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Cubby Bear adds frozen yogurt and trivia, drops lunch

When Frank and Kristin Hill moved back to Frank’s native Elkhart from California, they wanted to bring a bit of the West Coast with them. Frank opened Cubby Bear Pizza with his brother, Steven, in May. Kristin runs the frozen yogurt shop Cubby Cone next door, which officially opened in late June during the 2014 Elkhart Jazz Festival.

“We’re aimed at family,” Kristin said. “We have a nice dessert addition to the restaurant, and it’s a good setting for family to come out and get together.”

A sweet addition

Cubby Cone at 526 S. Main St. uses the popular build-your-own frozen yogurt model with 15 daily flavors and a colorful array of toppings.

The shop serves 10 regular flavors and five swirls in options like vanilla bean, dark chocolate, peanut butter and moon pie. For vegans and lactose-intolerant customers, sorbets are also available in fruity flavors like mango and pomegranate. Flavors rotate every few weeks.

Though cone is in the name (and there are waffle cones), the most popular way to get a fro-yo fix is the self-serve system. Customers can try samples of yogurt at a wall of dispensers, then layer their chosen flavors with as many of the 52 toppings as their cup can hold.

The topping bar holds goodies from gummy bears and whipped cream to cheesecake, coconut and Nutter Butter cookies.

At 45 cents per ounce, measured upon purchase, the deal can be sweet. There’s an added 10 percent discount through the middle of August in honor of the shop’s opening.

Cubby Cone is filling a need for ice cream in downtown Elkhart, Kristin said, after seeing “nothing except for a Dairy Queen.”

Outdoor seating and a back patio provide way to enjoy the summer weather.

Hours for Cubby Cone are 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 2 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 12 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Changes for Cubby Bear Pizza

Cubby Bear Pizza has made several adjustments since its May 21 launch, not the least of which was the elimination of a lunch hour.

The restaurant is now open 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

“We were getting no traffic because of downtown construction,” Frank said. “We’ve had to change our hours for now, though we may reopen for lunch in fall.”

Cubby Bear has also added a few weekly events to its calendar. On Tuesdays, the restaurant holds a cornhole tournament at 8 p.m on the outdoor patio. The winner receives a $15 gift card to Cubby Bear. Thursdays are trivia nights, with a $30 prize for the winning team. Both events are free.

Co-owner Frank also wants to bring in live dinner music from local artists on the restaurant’s original stage.

As part of the Celebrate Elkhart festival this week, Cubby Bear will be holding a special kids’ night from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday August 7. There will be cartoons on a big screen and family specials on pizza at Cubby Bear, as well as frozen yogurt (buy five ounces, get one free) from Cubby Cone.

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