WARSAW — In 2019, several businesses throughout Warsaw and surrounding areas opened to the public. However, many other well-known businesses decided to shut their doors permanently. This story is a recap of the biggest openings and closings of restaurants and stores in Kosciusko County.
- Dunkin’ – Dunkin’ in Warsaw opened to the public in late February. The restaurant, located at 2234 E. Center St., is famous for its donuts and coffee.
- Texas Roadhouse – Texas Roadhouse in Warsaw opened in March. The restaurant, located at 700 W. CR 300N, specializes in steaks.
- Habitat Resale Outlet – Habitat for Humanity opened the Habitat Resale Outlet in Warsaw in May. The store, located at 3970 Corridor Drive, sells donated furniture, building supplies and appliances. Received profits go toward building homes for lower-income families in Kosciusko County.
- Flavor Freeze – Flavor Freeze, an ice cream store located at 2950 Frontage Road, Warsaw, opened in April. The company has been in existence since 1966 and offers a wide variety of menu items.
- Dollar Tree – A second Dollar Tree store was brought into the Warsaw area at 3701 Commerce Drive, the site of the former Aldi location.
- Side House Grill – Side House Grill, located at 2604 Shelden St., Warsaw, opened in May. The restaurant and bar offers a backyard BBQ American grill-style menu.
- Mary Ann’s Place – Beaman Home opened Mary Ann’s Place, a donation drop-off center and thrift store, in July. The store is located at 325 Argonne Road, Warsaw.
- Port Winona – Port Winona Wine & Market opened in May in the Village At Winona. The store, located at 807 E. Canal St., Winona Lake, is a wine café and a marketplace.
- The Field House – The Field House is an indoor turf facility located at 4640 SR 13, Leesburg, that can be used for a variety of different sports and events.
- Biryani Kitchen – Biryani Kitchen, 114 S. Buffalo St., Warsaw, features authentic Indian food. The business opened in late November.
- Three Crowns Coffee – A second location for Three Crowns Coffee recently opened in early December. Located at 941 N. Detroit St. They offer pour-over coffee, lattes and more.
- The Party Shop – Established in 1978, The Party Shop operated for more than 40 years. Due to retirement, the store, formerly located at 3418 Lake City Highway, Warsaw, closed early this year. The Henry Ford Museum in Michigan acquired The Party Shop’s Hallmark ornament collection.
- Payless ShoeSource – Payless ShoeSource Inc. closed all of its branches this year after filing for bankruptcy. The Warsaw Payless location was formerly located at 2818 Frontage Road.
- Market Street Owen’s location – In late February, Kroger’s Central Division announced that it would close the Market Street Owen’s store due to the store’s poor financial performance.
- Steak ‘n Shake – Warsaw’s Steak ‘n Shake, located at 2455 Jalynn St., closed this year. The restaurant is changing from corporate to franchise ownership. Since late March, the building has remained vacant, with no potential franchise partners in place to re-open the restaurant.
- Milford PNC Bank – The PNC Bank branch in Milford, formerly located at 127 S. Main St., permanently closed in July. Milford accounts were combined into the Warsaw Central branch on Market Street.
- OrthoCity Brewery & Smokehouse – In May, owners of OrthoCity Brewery & Smokehouse, 975 Warren St., Warsaw, announced that the business would close.
- Kmart – Kmart, formerly located at 3350 Lake City Highway, Warsaw, began liquidation sales in August as the retail store’s closure was announced.
- Chicago Doghouse – Chicago Doghouse, located at 1527 N. Detroit St., closed on Friday, Sept. 27. The property has been purchased by Mark Poling, owner of Hogs R Wild BBQ.
- Amish Acres – After 50 years in operation, Amish Acres, Nappanee, is closed. The locally-owned business closed due to the owners’ retirement. The property is set for auction in February.