TASTE TEST: Dream of the '90s alive in Tomato Bar's Porklandia Remember when people were eating pizza? Vegan pizza, gluten-free pizza? Pizza with a spicy alfredo base, a pesto base, an oil and garlic base? Pizza topped with portobello mushrooms, hardwood-smoked bacon, artichoke hearts and goat cheese?There's a place where that idea still exists as a reality. And I've been there.The tomato sauce never runs dry at Tomato Bar, a modern pizzeria with locations at 79 U.S. 41 in Schererville and 2310 Laporte Ave. in Valparaiso.Cory and Blair Muro, the duo that's also behind Ricochet Tacos and The Market in Valparaiso, run the gourmet pizzeria where chefs toss spinning discs of dough in an open kitchen that features a custom-made 3,000 BTU rotating oven, a Homer Simpson Pez dispenser and a Stormtrooper standing sentinel next to a can of ingredients.Tomato Bar specializes in "outside-the-box" pizzas like The Buff, which includes a Buffalo sauce base, … [Read more...] about TASTE TEST: Dream of the ’90s alive in Tomato Bar’s Porklandia. Le Peep in Valpo offers brunch for the whole family.
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The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. announced Thursday that going-out-of-business sales will begin Friday in 212 stores and e-commerce websites under the Bon-Ton, Bergner's, Boston Store, Carson's, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates.The sale includes local Carson's locations in Southlake Mall in Hobart, the Marquette Mall in Michigan City and in Hammond, where the three-story store is all that remains of the once-thriving but now largely demolished Woodmar Mall.The liquidation sales are expected to run for approximately 10 to 12 weeks. Bon-Ton currently has 250 stores, 38 of which are already in liquidation from a previously announced store closure process.The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware on Wednesday approved a liquidation agreement.Additional customer information regarding the going-out-of-business sales is available on the company’s restructuring website at bontonrestructuring.com.More on NWI business openings and closings from Times reporter … [Read more...] about Everything must go: Region Carson’s stores among Bon-Ton locations to have going-out-of-business sale starting Friday
Fashionistas have a reason to rejoice.Kate Spade, a chic, urbane retailer known for its stylish handbags, "crisp colors, graphic prints and playful sophistication," will open an outlet store in the Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets in downtown Michigan City this summer. The high-end global designer brand, which encourages its often upper middle-class customers to "live colorfully," will open a 2,800-square-foot store in the outdoor mall at 601 Wabash St.“People have been clamoring for a Kate Spade at Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets for years, and now we are excited to announce that it’s becoming a reality,” Lighthouse Place General Manager Chris Juricic said. “Adding an iconic brand like Kate Spade further drives home our commitment to bring the most sought-after retailers to Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets for our shoppers to enjoy.”Kate Spade has more than 175 Kate Spade New York shops internationally that sell handbags, clothing, accessories, jewelry, … [Read more...] about Kate Spade store coming to Lighthouse Place in Michigan City
TASTE TEST: Grab some heat with Mexico Lindo's huevos rancheros PORTAGE — Mexico Lindo Mexican Restaurant Bar & Grill is unassuming from the outside but provides a bright and enjoyable atmosphere within.Decorative vines surround the walls and dividers and uplifting tunes carry down from the speakers. A pleasant mural adorns the eastern wall and a colorful bar area also proves inviting.Mexico Lindo, 5908 U.S. 6, offers many staples, including taco, burrito and fajita dinners and platters. However, the establishment is sure to appeal to those looking for some spice and fiery flavor in their meals.One selection, the Pollo a la Diabla, advertises it comes with a signature spicy sauce along with rice and beans. One server said it will take a "Mexican macho" to stomach it.If you're looking for something a little lighter, but still something with a slight zest, consider the huevos rancheros option off the breakfast side of the menu.This dish is served up with two eggs over easy … [Read more...] about TASTE TEST: Grab some heat with Mexico Lindo’s huevos rancheros
The Sears department store building at Southlake Mall is being auctioned online, but that doesn't mean the store itself will close.The struggling Hoffman Estates-based retailer, which has been closing stores across the country for years and sold off its iconic Craftsman line of tools last year, is selling 16 stores in a bid to raise capital, but is looking for lease-back deals through which it would collect a windfall from the sale and pay rent to a new owner instead of owning the building outright."We are pursuing a sale/leaseback of the Sears store," spokesman Howard Riefs said. "The store will then be leased by Sears (instead of owned) and remain open to the public."Cushman & Wakefield and RealINSIGHT Marketplace are auctioning off the 210,404-square-foot Sears, which was one of the original anchor stores when the Southlake Mall opened in 1974. It encompasses a 185,887-square-foot store and 24,517-square-foot auto center on a 17.5-acre site. The auction is slated … [Read more...] about Southlake Mall Sears building put up for sale