BUSINESS EXPANSION & NEW INVESTMENT REPORT

  • 530 Lex Metropolitan Event Center
    530 Lex Metropolitan Event Center is a new venture developed by Carl Tiedemann in Elkhart. Located in the River District at 530 E. Lexington Ave, the space fills a niche for events for up to 250 people.

  • AM General

    AM General received an order for 740 new Humvees as a part of the U.S. Army National Guard’s modernization initiative and was awarded a 5-year contract for support functions for Humvees. The value of the two contracts could be as much as $210 million. Delivery of the new Humvees, which is a variant that includes a single cab and open cargo area, will begin in the second quarter of 2019.

  • Bantam Diner

    Bantam Diner, a pop-up restaurant, will open evenings using the L Street Kitchen space at 131 S. Lafayette Blvd in South Bend. The L Street Kitchen is open only for breakfast and lunch and the Bantam Diner will offer up-scale dinners. The Grand Opening is scheduled for November 14, 2018, hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 4:30 to 9:30, Friday and Saturday 4:30 to 10:30. Bantam Diner will be open at the location for one month in a trial run.

  • Beacon Health

    Beacon Health to build offices for 160 staff in Mishawaka. By late next year, Beacon Health System plans to move about 160 administrative and support employees to a new office building that it will build on land it owns near Beacon Parkway. It will be the new home for Beacon’s CEO and other top leaders, along with human resources, marketing and communication, information systems, managed care and the Beacon Health Foundation.

  • Bin 23
    Bin 23 is a new wine bar and restaurant located at the Grand View development at 120 Perspective Drive, Granger. In addition to offering an extensive wine selection, the restaurant will offer pizza, salads and burgers.

  • Black Thorn Topgold Swing Suite
    322 Toscana Blvd, is partnering with the national entertainment business. Blackthorn’s concept will consist of six indoor Topgolf simulators that will offer customers the opportunity to play interactive golf games as well as other games such as basketball and even zombie dodge ball.

  • Downtown South Bend

    Developers see a bright future for living in Downtown South Bend. According to a study published by Bradley Company, the downtown South Bend real estate market added 33 new apartments in 2016, 113 in 2017, and now over 230 units are getting ready to open or are under construction, with even more units in the planning stages. Amidst the ongoing boom in housing options in or near the city’s downtown area, local developers expect more of the same heading into the future.

  • First Harvest

    First Harvest, a new women’s apparel boutique has opened at University Park Mall. A third location for owners Matt and Kimmie Bridges who hope to take their brand nationally. The boho-chic and Texas style stores donate 10 percent of its profits to women who have encountered addiction, abuse and sex trafficking.

  • Four Winds Casino

    Money the city of South Bend receives from the new Four Winds Casino is slated to help address needs in education and unemployment. South Bend received its first payment last month from a revenue-sharing agreement with the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, totaling $1.2 million. The agreement was established prior to the opening of Four Winds South Bend, and results in the city getting 2 percent of the casino’s revenue or a minimum of $1 million. The money is split, with 1 percent going to the city general fund and 1 percent going to the redevelopment commission.

  • Garage Arcade Bar
    The Garage Arcade Bar to open in the spring of 2019 in the former LaSalle Body Shop on Colfax Ave in South Bend’s East Bank. J2 Marketing is redeveloping the space for both their business and for a new concept – a bar that features retro arcade games. The Garage Arcade Bar will have 40 to 45 various arcade games and will host gaming tournaments and events.

  • Habitat for Humanity
    Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County announced that it wants to repeat the weeklong building blitz in 2020. An anonymous donor recently pledged $900,000 for the next phase of building — to be matched with $1.8 million in local fundraising.

  • Hotel Elkhart
    Hotel Elkhart is being brought back to life in downtown Elkhart through a comprehensive renovation by Cressy Commercial Real Estate. Reborn as a boutique hotel, the Athenian Ballroom will also be renovated as well as a rooftop deck. Reopening in 2020, it will have 93 rooms. Commercial space on the first floor will include a taproom with local beers and the South Bend Chocolate Co will open a café.

  • Idea Center

    Notre Dame Idea Center Establishes $22M seed fund for early-stage startups. Begun in 2017 to spur innovation and commercialization efforts at the university, a separate for-profit investment fund is intended to accelerate promising early-stage technologies and startup ideas toward development.

  • Insomnia CookiesInsomnia Cookies opens South Bend location at 2130 South Bend Ave. The business will deliver to the University of Notre Dame campus and the surrounding area beginning at 10 a.m. on weekdays and noon on weekends. The shop will also offer walk-ins and pickups in addition to delivery. Customers can order online at insomniacookies.com

  • Martin’s Super Market
    Martin’s Super Market has been acquired by SpartanNash of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Martin’s name will remain on the 21 stores, and the employees will stay on in their respective positions. The deal will conclude in the first quarter of 2019.

