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On Our Plates: Ryan's Restaurant in Elkhart closes and Buffalo Wild Wings opens seperately on the north side of Elkhart

Buffalo Wild Wings opens on Elkhart’s north side

It was expected on March 1, but waiting until March 9 to open didn’t seem to hurt business for the new Buffalo Wild Wings at 522 E. Windsor Ave., just south of the toll road ramp.

Bret Robertson, director of operations of the restaurant, said the main goal was to open before the beginning of March Madness.

The location features a new stadia-style layout, which aims to give the restaurant the feeling of being in a stadium.

“We have a new entryway and it will feel like a stadium as soon as you walk through the door,” Robertson said.

BW3s will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday and Monday, 11 a.m. to midnight Tuesday through Thursday and 11 to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.


Ryan’s Restaurant closes abruptly, displaces workers

Buffets LLC, owners of Old Country Buffet, HomeTown Buffet, Fire Mountain and Ryan’s Restaurants closed most of their locations, leaving only one restaurant open in Indiana.

The closing of the Ryan’s Restaurant at 2810 Emerson Drive put between 40 and 60 full-time and part-time employees out of work.

The company filed for bankruptcy on March 7 and blames additional liabilities they discovered after a merger in 2015 as a large part of the cause.

“Buffets LLC is set to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy so that it can restructure its debts and liabilities, strengthen its operations by closing certain weaker restaurants and recapitalize its business. Customers will continue to enjoy the same quality food and service as prior to the proceedings, and vendors will be largely unaffected,” said a release from the company.


Goshen Dining Days wraps up

Dining days in Goshen officially ended Saturday evening.

Totals for the event are being calculated, with 10 percent of proceeds of all dining days specials going to benefit The Window in Goshen.

Business began robustly for many participating restaurants on March 5, with our reporters seeing long wait times at venues they visited.

For a roundup of our  visits to restaurants, and to see what we at Flavor though about the dining days specials, check out the Goshen Dining Days blog page.

Follow editor Joe Kuharic on Twitter @JoeKuharic and on Instagram @skippyjoe27.

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