By ROGER SCHNEIDER firstname.lastname@example.org
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JoJo’s Pretzels has opened its second store and fans of the hand-rolled warm snacks have quickly discovered the restaurant.
Joanna and Levi King, who have operated JoJo’s for many years in Shipshewana, opened their Goshen location Dec. 6. The restaurant is in the former Electric Brew location at 136 S. Main St.
“We love downtown Goshen,” Joanna said. “It is a great culture and we want to be part of it.”
She said they had been considering opening a restaurant in downtown Goshen for several years but did not do so because they wanted a location at Washington and Main streets. So when the Electric Brew moved across the street to a new spot on Washington, the King’s had the opening they wanted.
“We feel like we are an important part of downtown, but others have paved the way for it to be a great place,” Joanna said.
The Kings had the building’s interior remodeled, opening up more windows and allowing more light to stream in from the south. The restaurant features hand-made booths by Mark Liechty, who took down a barn near Bluffton to obtain the wood. In the middle of the restaurant is a long, narrow and curvy table that dominates the dinning area.
“We call it the river table,” Joanna said.
Liechty created the table and was showing it to the Kings when he turned it over. Everyone agreed that the intended bottom side was far more interesting and now it is the top of the table.
The restaurant keeps the Coca-Cola theme of the Shipshewana location, with some twists. A hanging table near the front window is shaped liked a Coke bottle and near the other front window there is a table shaped like a bottle cap.
Four employees hand-roll the pretzels, which come in original, whole wheat, garlic, Parmesan, cinnamon, dill pickle, sour cream and onion and salt and vinegar flavors. Gluten free pretzels are also available and there are many toppings.
“You can do so many combinations,” Joanna said.
The restaurant also features croissant sandwiches and wraps, milkshakes, soups and salads and soft drinks, including flavored Cokes.
For those who like the Shipshewana restaurant’s wooden nickel gift certificates, Joanna said they are available at the Goshen location. The Kings are also hoping to get involved with Goshen-area schools to provide the wooden nickels as rewards to students who complete their reading program tasks. Students in the Shipshewana area receive the nickels and can obtain a free pretzel with them, according to Joanna.
Restaurant hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.