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Goshen restaurant Dandino's is closed—at least for now

UPDATE: As of Thursday evening, June 17, Dandino’s announced that it will reopen Friday. Get the details here.

Chris Stoller is trying to find a way to keep Dandino’s Supper Club open.

The historic Goshen restaurant has a sign on the door indicating it’s closed. The question is whether it’ll stay closed, be operated by him again or go on the auction block.

For the last year, Stoller has operated the restaurant and worked to upgrade the equipment and facilities. Michael Dandino Sr. opened the restaurant at 1407 Elkhart Road, Goshen, in 1965. Bob and Joan Allberry owned it for more than 30 years.

Right now, the Alberrys have possession of it again. A sign on the door indicates the restaurant is closed and the alarm codes have been changed.

Stoller said his contract with Bob Allberry expired Monday. He had put money into repairs and that hurt the bottom line, he said.

His financing hadn’t gone through as planned and he’s trying to find financial backing. “I had several people interested, but none panned out,” he said.

He believed he could put a new shine on the longtime restaurant. He had purchased the business because he loved the lunches there. He operates Byron’s Car Care nearby and was a regular customer before becoming owner.

Allberry said he has no comment, but Stoller said if he can’t find financing it’s possible that Allberry would auction the building and its contents.

“Unless I can find someone by 6 this evening, it is done,” Stoller said.

He’s hoping his phone will ring or someone will step forward.

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