Steuben Co. hopes to cash in on World Series craze

This graphic was posted by the Steuben County Tourism Office highlighting the area's convenient location for traveling fans.

STEUBEN CO. (WANE) Fans traveling back and forth from Chicago to Cleveland for the World Series will likely pass right through northeast Indiana and Steuben County’s tourism office is hoping to cash in on all the craze.

“We thought we could capitalize on this and provide a service to the game goers that we have things here,” Executive Director June Julien said. “You can stop here spend the night and eat.”

Julien took to social media to get the word out about the hidden gems fans will find halfway to the games.

“We just decided to do a social media push because it could be implemented quickly.”

Dozens of people are posting about the halfway hits like Italian restaurant Caruso’s.

“We’re midway,” Caruso’s owner Liat Peters said. “They could stop for lunch or for dinner. We’ll have the TVs on. We’ll be cooking so stop in and see us.”

The locally owned restaurant is a popular choice for people passing through the area.

“Whether it’s up or down I 69 for Michigan State games in Lansing and with Notre Dame obviously in South Bend, so there is a lot of traveling for those games and the location to the toll road we’re one exit south and we’ve seen a lot of traffic from those home games,” Dan Caruso: said.

Other businesses are hoping fans will pull off the interstate and stay overnight.

“We’re just hoping to show everyone from Cleveland to Chicago all that we have to offer here at the Potawatomi Inn and Pokagon State Park,” Potawatomi Inn manager Emily Sattison said.

Whether you’re an Indians or Cubs fan, Pokagon is opening it’s Inn for everyone.

“We have a full-service restaurant so they can stay and eat in the morning and be back on the road,” Sattison said.