The Effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic on the Hospitality Industry and Navarre Hospitality Group
Jan 25, 2021 12:00 PM
Kurt Janowsky - Navarre Hospitality Group
The Effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic on the Hospitality Industry and Navarre Hospitality Group

In 1981 Kurt Janowsky was graduating from Adams High School in South Bend, but he’d already been introduced to the foodservice industry. At 14 Kurt took a job as a dishwasher at a local pancake house to help support his mother and siblings. At 15 he was a cook at the popular Moonraker restaurant in downtown South Bend. At 17, after High School, Kurt became an apprentice chef at Boca West Club and Resort in Boca Raton, Florida where he developed his love for higher culinary taste. Returning to South Bend at 18, he became the executive chef at Knollwood Country Club, the youngest chef in Club Corporation's (the company that owned Knollwood) history. At 20 years old, using a credit card for a cash advance down payment, Kurt purchased his first restaurant. The Loft, a favorite upscale restaurant in downtown South Bend, was Kurt’s first business and the year was 1983. He wasn’t old enough to drink, but owned one of South Bend’s most popular restaurant and bar!

Kurt’s passion for quality food and service grew as he started a partnership with Bruce and Pat Tassell, who owned The Ice House restaurant, in 1985. It was a partnership that would last for over 30 years. Together with the Tassells, Kurt purchased The Matterhorn in 1988, opened Baxter's in Elkhart in 1989, then joined them as a partner in operating The Emporium in downtown South Bend in 1995. At a relatively young age, Kurt was all-in following his dream to create top level dining experiences.

Kurt’s vision has led to almost 20 upscale restaurants and bars in the Michiana area including a catering company and exclusive venues such as Palais Royale at Morris Civic Theatre, Crystal Ballroom at The Lerner in Elkhart, and many others. The chicy Café Navarre in downtown South Bend and AAA’s Four Diamond Award winning restaurant Artisan in downtown Elkhart are Kurt’s flagship fine dining restaurants. His reputation for quality along with superior customer service and satisfaction were all grounded in humble beginnings. It all matters to Kurt, it’s personal.

On January 25, Kurt will discuss the effects of the pandemic on the hospitality industry and address specifics of the impact on Navarre  Hospitality Group.

This will be a VIRTUAL MEETING ONLY. Join us on Crowdcast in advance to save your space, or to join the day of the meeting:

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