Sorin's and Rohr's: the best-kept secrets in South Bend dining?

Author: South Bend Tribune

Posted: Thursday, January 28, 2016 5:00 am | Updated: 5:50 pm, Thu Jan 28, 2016.
By Jeff Harrell South Bend Tribune

It’s not as if the Morris Inn is hidden.

Nestled at the edge of the University of Notre Dame on Notre Dame Avenue and a few football fields away from the Golden Dome itself, the school’s official hotel houses Sorin’s, a fine-dining restaurant, and Rohr’s, the bar tended by the legendary Murf where luminaries, sports fans and students all kick back together over beers, drinks, burgers, wings, wood-fired pizza and everything Fighting Irish.

What’s the big mystery? Why do Sorin’s and Rohr’s seem to be the best-kept secrets in South Bend, as covert as the walking tunnel underneath Notre Dame Avenue that connects the Morris Inn with other buildings on campus?

“That, I hear, alarmingly, too much in this town,” Joe Kurth, managing director of the Morris Inn, says of the clandestine nature that surrounds one of South Bend’s coolest wining and dining spots. “It is that thing of, ‘I had no idea,’ but then once people are in, it becomes a pretty easy repeat sell.”

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