Elkhart Jazz Festival 2015: Downtown restaurants extend hours, offer specials

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By: Geoff Lesar
glesar@flavor574.com

James Buck/The Elkhart Truth

The annual Elkhart Jazz Festival has historically attracted thousands of visitors to the city’s downtown streets. This year’s event takes place June 19-21, featuring six stages and 30 performing groups. 

To accommodate the anticipated influx of guests, several downtown restaurants have planned for early or extended hours and special menu items, including dishes inspired by New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz. 

523 Tap & Grill
523 S. Main St., 574-523-1523
Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, with live bands each night.

Artisan
505 S. Main St., 574-355-3355
Fri., Sat. 4:30 (bar, 5 p.m. dining room) – 11 p.m.
A three-course “pre-show” special will be offered, allowing for quicker in-an-out dining for guests looking to catch a show. Open Friday and Saturday from 4:30 to 11 p.m. Dining room opens at 5 each night.

The Black Crow on Main
224 S. Main St., 574-295-4310
Stop by The Black Crow Coffee Cafe and Gourmet Shoppe in the back of the shop for discounted coffee, open 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday (maybe later, depending on the crowd), and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.  The Black Crow is offering a 10 percent discount on any single item $50 or more, for those who sign up for the free Gateway Mile Loyalty Card. Downtown Elkhart Farmers Market, located downstairs, will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Crimaldi’s Restaurant and Lounge
117 W. Jackson Blvd., 574-522-9125
Open 4 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Specials include two pork chops with choice of salad or potato ($14.95, single chop is $9.95), a 12-ounce prime rib with choice of salad or potato ($21.95, 8-ounce cut is $15.95) and all domestic beers for $2.50.

The Electric Brew in Elkhart
113 E. Lexington Ave., 574-575-5354
Open 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Food specials include jambalaya on Friday evening; andouille sausage breakfast burritos Saturday morning; jambalaya, three-bean steak chili and cuban sandwiches Saturday evening; andouille sausage with scrambled eggs and three-bean steak chili Sunday.

Julie’s Cafe
574-206-6738
Booth in front of Seifert Drug Store, 230 S. Main St.
Though this downtown lunch spot closed its dining room and switched to catering services only as of June 1, stop by Julie Cafe’s Jazz Fest booth from noon to midnight Friday, Saturday and Sunday for Pie-In-A-Cup, cookies, scotcharoos (rice krispie treat with peanut butter and butterscotch), chocolates, sweets, soft drinks and water.

Krāv
526 S. Main St., 574-295-7012
Open noon to 11 p.m. Thursday, noon to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, with a Father’s Day brunch 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The main dining room is family friendly, with a separate bar for 21-and-over guests. Patios will be open all weekend, as well. The special “Taste of Krāv” menu Thursday through Saturday features a sampling of new menu items like beer and bacon mac and cheese, the Big Belly burger, Cuban sandwich, South Street chicken sandwich and new appetizers. Kids can get pizza by the slice, as well.

The Father’s Day brunch on Sunday will feature chicken and waffles with a toppings bar, seasoned roasted potatoes, biscuits and gravy, ham and fresh fruit. $15 per person, $10 for kids 10 and younger. Reservations are recommended but not required.

Krāv’s new frozen yogurt shop, Krāvings, will also debut over Jazz Fest Weekend. In addition to frozen treats, festivalgoers can stop by for salads and cold sandwiches. Adults 21 and over can order special $4 dessert shooters: vanilla froyo topped with Ghiradelli caramel and Kahlua, or Valencia orange sorbet topped with grenadine vodka and peach schnapps.

McCarthy’s on the Riverwalk 
333 NIBCO Pkwy., 574-293-2830

Open 11 a.m. until crowds die down Friday and Saturday, closed Sunday. The special Elkhart Jazz Festival menu includes small plates like firecracker shrimp and smoked lobster dip, entrees like the Fresno chicken breast sandwich and porterhouse pork chop and, of course, traditional Irish fare like loaded shepherd’s pie and fish ’n’ chips. For the full special event menu, check the McCarthy’s Facebook page.

New Paradigm Brewing Co.
600 S. Main St., Suite 102, 574-295-8882
Open 7 p.m. to midnight Thursday, featuring the New Paradigm beer debut; 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, with life music by Hideous Business at 9 p.m.; 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, with High Gravity taking the stage at 9 p.m.

Specials include house-smoked, Kansas City-style pulled pork barbecue ($8) and red beans and rice with cornbread ($7), both available for carryout. Kitchen will be open until 10 p.m. each night, with a limited menu to be offered after.

Primo Italian Eatery
201 W. Marion St., 574-293-2777
Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Specials will be available, but have yet to be determined.

The Vine
214 S. Main St., 574-970-5006
Kitchen, bar and indoor/outdoor seating will be open 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. until customers leave on Sunday (usually around 8 p.m.).

There are plenty of other establishments near downtown Elkhart to grab a bite during the Jazz Festival. Some of these may have extended hours or specials during the event, but as of Wednesday afternoon, June 10, they were undecided. We will update this list as we learn more.

  • b on the River, 333 NIBCO Pkwy., 574-293-9333
    Regular hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday
  • Bowly’s Crystal Bar, 109 Freight St., 574-294-2440
    Regular hours: 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, closed Sunday
  • Iechyd Da Brewing Co., 317 N. Main St., 574-293-0506
    Regular hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. Sunday
  • Michael’s Italian Restaurant, 528 Harrison St., 574-522-3664
  • Regular hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday
  • Old Style Deli, 200 S. Main St., 574-295-2133
    Regular hours: 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday
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