By Leah Sander
WARSAW — A favorite Warsaw eatery is returning in a new incarnation.
The former B-Mac’s restaurant, located at 114 N. Buffalo St., Warsaw, is reopening under new ownership as The Buzz on Buffalo.
The new owner, Jen Wolfe, said she plans on a mid-October opening.
The restaurant closed this spring when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. As time went on, B-Mac’s owner, Brian McClelland, decided he wanted to get out of the restaurant business, said Wolfe.
McClelland bought B-Mac’s in 2008. Before that, the restaurant was known as Dig’s Diner for years and was owned by Bill Degaetano.
“I really enjoyed my time as a business owner in the downtown area. The people are great and the support from the community was even greater,” McClelland said in an email to InkFreeNews. “Thank you to all of my patrons who supported me throughout the years. I will miss the camaraderie the most. What I won’t miss is all the behind the scene challenges that present themselves at the most inopportune times. It’s been a fun ride and I’m looking forward to my future endeavors, whatever that might be.”
Wolfe, a B-Mac’s server for more than four years, bought the business in August. She’s worked in the restaurant industry all her life.
“I’ve always wanted to own my own restaurant,” she said. The new name comes from people getting the local news or gossip from stopping in at the restaurant.
There may be a new name and new ownership, but a lot of the former restaurant will remain the same.
Hours are 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday and 6 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Wolfe said the business will also be open on First Fridays from 5 p.m. to around 8:30 or 9 p.m.
The menu will be about the same. Wolfe said some of the specialties will be pulled pork and homemade soups. She might have some people baking cinnamon rolls and pies, saying she doesn’t want to serve any more store-bought pies.
“Customers are going to see a lot of familiar faces,” she said of the former B-Mac’s cook and wait staff returning to work. She said McClelland is going to return to help for the first few days. The business will offer free delivery to any location in Warsaw and Winona Lake.
“A lot of Warsaw needs this in this area,” she said.