Elkhart’s newest coffee shop isn’t downtown, or even easily visible.

It is in a cool old building that already attracts a lot of customers.

Steelyard Coffee Co. opens Friday night at 916 N. Michigan St., Elkhart. The entrance to the shop is on the north side of a building that also has Birds Gotta Fly Vintage and Carved, which makes and sells wooden phone cases.

Nicole Nichols makes a latte at Steelyard Coffee Co., which opens this weekend in Elkhart. (Flavor 574 photo/Marshall V. King)
Nicole Nichols makes a latte at Steelyard Coffee Co., which opens this weekend in Elkhart. (Flavor 574 photo/Marshall V. King)

Troy Nichols wanted to open a coffee shop for a while and the opportunity came after his brother-in-law, John Webber, bought the building. Mark and Pam Hoffer, owners of Birds Gotta Fly, wanted a restaurant alongside their shop.

As it turns out, Steelyard is in the middle of two parts of Birds Gotta Fly. The space has been renovated and it’s now bright and airy, but with an industrial feel that Nichols prefers.

Nicole and Troy Nichols are nearly ready to open their new coffee shop at 916 N. Michigan St., Elkhart. (Flavor 574 photo/Marshall V. King)
Nicole and Troy Nichols are nearly ready to open their new coffee shop at 916 N. Michigan St., Elkhart. (Flavor 574 photo/Marshall V. King)

He and his wife, Nicole, will have the shop open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday. Jesse Christiansen will be performing in concert there at 7 p.m. Friday night, and a grand opening event starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Steelyard, which happens to be near a metal scrapyard but is actually named for the brand of industrial scale, will use

STEELYARD COFFEE CO.

Address: 916 N. Michigan St., Elkhart
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Refinery Coffee Co., which is roasted in Goshen. Nicole worked there for a time. The food will include baked oatmeal and Dutch Maid danishes for breakfast. At lunch, it’ll be soup, salad and sandwich options, she said. Coffee will be available prepared by drip, espresso or in frozen drinks, she said.

To enter the store, turn east off of Michigan into the driveway next to the railroad tracks and enter through Birds Gotta Fly.

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