After another ownership change, Dandino’s will reopen Thursday for lunch and dinner.
Megan McLaughlin wasn’t born when Dandino’s Supper Club first opened in Goshen in 1965, but at 34 she’s the newest owner.
“Megan’s been coming here since she was a kid,” said her husband, Jeremy McLaughlin. “She loves it.”
She worked at the restaurant for eight years part-time as a bartender and waitress and had become a manager alongside Chris Stoller, who took over the restaurant in June 2014 and was purchasing it. The restaurant reverted to Bob and Joan Allberry and they sold it to McLaughlin and business partner Colette Myers.
When all this happened, the restaurant, on the curve along U.S. 33, closed Jan. 7 with a sign indicating it would reopen soon under new ownership.
In the last two weeks, the McLaughlins and others have done a lot of cleaning and rewiring and finished remodeling bathrooms.
It’ll look a bit different when it opens on Thursday, but plenty will be the same. Staff members, including manager Shanna Troyer, are staying on. The menu won’t change much. “There’s a lot of things that are done right that I don’t want to change,” she said, noting that steaks sell well. A few items that didn’t sell will be taken off the menu.
She hopes to add specials, perhaps some higher end ones and some less expensive, but ones with “bigger, bolder tastes.”
“We’re going to try to do our creativity on specials,” she said.
Lunch specials will remain the same for now, and that means great deals for those who head there for lunch. “It amazes me that we’re not packed every day with being able to buy a lunch for less than a McDonald’s value meal,” she said.
She remembers Dandino’s as being an elite place in Goshen and wants to return that shine.
The bar and dining room are brighter and there may be some new television screens coming. She doesn’t plan to make it a sports bar, but said they may open for Notre Dame football games when a few restaurants in Goshen fill quickly by noon.
Mike Dandino Sr. opened Dandino’s in 1965 and the Allberrys took it over for many years. The property once had a fruit stand, said Troyer, and the building was once a house, said McLaughlin.
Hours will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays and 5 to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The restaurant is at 1407 Elkhart Road, Goshen.