July 29, 2008

Another Option for Fans of Cebolla’s

By Cindy Larson, The News-Sentinel, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Jul. 29--It's been a long time coming, but Don Chava's Mexican Grill is finally open at 1234 N. Wells St.

It's owned by the same people who own Cebolla's Mexican Grill, and about 40 percent of Don Chava's menu is taken from Cebolla's.

It's located where Sportsmans Neighborhood Bar used to be and has undergone extensive renovations. The restaurant, which offers a full bar, has a patio area for outside dining and also offers carryout and catering. Prices range from $6 to $7 for common items such as burritos or chimichangas, to more expensive meals for two in the $45-$50 range.

Hours are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. Phone: 423-6677.

Kids night at Bob Evans at Coventry

Quick ... there's probably still time, at least if you're reading this Tuesday afternoon or early Tuesday evening. Bob Evans at Coventry, 5785 Coventry Lane, is hosting a kids night from 6 to 8 tonight. Kids 12 and under eat for free. Just let the host or hostess know how many coupons you need at the door. In addition to free food for the kiddies, clowns, face painting and balloons will add to the fun.

Tea house celebrates

Special events are planned this week to celebrate the Peony Tea House's second anniversary. Located at 503 W. Wayne St., the eatery will celebrate with special teas, treats and gifts. Reservations are preferred, as guests will receive a special gift this week.

In August, the tea house, which is open one Saturday of the month, will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 16. Reservations are required.

On Sept. 7, the tea house will participate in the Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown event from noon to 4 p.m. And on Sept. 27, a Victorian Ladies workshop is planned. Women are asked to make reservations and wear long dresses and hats. Victorian crafts and customs will be part of the afternoon. Phone: 426-4832.

Free cooking class at Fresh Market

Drop in at Fresh Market anytime between 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday and learn how to make marinated skirt steak with Mediterranean salad. Chef CJ Tucker will lead free step-by-step presentations. The Fresh Market is at 6306 W. Jefferson Blvd. Phone: 459-9691.

Tea at author's Limberlost Cabin

A tea at the Limberlost Cabin in Geneva will honor and celebrate the birthday of Indiana's legendary female author Gene Stratton-Porter. It's scheduled for 1-3 p.m. Aug. 9 at the 14-room, 1895 rustic log cabin.

Porter wrote five novels while living in the cabin. It's located at 200 E. South St., just off Indiana 27 in Geneva, which is in Adams County. The cabin is visible from Indiana 27.

Seating for the tea is limited to 36 guests. Cost is $20 per person. Women are encouraged to wear Victorian-style hats. Specially blended teas will be served with an assortment of savories and sweets.

The Mossburg Strings will provide entertainment, and there will be a hat contest and door prizes. To reserve a seat, call 368-7428.

The tea is a fundraiser for the proposed new Limberlost Visitor Center.

Summery sweets at Waynedale

Summer's bounty is showing up in goodies at Waynedale Bakery, 2610 Lower Huntington Road. Zucchini muffins and strawberry/rhubarb muffins are $1.25 each. Fruit basket cakes, layered in banana, cherry and pineapple and iced with whipped cream frosting, are $12 for a 6-inch cake and $22 for an 8-inch cake. Phone: 747-2992.

Holiday Inn hires director/chef

Ryan Eckhert has been hired as director of Food and Beverage Service and head chef at the new Holiday Inn being built just west of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and across from Memorial Coliseum.

Eckhert formerly was banquet manager at the Fort Wayne Hilton for eight years.

Rib Room co-founder dies

One of the founders of the venerable Rib Room on East State Boulevard has passed away.

Evangelos "Von" Filippou died July 16. Born in Greece, he came to Fort Wayne in 1952 and worked as a dishwasher and busboy. In 1958 he became a U.S. citizen. He and Nick Stamenis opened Nick's Rib Bar together. It's now known as the Rib Room.

Smokey Bones cocktails are cool

Keep your cool this summer with refreshing cocktails, courtesy of Smokey Bones Barbeque & Grill.

Choose from 16-ounce pitchers of Cranberry Crush Lemonade, Berry Wave Lemonade, Log Cabin Limeade, South-of-the-Border Sweet Tea, Irish Apple, Twisted Tropical Tea, Citrus Sangria, Berry Burst Sangria and Blush Sangria.

Smokey Bones is at 1203 Apple Glen Blvd.

Something happening at your eatery? Call Cindy Larson at 461-8284, fax 461-8817, e-mail [email protected] news-sentinel.com or write Restaurant Notes, C/O The News-Sentinel, PO Box 102, Fort Wayne, IN 46801. This column is the personal opinion of the writer.


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