Though some businesses will close their doors on Sunday in recognition of the Easter holiday, others are going all out with special deals and festivities.
Amish Acres Restaurant will keep its doors open from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Easter for a buffet dinner and holiday activities.
“It’s our famous thresher’s dinner served buffet style,” said Janis Logsdon, marketing directors at Amish Acres. She said that while the restaurant usually serves meals family-style, it serves a buffet on holidays to accommodate large numbers. The restaurant expects anywhere between 1,200 and 1,800 customers on Easter.
An Easter meal at Amish Acres will cost $18.95 for anyone 12 and older; $1.25 per year of age for anyone between 4 and 11 years old; and kids under 4 eat for free.
The restaurant plans to serve roasted chicken, honey baked ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables, beef and noodles, and a selection of up to 12 different kinds of pie.
Amish Acres will also host a 1000-egg Easter egg hunt for children up to age 12, which will begin at 1 p.m. in the courtyard. Participants will get a free cookie or marshmallow for the chocolate fountain. There will also be a coloring contest with a winning prize ticket to Amish Acre’s theater production of “Shrek.” A professional photographer with live bunny rabbits will be available to take photos for $8.
Also, the Easter Bunny will walk around the restaurant to greet customers from 12:30 to 1 p.m.
Amish Acres is located at 1600 West Market Street, Nappanee.
Bob Evans will also host its Easter Farmhouse Feast during regular hours on Sunday, April 20. The feast includes ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet corn, green beans, coleslaw, rolls and lemon supreme pie. Orders serving up to four people cost $49.99; and up to eight people, $79.99. Family-sized side dishes can be added for $5.
Easter Farmhouse Feast meals are available for take-out or dine-in, but quantities are limited.
Additional donations of $1, $5 or $10 will be collected for local community partners as part of Bob Evans’ Hunger Free Communities Campaign.
Here are just a few other local eateries planning to be open on Easter Sunday:
319 West Lusher Avenue, Elkhart
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bangkok Place Thai Restaurant
26084 CR 6, Elkhart
12 to 9 p.m.
2917 Cassopolis Street, Elkhart
12 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Chedder’s Casual Cafe
4919 North Main Street, Mishawaka
10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
2703 South Main Street, Elkhart
12 to 10 p.m.
2012 Lincolnway East, Goshen
7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
122 East Clinton Street, Goshen
9 a.m. to 10 p.m.