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UPDATED: Bacon Hill Kitchen and Pub to open in Elkhart Monday

Updated Friday, June 5: Owner Zach Lucchese said Bacon Hill Kitchen and Pub will open Monday, no matter what.

After being licensed by the health department, the restaurant been waiting to get its liquor license from the state. The license has been in escrow and some hiccups on the state’s end have kept it from being pulled out of escrow, Lucchese said.

But Lucchese and his brother David are working with staff on soft opening events this weekend and the restaurant will be open to the public at 5 p.m. Monday, June 8.

Original story from Monday, June 1: Bacon Hill Kitchen and Pub has its food license and is aiming to open by Friday or Saturday this week.

Zach and David Lucchese are hoping to serve their first meals to the public by the first weekend in June, but it could depend on whether they get their liquor license out of escrow in time, Zach said.

The former chef at Lucchese’s Italian Restaurant and Dickies at Swan Lake Resort is coming back to Elkhart to open the gastropub with his brother David at 4000 E. Bristol St., Elkhart.

The brothers took over the former Firehouse tavern in March and started cleaning, painting and renovating. “We put a lot more in it than we originally talked about,” Zach said. “Just a lot of cleaning. It sat empty for two years.”

The food will have a Southern flair. In addition to burgers, fresh fish and a ribeye, the menu will have pastrami made in-house, shrimp and grits and a take on chicken and waffles. Hush puppies and fried green tomatoes will be available as appetizers, he said.

The wine list will be an eclectic mix of options and 10 taps will offer craft beers. Most of them will be from Indiana or Michigan, including Greenbush, Bell’s or Three Floyds breweries.

Former Firehouse customers have asked if Bacon Hill will have domestic beers that were popular when it was open. Lucchese said it will.

Behind the bar, there won’t be major-label liquors. Journeyman Distillery spirits will be featured along with a few other craft spirits.

Lucchese said he’s looking for several kitchen staff members, but has most of the front and back of the house staff in place. The decorating is done. Items are being prepared in the kitchen as practice and a few private soft-opening events are planned before the official opening.

It can’t happen soon enough for the brothers. “We’re excited,” Zach said.

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