Goshen's diverse mix of flavors is getting broader. An Indian restaurant is opening on Main Street and work is underway on a Thai restaurant along U.S. 33 in Goshen.
Maple Indian Cuisine is going into the former Noodle Heads/Il Forno location at 127 S. Main St. The building is owned by Dave Pottinger.
Bobby Singh will open the restaurant this summer. "We want to bring the flavors of India to Goshen," he said.
For the last four years, Singh has operated Lane's 66 at 1010 W. Plymouth Ave., Goshen. For the last year, he's had an Indian restaurant in Springfield, Ill.
He's wanted to open an Indian restaurant in Goshen for some time, but couldn't find the right location until this one, he said.
Singh said he has shared his food with friends and gotten a great response. His gas station customers are often talking about food and what they want. After Noodle Heads closed, Elkhart Truth readers indicated they wanted an Indian place. Michael Sherer of Goshen has had a Facebook page for three years called "Indian Restaurant for Goshen." It's got 549 fans and Sherer pointed out that it's not often a fan page precedes a restaurant by three years.
Pottinger believes the restaurant will do well. He said he told Singh, "If your food is good, that Indian ethnic food will fly in Goshen."
The former Golden Monkey location at 1301 Lincolnway East, Goshen, has a sign declaring that the next restaurant will be Sawadee and offer Thai cuisine. Work is going on inside. The owner hasn't yet been available, but work is underway. We'll share more details when we have them.
Memories of China at Linway Plaza, Goshen, offers some Thai food. Constant Spring, 219 S. Main St., Goshen, has a pad Thai salad and occasional specials. But a full-fledged Thai restaurant would be new for Goshen.
How soon will they be open? It's unclear. But potential fans are eagerly awaiting them.