October 2, 2013 -

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- More than a dozen new businesses are either open or will be opening in downtown South Bend.

Restaurants, an art gallery, a fitness center and even a whiskey bar are among the establishments.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg says the diverse businesses will add fuel to South Bend's comeback.

These new businesses will bring more than 100 new jobs to the area.

Many people have confidence in South Bend's future which is why some entrepreneurs have decided to invest with the hope that their new businesses will be the next big thing.

Established in 2013 is not a sign you see everyday.

The owner of the LaSalle Grill has opened up LaSalle Kitchen and Tavern on the third floor above his existing restaurant.

He says it's a casual, "gastropub" that offers a menu with a broad price range.

Mark McDonnell says, "We hope to draw more people downtown, you know, get them off of Grape Road and Main Street where all the chains are in Mishawaka and bring them over to downtown South Bend."

Larry Katz wants to open up a franchise of Yummy Cupcakes which will offer 400 varieties including vegan as well as gluten and sugar-free.

He hopes to take over the South Bend Police Sub-Station space once it closes.

He's worked in the restaurant industry in South Bend for decades and appreciates how all of the small businesses work together to help one another.

Katz says, "The future of development of condos and apartments. There's a lot going on here in the next few years and I want to be a part of it."

People who live, work and visit South Bend are excited to have more options in the downtown area.

Karen Grove works downtown and she says, "At lunch time when we when a lot of the people go out for lunch they like to go to these new places and find different places to try."

Realistically some businesses will fail.

It's happened in downtown South Bend before and it will likely happen again but the entrepreneurs aren't going to let that ruin their dreams.

McDonnell says, "Restaurants do close downtown. you have to really work your business hard all the time. you can't let up. you're only as good as your last meal."

Katz hopes to have Yummy Cupcakes up and running by the end of the year or Valentine's Day at the absolute latest.

Downtown South Bend says the new businesses are generating almost two million dollars in private investment that's going into renovating existing spaces.

All of the 13 businesses that are already opened are locally owned and operated.