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Tapastrie could open next week in South Bend

One of South Bend’s anticipated restaurants could open as early as next week.

Tapastrie will offer Mediterranean-style tapas for lunch and dinner at 103 W. Colfax Ave. The opening was pushed back — as many restaurant openings are — by remodeling delays, said Tom Welsh, who is opening the restaurant with Carol Meehan.

Soft opening events Wednesday, Nov. 11 and Thursday, Nov. 12, help get the glitches worked out. Another bigger one is planned this weekend. The opening date will be determined after that. 

“I think it’s likely to be next week,” Welsh said.

Chefs Tony Nafrady and John Bulger have been working on the menu for months and getting feedback in a variety of settings. I had a chance to taste some of their food in June at Ami Tack’s home. The flavors were bright and the concepts were interesting with dishes inspired by countries bordering the Mediterranean, including Spain, Turkey, Greece and Italy. In addition, a large wine list will offer pairing options with the food.

“It was a long time coming,” Welsh said of getting to this point. He said it’s a strange kind of relief and “the beginning of the hard work.”

When the restaurant opens, hours will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday to Friday and 4:30 to 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 4:30 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. The kitchen could stay open until about an hour before closing.

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