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July 11, 2014

Adding to the mix

Café expands east, pizza place to move downtown

TERRE HAUTE — The mix of local food choices will get a fresh stir in the near future, as a café opens a second location, a pizza place moves downtown and a national chain sprouts in two more spots.

Owners of Delish Cafe will soon expand its presence into a second business on Vigo County’s east side.

Senka and Mico Delich on Wednesday take possession of the former Jonesey’s Eastside Diner at 8775 E. Wabash Ave. near Seelyville. The new restaurant will continue to be open on Wednesday, with a food menu change on Friday.

Signage will eventually show the new name — Delish Cafe East.

The Deliches will be remodeling the east side restaurant over the next six months, said Maja Delich, one of the couple’s four daughters. The business plans to add two new workers for the east side business, Senka Delich said.

“We love to work, and an opportunity came,” Senka Delich said. “It is a family atmosphere, like the old moma and papa store, and I think that is what sets us apart. You order and everything is prepared as you ordered. We don’t have anything that is frozen and there is no microwave.”

The present café opened on Terre Haute’s north side 21⁄2 years ago. That location has been expanded for more dining room seating, additional parking and extra space in the kitchen.

The business may best be known for its tenderloin, capturing the 2014 Tribune-Star Reader’s Choice for Best Tenderloin. It is also known for its skillet meals.

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Downtown Terre Haute will soon get a new pizza business.

Rollie’s Pizza is scheduled to open by Sept. 1 at 600 Wabash Ave. The business on July 27 will close its current east side location across from Lost Creek Elementary School.

“We will be on the main floor” of the downtown spot, said Eric Hettlinger, who along with his wife, Cindi, own the business. “We will cut a hole in the wall and put an entrance out onto the Sixth Street side.”

Garmong Construction will be doing the remodeling work, Eric Hettlinger said.

The business will be next to a new student housing building for Indiana State University, currently under construction, and near the Deming Center, which is to be renovated into apartments.

“We just wanted a place to move downtown,” Cindi Hettlinger said, adding that the business is actually targeting downtown business people as well as professionals, such as attorneys.

“I have always been told ‘more restaurants, more people,’” Hettlinger said. “They get a choice.”

The Hettlingers have owned Rollie’s for five years. The business plans to be open from daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and to add 20 employees, Cindi Hettlinger said.

“I want to be part of the downtown, and I think will be an asset to the downtown,” she added.

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Bell American Group, based in Indianapolis, intends to open a Taco Bell near Indiana 46/U.S. 40 and Bill Farr Drive on Terre Haute’s east side, as well as open a Taco Bell in Paris, Illinois.

Both stores are slated to open before the end of the year, with one store opening 30 days before the other, said Marilyn Cummins, spokeswoman for American Bell Group, which is the third largest franchisee of Taco Bell in the United States. The group, founded in 1982, has 170 Taco Bell and associated YUM! Brands restaurants.

Bell American Group LLC is one of two wholly-owned subsidiaries of Flynn Restaurant Group, which has 640 restaurants and $1.4 billion in annual sales. Flynn Restaurant Group, based in San Francisco, is one of the 50 largest foodservice companies of any kind in the United States.

Bell American Group plans to employ 20 to 25 workers at both the Terre Haute and Paris restaurants, Cummins said.

Reporter Howard Greninger can be reached at 812-231-4204 or howard.greninger@tribstar.com.

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