Grill & Bar has closed.
The restaurant, at
791 Indian Boundary Road, served its last meal on Saturday night. Employees
were informed on Sunday morning that the business was being shuttered,
asked not to be named--told the Chesterton Tribune this morning that
the decision was made with deep regret and thanked the community for its
support over the years. He noted that all Applebee’s establishments are
individually owned and operated franchises.
Applebee’s was a
pioneer business when it opened almost exactly 13 years ago, in October
2003. As the original anchor of the “Pumpkin Patch” strip mall developed by
Tom Roberts, it was at that time only the second commercial building on the
north side of Indian Boundary Road, east of Ind. 49. The first was the new
Jewel/Osco, which opened in August 2001.
Applebee’s--decorated with photographs of Chesterton and other Hoosier
memorabilia--was a popular place for families with young children, served
good food, and boasted a varied menu.
As it happens,
Sunday’s closing of Applebee’s is the second this fall in the Pumpkin Patch.
In October the Chesterton branch of LaPorte Savings Bank closed, after being
acquired by Horizon Bank and its local functions and personnel consolidated
with Horizon’s own Chesterton branch.