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Posted on Tue. May. 22, 2012 - 12:01 am EDT


Restaurant news: Food trucks starting to show up in Fort Wayne

JumBy's JoiNt, owned by Jim Garigen, is latest

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A food trend on the East and West coasts is starting to catch on here: Food trucks are starting to show up in Fort Wayne.

JumBy's JoiNt, owned by Jim “Jumby” Garigen, is the latest. His truck can be seen at events all over town, including at home TinCaps games, where he serves food before and after games, but closed down during most of the game so he doesn't compete with vendors inside the ballpark.

His truck also can be found frequently at Chase banks.

JumBy's JoiNt serves sandwiches, such as the Ugly Granny, a grilled cheese sandwich with Granny Smith apples; Chicago dogs; and Philly cheesesteak sandwiches. He makes them authentic, just like you'd find in the cities that are their namesake.

Sides include fried pickles, truffle fries and Buffalo fries (which are hand-cut, by the way). The mobile kitchen is about the size of a Fed Ex truck.

To find out where JumBy's JoiNt is, follow them on Twitter (@JumBy'sJoiNt) or like them on Facebook @JumBy'sJoiNt.

Expect to see more food trucks in Fort Wayne this summer.

New eatery in Bluffton

A landmark in Bluffton reopened Monday with a new name and new owners.

Remember the Rittenhouse Restaurant? Chuck and Sue Kristek have breathed new life into the 1902 American Revival house on Indiana 1, which is now Sassafras on Main.

The eatery serves a full menu for lunch and dinner. An adjacent 250-seat banquet hall accommodates large parties.

Chuck Kristek has managed Cheddar's, Panera Bread and El Azteca restaurants, and is a classically trained chef.

The Kristeks will do as the Rittenhouse family did, and live upstairs.

Summer parties

Dicky's Wild Hare, 2910 Maplecrest Road, begins its Thursday night events with a Summer Starter Party this Thursday. Dicky's will have a beverage-tasting every Thursday and live music on its patio. This week, Island Vibe will be performing 8-10 p.m., no cover charge.

Cooking demo

The Fresh Market's June Fresh Flavors Cooking Demonstration will be Cocoa Encrusted Steak with Merlot Butter Glaze and Strawberry Arugula Salad with Cocoa Balsamic Dressing.

It will be 3-6 p.m. June 9. Dyeaka Wilson will do the demonstration at the market, 6306 W. Jefferson Blvd.

Something happening at your eatery? Call Larson at 461-8284, fax 461-8817, e-mail or write Restaurant Notes, C/O The News-Sentinel, PO Box 102, Fort Wayne, IN 46801. This is the personal opinion of the writer and doesn't necessarily reflect the views or opinion of The N-S. To see other columns, go to

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