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New restaurants, a burger bracket and other news of the week

Time to catch up on the buzz of the week for dining in the 574 area. Here are the food stories we’ve got our eye on this week.  

1. Three new pizza restaurants have announced spring openings in Elkhart County, Marshall King reported in The Elkhart Truth.

  • In Elkhart, Cubby Bear Pizza owners Steve and Frank Hill are planning on a late May or early June opening. The space, in the former State Theater space on Main Street, will include a family-friendly dining area, enclosed bar, patio and possibly a couple of party rooms.
  • In Middlebury, Northridge Pizzeria is opening at 422 S. Main St., where The Ice Box closed in mid-March. Former owner Paul Heinrich, who operated The Ice Box as a Mancino’s franchise, is leasing the space and equipment to Northridge owner DiAnna Peffley.
  • Also in Middlebury, a new pizza place plans to open within two weeks at at 426-2 N. Main St., which formerly housed Terry’s Pizza and Sub. 

King also reported that changes are underway at the recently shuttered bar Winners Circle (104 S. Main St., Middlebury), which was purchased by new owners in January. Get the full story at

2. Local Foods Bakery and Cafe opened next to the Granger Farmers market last month. The bakery aims to showcase area farmers and provide customers with local foods at a good price. It serves breakfast and lunch. Watch the story from WNDU to meet owner and baker Marianne Christy and take a peek inside her kitchen. 

3. The Northern Indiana Tourism Development Commission is gathering nominations for its Northern Indiana Burger Wars bracket, for which voting begins in May. Marshall King was charged with gathering nominees from Elkhart County, which included Miles Lab, Five Star Dive Bar, Heinnie’s, Constant Spring, Flippin Cow, New Paradigm Brewing Company and several others. Get the full list at

4. In other news of the week, Wakarusa Dime Store unveiled a new organic fruit jellybean mix, and Mad Anthony Brewing Company celebrated its 16th anniversary at its three taprooms in Fort Wayne, Warsaw and Angola. 

5. Marshall King spend an afternoon this week learning about northern Indiana wineries, and we’ll have a story on Flavor 574 next weekend sharing what you need to know on the topic. Meanwhile, though, check out his Dining A La King column in The Elkhart Truth to get the story behind the handful of local wineries that call Elkhart County home. Get the story at

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