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Crimaldi's reopening for lunch in Elkhart

Downtown Elkhart is gaining back a lunch spot.

Crimaldi’s is a comfortable, familiar spot that has served food before, but starting next week it will be open again weekdays for lunch and also on Monday nights.

The historic restaurant and bar at 117 W. Jackson Blvd., Elkhart, had a different operator for a short time in 2014, but it reverted back to Mike Crimaldi early this year.

He has operated the spot since 1980, many of those years with his late mother, Shirley. The building has had a business in it since 1883, according to Elkhart historian Paul Thomas. Many of those years it was a bar named Bozzo’s.

Crimaldi is accepting private parties at the restaurant and working on building business. “It’s starting to pick up a little bit,” he said. “I don’t think a lot of people know I’m back down here.”

It’s been a year since the location has served lunch, but Crimaldi is excited about it.

He’s added prime rib to the menu. That goes alongside the burgers, pork chops and other conventional American supper club menu items.

Crimaldi said customers have also been asking him to open on Mondays. There aren’t many independently owned restaurants that open on Monday nights, so he’s hoping he can capitalize on that gap.

Kitchen hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday, 4 to 9:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

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