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City closes The Vine in downtown South Bend

Despite the closing of The Vine in South Bend, operations with the Elkhart restaurant with the same name remains unchanged, according to a manager.

The City of South Bend closed the downtown South Bend restaurant after the owner failed to pay six months worth of rent to the city. 

The Elkhart restaurant was open Friday. 

“We’re current with our bills and doing fine over here,” manager Brandon Kowalski said Friday afternoon.

Heidi Prescott, from The South Bend Tribune, reports that South Bend city officials changed the locks to the restaurant overnight. A court order was posted on the restaurant’s window. The city owns the building that houses The Vine.

There is a notice posted in the business window from the St. Joseph Circuit Court stating that the South Bend Redevelopment Commission had approval to seize any property inside the restaurant until the matter is brought before a judge in a hearing set for 10:30 a.m. May 16. 

Another note posted in the window confirms that The Vine is closed effective immediately, and for anyone who had reservations there for the upcoming graduation weekend, it lists other local restaurants with limited availability. It also addresses staff with a list of area restaurants that are hiring.

The Vine in South Bend is located at 103 W. Colfax Ave. The South Bend location has been in business since November 1998, according to its website

Kowalski noted that the Elkhart location, at 214 S Main St., continues to accept reservations as normal.

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