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Elkhart's The Bacon Strip closes

The Bacon Strip won’t be open for breakfast Wednesday or any day after that.

The restaurant at 561 E. Jackson Blvd., Elkhart, closed at 2 p.m. today, Nov. 18, and won’t reopen, according to owner Jason Curtis.

“It’s just not there,” he said of business in the south end of the plaza. The breakfast-oriented business was good on weekends, but not during the week. Meanwhile, Five Star Dive Bar, which Curtis opened just over two years ago in the north end of the building, is having its best month ever.

“It just seems to be opposite deals at opposite ends of the building. It’s the hardest thing to figure out,” he said.

Curtis envisioned a bacon-centric restaurant to capture the late-night bar crowd for breakfast. He fiddled with the hours, including being open late at night, and kept adapting the menu. At one point, Curtis apologized to customers for mistakes he had made along the way. 

He knew that he might be closing the restaurant in the coming months, but some staffing issues prompted him to have to close Tuesday – three days shy of the restaurant’s first anniversary.

Five Star will offer breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturdays and Sundays with a more limited menu, but some of the favorites from Bacon Strip, Curtis said. It’ll be open only to the 21 and over crowd, but that means there will be mimosas and bloody Marys, he said.

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