Stirred is gone.
The restaurant closed after business on June 29 and didn’t reopen, according to owner Tanya Bleiler.
“For me it wasn’t anything negative. It was just time,” she said Tuesday, July 9.
Bleiler opened the restaurant as a sushi and martini bar in 2006 at 115 E. Lexington Ave., Elkhart. Seven years later, she was ready to be done.
She said business had slowed and no one made an offer to purchase it in the three years it was for sale.
But she said the closing isn’t a negative thing. It’s a positive and will allow her to focus on The Daily Grind, the coffee shop next door that she said isn’t for sale.
“It’s hard to be joyful about it because everyone else is sad, but for me I am kind of joyful about it,” she said of Stirred.
The restaurant was among the first in the area to offer sushi and it was on the front edge of the martini trend in this area. Bleiler and her staff changed the menu to add sandwiches and other appetizers as well.
She said she has fewer hours in the day when she has to worry now and is pleased to be refreshing the Grind. Manager Steve Salisbury left to go to grad school and she and her staff have added a new menu.
Fans of Stirred can stop in from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday or Saturday to purchase items.
Truth photos by Jen Shephard at Stirred, 115 E. Lexington Ave., Elkhart.