Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Little Zagreb, Where Steak Was Invented!

Longly sent this to me today. If you didn't go to school at IU, you don't what you are missing. Words cannot express the loss I suffered when reading this. I just hope future carnivourous generations of people will get to experience the same steak that I experienced in my life.

Owner of Janko's Little Zagreb steakhouse dies in house fire
SPENCER, Ind. - John Pouch, the owner of Janko's Little Zagreb restaurant in
Bloomington, was found dead inside his rural Owen County home following a
fire, friends said.
Pouch, 62, told friends Sunday that he was preparing to fix dinner and drink
some wine, said Mark Conlin, the manager of the popular steakhouse.
"He said, 'See you tomorrow' before we hung up, and tomorrow never came,"
Conlin said.
Three hours later, Pouch was found dead just inside the doorway of his home
by firefighters.
An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday. The cause of the fire had not been
The restaurant was closed Monday, but was scheduled to reopen Tuesday. "Tell
people we aren't going anywhere," Conlin said.
Pouch's brother opened the restaurant in the early 1970s, Conlin said. Pouch
took it over a few years later and turned it into a steakhouse.
"Their heritage is Yugoslavian, and Janko means "little John," which is what
they called him," Conlin said. "At first it was a place for sports fans to
come, and the steaks seemed to go over very well, and it blossomed and
became an institution in Bloomington."
Janko's was a familiar place for many Indiana University athletes, said
Harold Mauro, the university's director of football operations.
"He was a good man, and a good supporter of IU athletics. He'll be very much
missed," Mauro said.

Now don't get me wrong here, but I guarentee that fire was started by one of those steaks! Pouch You will be missed as will your steak!


Blogger Ex-Addict said...

How sad that what made him famous ended up killing him. BTW, Ben (from my blog) took a recruiting trip to IU & had an offer to play there. Smartly, he turned it down. Their biggest recruiting tool was the basketball team. Not so good when you are trying to recruit football players.

February 22, 2006 8:02 AM  
Blogger Stickler said...

I'm sure now, he is wishing he could play there! Coach Hep(football Coach) is amazing and inspirational. I got to hear him speak at half time while I was there 2 weeks ago(wow was it really that long ago?) he motivated me and I don't even go there anymore!

February 22, 2006 11:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the steaks aren't going anywhere or are any of his long time employees and customers. this town lost more than a man bigger than Bobby Knight and will br sadly missed everyday

March 14, 2006 6:08 PM  

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