Jason Curtis is renovating the former Boardwalk Cafe to reopen as The Bacon Strip.
Why not name a cafe after a breakfast food?
Boardwalk Cafe in Easy Shopping Place served breakfast and lunch for 19 years before closing in July.
The cafe in 561 E. Jackson Blvd., Elkhart, is being renovated and coming back, as early as October, as The Bacon Strip.
Jason Curtis, owner of Five Star Dive Bar in the same building, is overseeing a renovation for what will be his second place. A crew is gutting the restaurant and installing new flooring, ceiling, kitchen and dining room furnishings.
Curtis is passionate about breakfast. And the new place will have traditional choices – and extra portions of bacon. He said he plans to have different kinds of bacon on the menu and make them part of a variety of dishes.
“We’re going to ride the bacon craze a little bit,” he said.
The hours will be 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, but on weekends, it’ll also be open from midnight Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday and midnight Saturday to 5 a.m. Sunday. So that means you’ll be able to get breakfast all night Friday and Saturday until early afternoon Saturday or Sunday.
Why do that? Well, he owns a bar. In the same building as the cafe. So people will be able to go to the bar, then go eat breakfast. Smart move.
Five Star Dive Bar, in the northern end of the building, is getting ready to open a patio and is doing very well. Curtis got involved in October 2012 and took over as sole owner with his wife, Raquel, in February. Business is good. And so’s the food.
“Having this breakfast place is awesome for me. I’ll just love it,” he said.
I don’t know what the breakfast will look like, but here’s one of the burgers at Five Star.