Opened in 1985 in Osceola by Tom Wilson Sr. and Phil Schreiber as the area's only sports bar, they had only 19 tables and 85 seats. After Phil Schreiber ran the original restaurant for 15 years, in 2000 Tommy Wilson joined the team and they opened the South Bend location. Since then, successful openings have also happened in Mishawaka, Elkhart and Granger. All of the investors and ownership are local to Michiana Between the Buns proudly employs over 300 community residents. In 2008 the Buns was getting so many requests for catering, they started up Creative Catering, a specific catering division to focus on weddings, graduations, tailgates and large parties.
The local flair and feeling can be seen the moment you walk into any of their restaurants. You'll be surrounded by memorabilia from schools of all ages from all around the area. There are jerseys on the wall and photos in the tables from various sports and teams. "We like to make it feel like their place", said Schreiber.