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Bread Basket closes in Hammond

The Bread Basket in Hammond has permanently closed.

A once-popular Hammond eatery that's been around for nearly three decades has closed. 

The Bread Basket at 7205 Indianapolis Boulevard has shut its doors for good, and won't reopen anywhere else.

"Sometimes when it's done, it's done,"  said owner Ron Lineburg, who co-owned the restaurant with his wife, Karen. "This is closed. We're just looking to see what the next step is."

The Lineburgs ground their own grains to make fresh bread every day since the restaurant first opened in 1986. Their eatery, which they started to pay his his tuition at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, was first on Calumet Avenue in Hammond but was soon doing well enough to relocate to a much larger location on Indianapolis Boulevard with two floors.

Besides its bakery and the ever-present aroma of fresh-baked bread, the Bread Basket offered soup, salads and sandwiches. Top sellers included the tuna salad sandwich and baked potato soup.

The retro eatery was decorated with casual country decor, such as woven baskets. The Bread Basket was known for its onion casserole and its almond chicken sandwich, which was recently highlighted in The Times Dishes of the South Shore and was especially popular as a half sandwich-half soup combo.

Though it was an old-fashioned restaurant, its menu changed seasonally, and it also featured contemporary fare like paninis and vegetarian options.

The Bread Basket isn't the only longtime staple on the Region dining scene to close its doors this year. Other long-established restaurants that called it quits include Bronko's in Crown Point, The Patio in Merrillville, Stronbow Inn in Valparaiso, and Rodini's in Michigan City.

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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.