All in the family: Elkhart building stays in family for generations

Published: Apr. 3, 2019 at 11:12 PM EDT
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It's a beautiful day on Main Street in Elkhart, home to shops, theatres and a restaurant with so much history.

"I grew up here," said George Anagnos, owner of what is now 523 Tap and Grill. "I used to sweep the floors and it was an old pool room."

Anagnos, now the owner of the building, just celebrated 523 Tap and Grill's 10-year anniversary. But that's nothing compared to how long his family has been working on Main Street.

"The building has been in the family since the 1920s," he said. "My uncle came in 1921 and started right here in this building. My dad came later in 1951 and didn't speak a word of English."

The building has been home to many businesses through the years, including shoe shining, a pool room and a hat-cleaning business.

For Anagnos, he never thought one day he'd continue the legacy.

"No, I never really thought this would be all on me, but it is, and I'm loving it," he said.

It all comes back to how much Elkhart means to his family.

"The people here are just amazing," Anagnos said. "I really feel like Elkhart has really given me a backbone."

The building has been in the family for 100 years, and for generations, it's remained a staple on Main Street.

"People come in for dinner and they'll talk about Pool Tables Plus, which is next door, and say we bought a pool table from there 20 years ago," Anagnos said.

523 Tap and Grill is giving a whole new meaning to family business.