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The former Miller Bakery Cafe is seen Lake Street Miller sectiGary Ind. Wednesday December 5 2012.  A public notice

The former Miller Bakery Cafe is seen on Lake Street in the Miller section of Gary, Ind. Wednesday December 5, 2012. A public notice of application for alcoholic beverage permit is currently posted in the window with the applicant name of The Strode Restaurant Group, Inc. | Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 10, 2013 6:20AM



GARY — New owners may soon breathe new life into the shuttered Miller Bakery Cafe.

Jack Strode and Diana Twyman, a Miller resident, could not be reached for comment, but they are the owners of The Strode Restaurant Group, a newly formed company with a mailing address in Miller.

An orange placard on the picture window of the venerable restaurant, 555 S. Lake St., indicates the owners have applied for a liquor application. Their hearing will be Jan. 13.

Joe VanDyk, Gary’s zoning administrator, said Wednesday no one has applied for a business license to reopen the restaurant, but it is not uncommon for owners to await the outcome of a liquor license hearing.

Former owner and chef Gary Sanders, who also owns Bartlett’s, a restaurant in Beverly Shores, closed Miller Bakery Cafe in 2010 after a 21-year run.

The restaurant was a popular eatery and lounge and even drew the attention of the popular PBS television program “Check Please!”

Prior to the restaurant opening in the mid-1980s, the building was a bakery, serving customers for 45 years beginning in 1941.



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