Good to Go by Lucrezia closes in downtown Valpo

Good to Go by Lucrezia closed in downtown Valparaiso.

A well-regarded olive oil and wine bar/deli/cafe has bid arrivederci to downtown Valparaiso after the owner said she had too much on her plate.

Good to Go by Lucrezia closed its location at 54 W. Lincolnway, just off the courthouse square, after three years.

Good to Go was an offshoot of Lucrezia Café and Ristorante of Northwest Indiana, which operates fine dining restaurants specializing in Northern Italian cuisine in Chesterton and Crown Point. The owners just opened the new Lucrezia Trattoria by Lake Maxinkuckee in Culver.

Lucrezia is keeping all three restaurants open, as well as the original Good to Go shop located near its Chesterton restaurant at 420 S. Calumet Road, but owner Nada Karas said it was too much to juggle five different establishments.

"We decided that our main focus had to be our full service restaurant brand, Lucrezia," Karas said on a Facebook post.

"This was apparent quickly with the accolades and the high customer demand we were receiving at our newest restaurant, Lucrezia Trattoria, in Culver, Indiana. Something had to give (there is one of me ... haha) and for many reasons, it needed to be Good to Go by Lucrezia in Valpo."

Good to Go by Lucrezia declined to renew its lease in downtown Valparaiso as well.

The retail shop and casual eatery was known for its charcuterie, artisan cheeseboards, craft beer, small plates, flatbreads, Boar's Head deli meat and live music. It was  well-reviewed online, getting 4.5 out of 5 stars on TripAdvisor. 

"We will continue offering extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars, retail wine, and gourmet food items at our original Good to Go by Lucrezia in Chesterton," Karas said. "We will miss our loyal customers and musicians that called Good to Go by Lucrezia in Valpo their home."

Despite the cafe's closure, downtown Valparaiso still has one of the liveliest dining scenes in Northwest Indiana. New restaurants have continued to open, including Blue Point Oysters and Sushi Bar, Radius Valpo and Ricochet Tacos.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.