After a little less than two years, Krāv in downtown Elkhart has closed its doors.

In a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page, investors Michael and Ranee Robinson announced that the restaurant and venue space would be closing up shop.

Many may remember the building, located at 526 S. Main St., as the former Mad Anthony’s Elkhart location, which closed unexpectedly in January 2011 after three years of serving craft beers.

The building was filled again in May 2014 when brothers Steve and Frank Hill purchased the space and renovated the interior, turning it into Cubby Bear Pizza. A month later a froyo shop, Cubby Cone, was added next door.

Cubby-Bear-to-open-in-MayAfter six months, the business went through another transition amid numerous complaints — particularly on Facebook — about the food served.

The brothers ceded control of the operation to a group of investors, including Michael and Ranee Robinson, in November 2014 to re-envision the space.

By January 2015 Krāv was open, offering family friendly dining — including hosting post-game meals for Elkhart Central’s basketball and football players and families — and a late-night venue for local performers to hone their craft. Even Cubby Cone was transformed to become Krāvings, also a froyo shop.

New Krav Executive Chef Tom Friesner shuffles plates in the kitchen at Krav. (Flavor 574 photo/Jennifer Shephard)
New Krav Executive Chef Tom Friesner shuffles plates in the kitchen at Krav.
(Flavor 574 photo/Jennifer Shephard)

Krāv succeeded in getting away from the stigma of the former food options. Adam Williams, owner of Adam’s Bistro, was even brought on as a business partner in August 2015 to further focus on improving the menu at the restaurant.

No announcements have been made yet about plans for the space.

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