Merle and Linda Anderson are nearly ready to reopen Cappy’s Northside at 1000 N. Michigan St., Elkhart.
I stopped in the other day and the place was still being worked on, but you could see a lot of progress.
A gigantic light dimmer switch is still in place.
A box behind the bar that needed a quarter an hour to keep the electricity on is no longer behind the bar, but Merle (shown here) had it rekeyed and kept it. The story goes that the bar came from Chicago and only some guys in Chicago could open the box to get the money. That’s how they continued to profit from a place in Elkhart, he said.
In the basement, where the beer used to come in through a manhole cover from the street, a couple folk paintings are still there. The Andersons would sell them if someone wants to buy them, but will probably keep the cash register.
The lights will be on soon.
The restaurant and bar closed in January. The Cappeletti family still owned the place, but someone else was running it and it had to close.
But it’ll open this week or next with fresh paint, new operators and even some craft beer on tap. But it still has plenty of old charm.
The Andersons have operated Pete’s Simonton Lake Tavern for decades. Linda’s family has had Pete’s since 1970 and Merle has been there for 22 years. Linda has been a nurse, but it ready to focus more on the restaurant business, Merle said.
Cappy’s Northside has been a Michigan Street restaurant for a number of years. It was originally where Nicky D’s was on Harrison Street, but Dominic Cappelletti, Linda’s grandfather, moved it to 1000 Michigan St., Elkhart.
He operated it and then his son, Francis, did. Dominic’s wife Evelyn has continued to own it.
The Andersons have been going through the basement, cleaning, painting and renovating. And now they’re ready to see some customers.
“We’re getting there,” Linda said. “The beer’s cold,” Merle added.
Hours will be 10 a.m to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 10 to 11 Friday and Saturday. They plan to offer about half dozen specials a day to start as well as beer, wine and liquor.
A patio will also open soon.