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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, 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 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.
Blackthorn Topgolf Swing Suite of 322 Toscana Blvd, is partnering with the national entertainment business. Blackthorn’s concept will consist of six indoor Top Golf 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.
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, 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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
South Shore along with the St. Joseph County Redevelopment Commission have hired Antero who will conduct a $100,000 study on creating a new train station near New Carlisle. The study will explore the feasibility and cost effectiveness of attracting a new group of riders from the newly developing industrial corridor near New Carlisle.
In addition, 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 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.
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.