On our plates: Smokestack Brew opens in Mishawaka, new Asian buffet opens, Oberon release

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By: Danielle Waldron
dwaldron@flavor574.com

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Just as we say goodbye to winter and hello to spring, a handful of new restaurants are popping up in Michiana. 

To satiate our hunger until food stands and outdoor seating spaces open, Flavor 574 looks ahead at what’s new to eat and drink in northern Indiana and southern Michigan. 

SMOKESTACK BREW OPENS IN MISHAWAKA 

A new venue that offers food, drinks and live entertainment moved into the old boiler house of the Kamm & Schellinger building, 100 Center St., in Mishawaka, and opened its doors March 6.

Smokestack offers a rotating list of beers on a 16-tap draft system, 18 televisions and barbecue menu offerings. 

It serves lunch and dinner and seats roughly 300 people for trivia, live performances and more. 

Learn more about the menu and entertainment offerings and Smokestack on Flavor 574

O.E.C. SUPER BUFFET OPENS NEWLY RENOVATED BUFFET 

The latest and what claims to be the largest Asian buffet in the Elkhart area opened its doors last week. 

O.E. C. Super Buffet, 4024 Elkhart Road, in Goshen, moved into the former Old Country Buffet space which had been vacant since January 2012. The owners have been renovating since August. 

The buffet features about 200 dishes, including a sushi bar and Hibachi grill. Learn more about the hot and cold buffet lines on Flavor 574.

BELL’S BREWERY SET TO RELEASE ANNUAL BATCH OF OBERON ALE

Kalamazoo, Mich.-based brewing company Bell’s Brewery is gearing up for its annual release of Oberon Ale — a seasonal wheat ale that is usually available until Labor Day every year. 

The name is a nod to William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” but was originally called Solsun before a legal dispute in the mid-1990s. 

There are plenty of places to snag Oberon in northern Indiana and southern Michigan. 

Follow digital producer Danielle Waldron on Twitter @DanielleWaldron.
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