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Chicory Café doubles dining room area, now offers craft beer on tap

Starting Wednesday, Jan. 7, thirsty people in downtown South Bend will be able to order a draft beer and a latte at the same café.

The addition of draft beer to its menu is one of several recent upgrades at Chicory Café, located at 105 E. Jefferson Blvd. in downtown South Bend.

The dining area in the cafe was doubled, a second register was installed and more space was added to the cafe’s stage, said Jeff Morauski, who co-owns the cafe with Phil and Julie Schreiber.

Though most of the expansions have only been open since December, Morauski said that customers are happy.

“The response in the last two weeks has been overwhelming and appreciated,” he said.

The new dining area is popular and the second register helps the restaurant quickly serve customers during busy breakfast and lunch hours.

Chicory Cafe is open in the evenings and already serves bottled beer, but Morauski said he hopes offering draft beer will encourage customers to stop in for dinner too.

“Everyone prefers draft beers to bottles,” he said. “And especially with craft beer, everyone always wants to try something different.”

The lineup starting Wednesday includes Abita’s Purple Haze, Greenbush Brewing Co.’s Distorter, 90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head, Blue Moon’s Belgian WhiteAlpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co., Samuel Adams’ Winter Lager and Two-Hearted Ale from Bell’s Brewery.

The tap list will change over time to accommodate seasonal craft brews and feature different flavors. Morauski would like to see local breweries like South Bend Brew Werks in the mix too.

Other changes planned for Chicory Café include a private dining area, expanded lunch and dinner menus and more events to help feed downtown South Bend night life.

“I think sometimes downtown gets a bad rep for being unsafe, but I definitely feel it’s safe,” Morauski said. “The night life downtown is growing and will continue to grow.”

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