Chesterton’s charm attracts interest, for its dining, services and opportunities to enjoy nature. Each of those categories are preparing to offer even more, and all provide more employment, with one adding up to 80 employees.
Chef Dino Cocco says when his Volstead restaurant opens in May at 225 Calumet Road, site of the former Popolano's restaurant, the menu will offer “unconventional fine dining.”
“Volstead” is Cocco's wink-wink reference to the Volstead Act of 1919 introducing Prohibition. Cocco will be offering craft cocktails—mixology on the wild side, with combinations new to many in Northwest Indiana, he says. “People here are starting to try these craft cocktails,” for which he'll have four different kinds of ice and glassware chosen for specific drinks. Wines and craft beers will also be available.
Look for the upscale American fare to be unique, too. “I'll mix flavors from around the globe as long as the dish tastes good!” Cocco says. Volstead has its own smokehouse and makes bacon from scratch. A house specialty will be braised pork shoulder and steaks will include a dry aged option.
“We'll do a spin on a French Lyonnaise salad, serving it in an edible bird's nest made of potatoes,” and desserts will range beyond what's come to be expected, says Cocco. One promises to be a modern twist on an old favorite, made, like all cakes there, from scratch, one with up to 10 components on the plate.
Volstead has three updated, themed dining rooms: a private room for up to 15 guests; a larger room with gold ceiling and trim; and a third room connected to the bar, with reclaimed barn wood, tin ceiling, and 20-foot-tall stained glass windows.
A business opening in spring 2018 will create about 70 to 80 jobs, with employees drawn as much as possible from the Chesterton area, says Jonathon Restum, vice president of marketing at StoryPoint, a senior living facility. New job levels will range from executive to maintenance to part-time servers.
StoryPoint, with mulitple locations, chose Chesterton to offer a variety of options for seniors there: 120 units for independent living and 62 units for enhanced living, on one campus. Each provides independent living in apartments, with services geared to the level of support needed by individuals.
Independent living provides the privacy of an apartment home without having to deal with housecleaning and maintenance. Seniors are involved in the community and can have a carport for their own car.
Enhanced living offers all the features of independent living plus optional custom personal care plans that can include assistance with medication reminders, mobility, personal styling, and many more options.
Included for all residents are:
- Van and shuttle bus transportation
- Chef-prepared dinners
- Daily activities
- Housekeeping services
- Apartment maintenance
- 24-hour response system
“We're a privately owned company, loyal to the seniors we serve,” says Restum. “It's an honor to serve them, their families and the community.”
If StoryPoint's wellness team identifies a resident's needs for greater care, StoryPoint offers help to ease the transition to another facility by letting families know of area facilities other families have been very happy with.
"At StoryPoint we have a theme throughout: Making it so every little moment can shine, not just the special events. We identify potential employees whose purpose is to serve. It's an incredible opportunity to be a part of an organization that gets to do what we do,” says Restum.
Chesterton boasts a total of 10 parks in its parks and recreation system, which is adding five new attractions and upgrades, says Hillary Thomas-Peterson, Chesterton Parks & Recreation administrator.
- Chesterton Park at the corner of 5th Street and Porter Avenue has two projects: a new Splash Pad and a new toddler playground.
- Dogwood Park on 23rd Street also has two projects: bathrooms and a new playground.
- Olde Towne Park in the Olde Towne Park subdivision will have a new playground.
“We want people to enjoy our parks (even more),” says Thomas-Peterson.
Costs for the projects are still being acquired throughout the installation process, she says, funded by a $2 million bond received in 2016. Expenditures so far have totaled $763,502.