December 6, 2022

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NWI Business Ins and Outs: Trailyard hybrid restaurant/bike shop, Popeyes, medical offices open
A new hybrid restaurant, bike shop, bar, coffee shop and biking outpost has rolled into the outskirts of Valparaiso.
Trailyard opened this weekend for dining-in by reservation-only at 2551 Clifford Road.
The unique establishment aims to be a “destination of experiences like no other in Northwest Indiana” and to give people a chance to dine “next door to outside.”
The menu includes shareables like elote hush puppies, blistered shishito peppers, short rib eggroll and smoked salmon dip. It offers a variety of salads, bar snacks and burgers, including an elk burger and the short ride melt that tops short rib with roasted oyster mushrooms, redeye cheddar gravy and garlic aioli. Taco options include brisket, vegan and citrus-marinated pork shoulder slow-roasted in banana leaves.
Diners also can get fry flights that can be enjoyed frites-style with a choice of three dipping sauces like Sriracha mayo, beer cheese, cilantro-lemon aioli, smoked paprika, basil pesto and three-grain mustard.
It also has a variety of gourmet mac and cheeses, including the Mac and Blue that blends gorgonzola, brisket, oyster mushroom, peppercorn and pretzel dust.
The bar offers craft beer, hard seltzer, wine and cocktails, like the Creek Water that blends rum with thyme simple syrup, honey, lime juice and lavender bitters.
It’s located on the Creekside trailhead to cater to cyclists. People can grab a coffee or snack before hitting the trail or a meal or beer after a long ride.
“Trailyard was created to give our community a place to celebrate with family and laugh with friends while enjoying a cocktail, hearty meal or fresh cup of coffee,” the business said on its website. “Founded out of the mountain biking culture, we aim to educate, inspire, and uplift our active outdoor community. Whether you are conquering Creekside trails or a plate of artisan nachos we invite you to relax, indulge and recharge.”
Trailyard Coffee Shop opens at 7 a.m. daily. Trailyard Kitchen & Bar is open from 11 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, visit www.trailyard.org or call 219-462-6000.
Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen recently opened in the booming Beacon Hill development in Crown Point.
The fast-food restaurant is serving up southern-style fried chicken and cajun sides at 10503 Broadway. It’s open for dine-in and takeout and has a drive-thru.
In recent years, the chain has been known for its chicken sandwich, which helped inspire the Chicken Sandwich Wars in which most major chains have now rolled out premium chicken sandwiches featuring plump, juicy and often brined chicken breasts.
It’s open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.
A financial advisory service firm is relocating from Merrillville to Crown Point.
Eley-Graham-Austgen Financial Advisory signed a long-term lease to take over 5,200 square feet of office space at 2100 N Main St. in Crown Point. The office plans to open on the second floor of the building in November.
“This is a great central location for a financial service provider and a great fit for the diverse professional services at 2100 N. Main,” said Crown Point-based Latitude Commercial Associate Broker Chandler Kimmel, who represented the landlord in the transaction. “Eley-Graham-Austgen Financial Advisory will provide a much-needed service to clients around the area.”
For more information, call 219-736-6900.
The Jerk N Go Jamaican restaurant recently opened on U.S. 30 in Merrillville.
The eatery is open for dine-in at 234 81st Ave. The food includes jerk chicken, wings and seafood with sides like green beans, corn, cabbage, yams and mac and cheese.
The sports bar and grill has Red Stripe and “great food, great vibes, no problem.”
Jerk N Go is open from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and from 12 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
For more information, call 219-525-5181.
Dr. Anthony Pallotto has opened a comprehensive dental implant center Wednesday at 2213 Main St. in Highland.
Pallotto is a third-generation dentist. His father is Dr. Nick Palloto, who had a dental office in Lansing, and his grandfather is the late Dr. Romeo Pallotto, who had a dental practice on the South Side of Chicago.
For more information, call 219-258-7076 or email info@smilesbymade.com.
Endodontic & Periodontic Associates, or EndoPerio, is opening a new dental office in Crown Point.
The doctor-owned multi-specialty group dental practice has been in business for 52 years. It has offices in Dyer, Valparaiso and Michigan City, as well as Homewood, Oak Lawn, Orland Park, Joliet, and Bourbonnais. 
One of the largest multi-specialty group practices in the Midwest, EndoPerio is expanding to 11045 Broadway, Suite A to serve the growth in Crown Point and surrounding communities. It’s a modern office with state-of-the-art equipment that includes a Digital X-ray, Cone Beam Computed Tomography, intraoral photography and a 6-Stage Microscope with LED lighting that allows for more precise endodontic treatment.
EndoPerio offers a full a full range of endodontic and periodontic services. 
Chad R. Wiersema, one of the owners of EndoPerio, is bringing the office to Crown Point where he lives and is raising a family.
“After dental school, I worked as a general dentist for one year gaining valuable experience before continuing my education in endodontics,” he said. “I have been working as an Endodontist in the Northwest Indiana area since 2006. As an endodontic practice, we offer conventional root canal therapy, retreatment of root canal therapy, and Apicoectomy treatment of prior root canals. We also can perform root canals on children when needed, which may include regenerative endodontics. I have been a part-time instructor at UIC dental school, training the post-graduate students in the endodontic clinic.  What I love most about endodontics, is being able to help patients in their most desperate times of need, in addition to working closely with their general dentist to achieve the most ideal outcome for long-term success.
It’s also owned by Ammar Adam, a periodontist who graduated from the Case Western School of Dental Medicine in Cleveland where he was class president. He completed a general practice residency at the University of Illinois and a three-year residency at periodontics at UIC.
“I, along with my Periodontist Partners, practice all phases of periodontology and implant dentistry including extractions, bone, tissue and sinus grafting as well as placing immediate implants and performing periodontal plastic surgery to enhance our patients’ smiles,” he said. “My goal is to work as a team with restoring dentists to better our patients’ oral and general health as well as to improve upon their aesthetics. Efficient and thorough communication with all members of the dental team is an important factor in achieving this goal. I am proud that we at Endodontic and Periodontic Associates have branched out and have served the Northwest Indiana community for nearly 20 years.  And we hope to do so for many years to come.”
For more information, visit www.endoperio.com or call 219-281-3400.  
If you would like your business to be included in a future column, email joseph.pete@nwi.com.
Originally published on nwitimes.com, part of the TownNews Content Exchange.

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