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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.

Wise Guys Discount Liquors has opened a new store at 1601 S. Calumet Road in Chesterton.

The local chain, a spinoff of the WiseWay grocery stores, is known for wide and well-curated selections similar to Binny's in Chicago. It's also known for its frequent Wise Guy University classes educating consumers on wines, cocktails and other booze-related subjects. Wise Guys also has big-box stores in Hobart and Merrillville.

The company announced on Facebook that the Chesterton store, by Round the Clock restaurant near the intersection of Ind. 49 and County Road 1100, has "the same great selection and customer service you've come to expect from Wise Guys." There's an extensive array of craft beer and a "one-of-a-kind fine wine corner."

The liquor store is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from noon until 8 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 219-728-1781.


Purdue University Northwest plans to open its new Indianapolis Boulevard Counseling Center in Hammond after a ribbon cutting with dignitaries at 1 p.m. Oct. 25.

The new off-campus facility is located at 7030 Indianapolis Blvd. in a building that previously housed a grocery and furniture store. It's now home to Purdue Northwest's Community Counseling Center and Marriage and Family Therapy Center. 

Those offices were formerly located on 169th Street but closed so neighboring Korellis Roofing could expand its headquarters.


La Cabana has moved into the old Indy Cafe space across from the South Shore Line station in East Chicago.

The restaurant at 5654 Indianapolis Blvd. serves up an array of traditional Mexican foods such as molettes, quesadillas, enchiladas, burritos and tacos that are served with rice and beans. Menudo soup is available on weekends, if you're wondering how authentic it is.

For commuters into Chicago, there's an extensive array of breakfast options like huevos ranchero, huevos a la Mexicana, huevos con chorizo, and huevos con jamon.

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La Cabana is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 219-354-0075 or find La Cabana on Facebook.


Aldi recently reopened its stores at 795 Deer Creek Drive in Schererville and at 5102 Franklin St. in Michigan City after extensive renovations.

The Germany-based discount supermarket chain, one of the largest grocers operating in the Region, has been pumping more than $180 million into more than 130 stores across Chicagoland, including Northwest Indiana. It's investing more than $1.9 billion in its U.S. stores by 2020.


Arbor View Animal Hospital, the only animal hospital in Northwest Indiana specializing in the care and treatment of exotic animals, has moved to a larger location at 244 West U.S. 6 in Valparaiso.

"Arbor View is the same hospital, but in a new building," Arbor View Animal Hospital Office Manager Boddie Smith said. "We are so excited to share our brand new facility with our clients and the community. With our larger, updated hospital we are proud to be able to care for more pets than ever before, while maintaining the same high quality of care we have been giving for decades."

In addition to exotic animals, the hospital treats, boards and grooms family pets.

For more information, call 219-762-7267.

Business Ins and Outs

If you've got tips about new stores or restaurants anywhere in the Region, or just wonder what's under construction somewhere, contact NWI Business Ins and Outs columnist Joseph S. Pete at joseph.pete@nwi.com or 219.933.3316.