Daily Grind in Elkhart to become newest Electric Brew location

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By: Marshall V. King
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Sarah Welliver/The Elkhart Truth

On Thursday, May 14, The Daily Grind will close in downtown Elkhart.

On Tuesday, it will open as The Electric Brew, a new location of the Goshen-based coffee shop.

In a Facebook post Monday morning, May 11, the shop, located at 113 E. Lexington Ave., announced this week was its last week of business. 

Owner Tanya Bleiler is selling her beloved coffee shop to Myron Bontrager and his family, who operate The Electric Brew in Goshen. 

Bleiler and The Daily Grind announced on Facebook this morning that the sale would be happening. Bleiler opened the shop in April 1997. In 2001, she and her family opened a second location in Dunlap, which didn’t remain open. The downtown location continued to be a vibrant spot over the years.

The Grind will be open through 6 p.m. Thursday. The Bontragers and Bleiler are expected to close the sale Thursday afternoon.

The Bontragers will clean and prepare over the weekend. Christopher Bontrager, Myron’s son, will be the owner/operator of the shop in Elkhart.

When it reopens to the public at 6:30 a.m. May 19, it will be called The Electric Brew. It will have the coffee roasted at the Goshen location, and baked goods made in Goshen will fill the case. Lunch will be served. Staffing could be a mix of Brew employees and those from the Grind, though Myron Bontrager said they’re working on that this week.

“To me, The Daily Grind sort of felt a lot like the Brew did when we bought it,” he said. “Every downtown needs a good coffee shop.”

Downtown Elkhart is on the rise, he said.. “It just seems to make sense and come here and see what we can do here.”

Hours will remain 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, and 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The hours may be extended later this summer.

Digital producer Danielle Waldron contributed to this story

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