  • Miracle Bar
    Miracle Bar, a gaudily decorated Christmas pop-up holiday bar will open again in South Bend from Nov. 23 till Dec. 24. Located at the former Rack House Tavern and Grill at 1902 South Bend Ave near the University of Notre Dame campus. Last year Miracle Bar, a pop-up holiday bar that is part of a chain of pop-up bars that originated in New York City, opened in the East Bank neighborhood and was overwhelmed by the community response. The new venue is larger and has convenient parking. The owners of Render Kitchen and Fat Cap Smoked Meats are the hosts, have purchased the building, and will open a new venue there in the future.

  • MOD Pizza
    MOD Pizza at 285 County Road 6 East, Elkhart. The new restaurant features handmade pizza, salads, desserts, milkshakes, and local craft beer and wine. Its inaugural day is Friday, Dec 7, 2018

  • Notre Dame Stadium

    The Garth Brooks concert at Notre Dame Stadium sold 84,000 tickets in less than two hours in September 2018. According to the most recent estimate, each Notre Dame home game translates to about $26.4 million for the regional economy as visitors fill thousands of hotel rooms, dine at area restaurants and enjoy the offerings of area caterers.

  • Notre Dame
    Notre Dame has a $2.46 billion economic impact on the greater St. Joseph, Elkhart, and Marshall counties. The impact supports 16,700 jobs and generates $52 million in state tax revenue. This represents the University’s impact through its operations, capital investments; the student, visitor, and event-participant spending; and increased household income generated by its graduates.

  • Per Bacco
    The newly renovated Per Bacco restaurant in Elkhart has gleaming mahogany and stone walls. It has a wood-fired pizza oven visible behind the new bar, and it will have the same delicious food. Opening on November 20, 2018, it will have new lighting and a new setting creating an elegant environment with 74 seats.

  • Pinellia Vegan Asian Restaurant
    Pinellia Vegan Asian Restaurant opened in the Hickory Crossing Plaza at 3601 Edison Road, (574) 855-3390. The restaurant offers a wide range of options — 77 to be exact. Everything is vegan, using a soy substitute for the protein options.

  • Pizo & Foz Urban Pizza Kitchen

    Elkhart’s newer pizza place, Pizo & Foz Urban Pizza Kitchen opened a different kind of pizza joint and modeled it after spots in Chicago. Among many unique pies, Chicago-style deep dish pizza is also on the menu. The tavern-style pizza is available with a wheat-based crust that is chewy and crisp at the edges. Pizo & Foz also offers two gluten-free vegan crust options, one made of cauliflower and Parmesan cheese. Pizo & Foz offers online ordering via its website, eatpizofoz.com. It allows you to place an order and get a time for pick-up.

  • SF Motors
    SF Motors, an electronic vehicle manufacturer that is gearing up its plant near Mishawaka for production, has reached a development agreement with the St. Joseph County Council. The company’s initial investment of $20 million and a mandate to hit hiring and investments will give it a seven-year tax abatement. They must employ at least 100 people by March 31, 2019, have an average wage of $26, and employ local labor.

  • Silver Birch of Mishawaka
    Silver Birch of Mishawaka will be opening in January 2019. An affordable assisted living community, it is located at 3630 Hickory Road, Mishawaka. Silver Birch is a group of assisted living communities that makes living there affordable for everyone and qualified residents can receive government support.

  • NICTD

  • South Shore Line
    The plan to add a second track to the South Shore Line between Gary and Michigan City cleared another federal hurdle last week, after the Federal Transit Administration released a “finding of no significant impact” on the environment as a result of the proposed project

  • The Ivy at Berline Place
    The Ivy at Berlin Place in South Bend wins “2018 Editor’s Choice for Outstanding Achievement Award.” from Ballpark Digest. The $24 million mixed-use project, similar in style to the Chicago brownstones that border Wrigley Field, is expected to begin moving tenants in within the next few weeks.

  • d=Wedgewood Brewing Co
    Wedgewood Brewing Co of Middlebury and has opened a new and larger brewery on the south side in order to expand their brewing facilities. As a result of newly opened space, the taproom at 106 S. Main in Middlebury has expanded and offers seating for 30 and an outdoor beer garden. Beside their brews, guest brews, and a couple of wine choices, they offer snacks like pizza, meat and cheese charcuterie, and chips.

  • Wildman Business Group LLC
    Wildman acquired the industrial and food and beverage accounts of Monarch Linen & Uniform Rentals in South Bend. Wildman will take over Monarch’s South Bend location without disruption to customers or current employees. Wildman now has four locations to serve their customer base.

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