was to open mid-year and then ended up opening in September. It closed after its first day of business and reopened after some kitchen remodeling.

In the fall, it was open at lunch and dinner, though hours were limited.

Prior to the holidays, a sign indicated it would open Jan. 2. It hasn’t reopened.

Chairs are gone from around tables. The cash register is gone. A standard “Sorry, we are closed” sign is in the window. The phone number no longer works.

The owners have not spoken publicly about whether the restaurant is closed.

Ÿ Noa Noa on the east side of Warsaw is closed for a few weeks for a remodeling project.

Owner Scott Woods said the Clipper Bar & Tahara Room will remain open, but the restaurant’s last night of service for a few weeks was Jan. 11.

I happened to be there that night for dinner. As usual, the service was stellar. The sushi, the fish entrees, the desserts had great flavors. Like Cafe Navarre, this is one of the best restaurants in northern Indiana.

Woods said they are planning on implementing a “sea change” at the restaurant to restructure the culture from top to bottom. I can’t wait to see what that yields.

Ÿ The trip to Central Coast of California will happen Feb. 6-10.

A dozen people are signed up. We have room for more if you’re interested.

Why are we going to the area where “Sideways” was filmed?

To enjoy the lovely weather and scenery. To eat good food and drink good wine. To learn more about a part of the United States with a huge agriculture industry.

The cost is $1,745 per person plus airfare for double occupancy or $2,345 plus airfare for a single. You can book by calling Ronda Morris at Menno Travel, 574-534-1521.

Ÿ In last week’s column, I said that chef Richie Lutes graduated from Concord in 1994 and is 28 years old.

A reader asked how that’s possible. I messed up. Lutes graduated in 2004.

Also, a clarification on Frank Hill, who plans to open a restaurant in the former Mad Anthony’s with his brother, Steve. Frank Hill was a chef in Lake Tahoe, not Las Vegas, Steve said.

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


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