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Cubby Bear to introduce new frozen yogurt bar

Just a couple weeks after Twisted Cow opened, another fro-yo shop is coming soon to downtown Elkhart.

Cubby Bear Pizza, which just opened its doors about a month ago, will unveil a  new self-serve frozen yogurt bar as early as Friday, June 20, or in a few weeks depending on how a dispute with the health department plays out, said co-owner Steve Hill. He’s been told he may have to get additional permissions for the frozen yogurt area, but he is contesting that decision. 

Frozen yogurt will go nicely with the restaurant’s goal to serve local families with young children. Plus, Hill said, “there really isn’t anything downtown except Dairy Queen.”

Kristin Hill, wife of co-owner Frank Hill, said she’ll be overseeing the frozen yogurt section of Cubby Bear.

She’s not worried about competition from other frozen yogurt places like Twisted Cow, Urban Swirl and Honey’s, and she believes the shop’s downtown location and word-of-mouth will bring in plenty of business. 

The shop will have 10 flavors of frozen yogurt, plus a “swirl” option where customers can combine two flavors. Flavors and toppings will change weekly or bi-weekly, Kristin Hill said.

Cubby Bear patrons can wander over to the frozen yogurt bar after their meal, or they can take their dessert back to their table inside the restaurant, Steve Hill said. 

Owners are hoping the new sweet offerings will appeal to both diners and people just looking for dessert. 

The frozen yogurt area, which is connected to Cubby Bear’s main dining room through an adjoining door and is also accessible from outside, will keep the same hours as the restaurant. 

What’s new since Cubby Bear opened?

Steve Hill said he’s changed a few things since the restaurant first opened at the end of May. 

Customers didn’t like having to walk up to a counter, order their food, then get it themselves, he said. The restaurant switched to table service with waiters 10 days after opening, and Hill said people have been happier with that setup.

The original menu also required customers to mark what they wanted and hand it to a cashier, and it was in three separate parts depending on the type of food.

That system confused some customers, Steve Hill said, so it’s been changed to a more typical-looking menu.

“We are more like a traditional restaurant now, which is okay,” he said.

Cubby Bear is open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The restaurant is located at 526 S. Main St.

Follow reporter Lydia Sheaks on Twitter at @LydiaSheaks

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