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Fat Tomato closed for good

The fat lady has sung for Fat Tomato.

The restaurant along Bristol Street on the northeast side of Elkhart closed this week after a little more than three years in business. It went dark earlier this week and wasn’t open Tuesday, Nov. 11.

Chef Bill O’Brien, who took over the restaurant as owner in September 2013, did not immediately return calls seeking comment. A source familiar with the business confirmed the closing.

Cam Snyder opened Fat Tomato at 4100 E. Bristol in March 2011. He sold it to O’Brien, who revamped the recipes, but continued the concept of casual Italian dining.

Fat Tomato participated in the 2014 Elkhart Dining Days. Sales weren’t strong and O’Brien said in a conversation last week that lunch traffic wasn’t strong, so the restaurant switched hours to open at 2 p.m. and stay open until after dinner. He also lamented a road project in front of the plaza hurting business.

O’Brien said he was nearing getting another liquor license. For a number of months, the restaurant had only been able to serve beer and wine and was making cocktails with agave wine but not liquor.

Prior the opening of Fat Tomato, the restaurant was a second location for Michael’s Italian Restaurant.

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