Classic Cars

Drive-in theaters and seasonal restaurants in South Bend reopen for 2022 season

Burgers and ice cream were the main features of Bonnie Doon's, as seen in this 1956 photograph from the History Museum.

With the first day of spring officially behind us, seasonal restaurants and drive-ins in the South Bend area are reopening. Many seasonal businesses that are reopening are actively hiring and will likely increase their hours of operation as the warmer weather becomes more consistent.

Here is a list of what drive-ins and walk-ups open.

Bonnie Doon Drive-in

Or: 2704 Lincoln Way W., Mishawaka

Famous forincluding hand-dipped sundaes, baskets of Bonnie burgers and classic car cruises.

Opening details: The drive-in aims to open in the spring, although an exact reopening date has not been specified.

Carlson Drive-In

Or: 118 W. Coolspring Avenue, Michigan City

Famous for: Gourmet hot dogs and a special root beer recipe.

Opening details:The drive-in has reopened February 11 and its hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. CDT. Orders can also be placed online at

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Cool races

Or: 501 Center Street, Michigan City

Famous for: Jamaican cuisine and bottled homemade jerk sauce.

Opening details:The restaurant reopened on March 8, and he plans to operate his food truck in the summer. Its hours (central time) are Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.