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Pressed Cafe

Bar Manager Sean Nicholas chats with customers at the lunch-time rush at Pressed Cafe in Bedford on March 10.




Miri and Roi Shpindler waited years to open a Pressed Cafe location in Bedford.

First, they hoped to open at the Market and Main development in 2019, but the project stalled.

Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

“If it hadn’t been for COVID, we would have been open a year ago,” Miri Shpindler said.

On March 6, it finally happened.

The couple planned to have a soft opening for their seventh location at 216 S. River Road with family and friends, but a small neon “OPEN” sign and a few social media posts ended up packing the place. The space previously was occupied by Canoe restaurant, which closed in May 2020.

The restaurant industry took a brutal beating, especially early in the pandemic, Shpindler said, but the restaurant’s fast-casual

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Haab’s Restaurant in Ypsilanti closes after 87 years in business

Long-time Ypsilanti favorite Haab’s Restaurant announced Thursday night on its Facebook page it is closing its doors after 87 years in business.

Co-owners Mike Kabat and son Dave Kabat cited the difficulty in keeping the restaurant afloat in the midst of staffing shortages and reduced income caused by the pandemic.

The elder Kabat said they told the employees at 8:30 p.m. Thursday evening that Haab’s Restaurant was closed as of 8 p.m.

“We decided that like ripping a bandage off, you rip the bandage off and go with that,” Kabat said.

The restaurant received many phone calls from community members Friday morning lamenting the loss of a local staple.

“We agonize for those people that have been calling today and saying, ‘We’ve eaten there for 50 years,'” Kabat said. “They’re like family to us. They know the specific table they like to sit at.”

Fans will miss their number one

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NWI Business Ins and Outs: Mediterranean restaurant, Bubble tea and poke place, Puerto Rican eatery, chicken and fish joint, men’s clothing store and music venue opening | Northwest Indiana Business Headlines

McGowan & Sons, a seafood market in Valparaiso, has expanded its business to include cooking classes, a new to-go menu, lobster rolls, wine tastings and Friday fish fries.

The business at 1607 Burlington Beach Road specializes in fresh seafood, including a catch of the day, meal kits and freshly made salads. It’s now offering Bring Your Bubble Cooking Classes.

“Many of our customers loved our cooking classes that we offered before the pandemic,” owner Leslee McGowan said. “It’s a little more challenging now to mix people in communal seating so we have developed Bring Your Bubble Cooking Classes. The idea is to bring your group of friends, family and neighbors and we’ll host a cooking class complete with cocktails and fun.”

It’s also offering virtual cooking classes on Thursday evenings.

“These classes are now being offered on Thursday evenings,” she said. “Customers pick up their cooking class kit on Thursday

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Clair’s family restaurant Hanover back in business

When the owners of Clair’s Family Restaurant announced in September they were retiring, the Hanover community lined up outside the door, ready to enjoy one final meal. 

But Clair Markey’s granddaughter, Amber Golden, was not quite ready to let go of the business she grew up in.

“When my mom and uncle announced they were retiring, everyone in Hanover was sad, like losing a member of their family sad,” Golden added. “I told my mom, don’t put it (the restaurant) on the market.”

Before taking over the business, Golden called her grandfather, and asked if it would be all right if she continued the family business.

“He was overwhelmed with happiness when I told him — I don’t think he ever expected Clair’s would be at the third generation.”  

Clair's granddaughter Amber Golden, will be the third generation owner of Clair's Family Restaurant, which will reopen in January, 2022.

Good news, it’s back: Clair’s Family Restaurant in Hanover closes up shop after 45 years

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