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Quick Bites: Another Goshen brewery, Burger Wars winners, jazz festival popups and more

Your weekly roundup of food news includes news on another potential Goshen brewery, a restaurant closing and more.

Posted on June 16, 2014 at 7:26 a.m.

Is there a chance of yet another brewery in Goshen?

News broke last week that a developer may add a brewpub and boutique hotel to the northern half of the Hawks building, 215. W. Madison St., Angelle Barbazon of The Elkhart Truth reported.

Hawks 1886 LLC proposed buying the unclaimed part of the building to build Hydraulic Ale Works and Artifax Hotel, architect Shane Dyer told the commission. It would be a $3.8 million project.

If the plan is approved, the north side’s first floor would house the brewpub, Hydraulic Ale Works, with an outdoor patio. The 25-room hotel would fill on the second and third floors. Dyer said that every room in the hotel would be different, not “cookie cutter,” and the hotel would work with local artists for galleries and provide “art retreat packages” for guests.

LaCasa Inc., which owns the building, began working in April alongside DJ Construction to turn the historic structure into 35 apartments for artists and entrepreneurs. Construction for the artist apartments is scheduled to be done by April 2015.

If Goshen Brewing Co. opens and if Hydraulic Ale Works opens, they’d be within easy walking distance of each other near the Goshen Millrace.

Immediately, people started asking if Goshen could support two brewpubs. (Technically, Back Alley Brewery is already open, but hasn’t created much of a stir yet.)

Both could do well in Goshen. Craft beer consumption continues to rise nationally and locally. And it’s not about whether enough Goshenites want this. It’s also about whether people would come from other places to enjoy the food, drink and culture that comes with an array of establishments.

Call it the Grape Road Effect, if you will. People drive to Mishawaka’s corridor knowing they’ll find a spot to land somewhere, even if their initial choice is too busy. It’s less about competition and more about grouping interesting options and then attracting a larger group of people.

• Burger Wars is in the final round.

The Stella Moo from Flippin’ Cow in Elkhart won the Elkhart County competition last Monday, June 16. It was one of eight burgers in seven counties that made the final cut.

More than 30,000 votes were cast in The Northern Indiana Burger Wars to determine top winners for Burger War competitions, according to reporting by Kate Stoltzfus on Flavor574, Truth Publishing Company’s new source for food news in northern Indiana. One burger will emerge victorious on July 7.

The first-ever search for the best burger in the area began May 16, coordinated by the Northern Indiana Tourism Development Commission and area county convention bureaus. Winners for each county were announced June 9. Dan Bearss, executive director of the Commission, didn’t know what to expect.

“It was the first year we’ve done this,” said Bearss. “It was incredible. There were more than 30,000 votes over the course of one month and lots of engagement from counties, both residents and tourists.”

You can vote at http://www.northernindianagetaways.com/burgerwars.

Here’s the list of eight finalists:

Stella Moo Burger: Flippin’ Cow, Elkhart

A double steak burger topped with smoked brisket, jalapeno bacon, onion straws, pepper jack cheese and an alehouse BBQ sauce on a toasted wheat brioche bun made Elkhart County’s cut.

CopperTop Burger: Riegling’s Copper Top, Wolcottville

The Black Angus patty with fried pickles, crispy onion rings, bacon jam, lettuce, tomato, cheddar and bistro sauce won in a 75% vote for LaGrange County.

Hawaiian Burger: The Lakehouse Grill, Culver

Marshall County’s favorite burger is topped with Swiss cheese, fresh grilled pineapple and teriyaki sauce.

Hoe Burger: American Legion Post 253, North Webster

A ground beef patty topped with American cheese, sweet shaved ham, Swiss cheese, and fried egg with Pepper Jack cheese on a toasted bun won for Kosciusko County.

The Becky Burger: The View Tavern, South Bend

The winner in St. Joseph County has American and Swiss cheeses, BBQ sauce, grilled onion and bacon.

Grecian Lamb Burger: Shoreline Brewery and Restaurant, Michigan City

The only winning ground lamb burger is seasoned with fresh garlic, oregano and Mediterranean flavors, topped with feta, baby arugula, dill Tzatziki sauce, shaved cucumber, tomato and red onion to make LaPorte County’s champion.

The Octave Grill, Chesterton

Porter County’s winning restaurants chose not to enter specific burgers, but voted for the restaurants’ burgers overall. The Octave Grill make theirs with grass-fed beef, as well as local cheese from Fair Oaks Farms.

The Franklin House, Valparaiso

The highest voted second-place winner has a popular house burger featuring peanut butter, bacon, Swiss cheese, mayonnaise, and a sunny-side up egg on German pretzel bun.

To vote, visit the Burger Wars site.

I may actually get to taste all the burgers as part of a tasting panel. Look for my favorite on Flavor 574 or in next week’s Quick Bites.

The Elkhart Jazz Festival will have an array of food for its 27th annual event. Downtown restaurants will be packed. Food vendors will be on the Civic Plaza. But what there won’t be this year is a huge array of pop-ups, mostly because there aren’t empty storefronts to host them in the same way.

Kurt Janowsky hoped to be close on opening Artisan in the former Flytrap’s, but said Friday, June 13, that he hopes to open by the end of July.

The Cafe Navarre tent will be serving food and beverage in front of The Lerner and he’s catering an array of other events.

A more complete list of food options will be on Flavor574.com in a couple days and in The Elkhart Truth as the festival opens.

Angkor Wat House of Pho didn’t make it. The restaurant at 319 W. Lusher Ave., is closed and the phone number is disconnected.

• The Greater Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church is having a barbecue sale on Friday and Saturday, June 20 and 21.

We have some free tickets to give away and will do so by having a Six-Word Review contest by Flavor 574 this week. We’ll pick winners Wednesday. Go to the site to post your best six-word review.

• The trip to Traverse City is about a third full.

We’re heading north on Oct. 19-21 to enjoy good food and drink, as well as one or the prettiest areas of the Midwest. There’s a possibility of a special visit to the lakeside home of some Elkhart County residents that could be added to the itinerary. We’ll see if it works out. You can join the trip by calling Edgerton’s Travel Service, 574-294-3651.

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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