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Posted on Wed. Apr. 24, 2013 - 12:17 am EDT

Greek restaurant features open kitchen

Pita Village is a restaurant modeled after Leni Dodos’ childhood experience.

“Ours was the kitchen that everyone walked into, and that’s how we wanted to present the restaurant,” the owner says.

The fast casual-type, locally owned restaurant at 511 E. Dupont Road recently opened and serves traditional Greek fare, including gyros, dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), Greek meatballs and veggie pitas. They also have a “beautiful” haddock, Dodos says, and the meal has been on special on recent Fridays. It is served with french fries, cole slaw and tartar sauce for $9.99.

Everything is made in house, she says, and the food is cooked to order in the restaurant’s open kitchen.

Pita Village is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 619-3604 for more.

New downtown

Vanessa’s Café, 114 W. Columbia St., has opened. The restaurant on the Columbia Street Landing serves American diner-style fare such as omelets, club sandwiches and salads.

Manager Daniel Garces says the Mediterranean salad (grilled chicken, feta, boiled egg, olives, tomato and cucumber; $8.99) has been popular, as has the Vanessa’s Club (ham, cheese and turkey; $6.99). The restaurant also has breakfast and lunch specials, starting at $4.95 and $6.99, respectively, and a soup of the day.

Vanessa’s is open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Free delivery is available downtown; call 422-3723.

Closing for semester

It’s time for the last meal at Restaurant Moulin Rouge.

The restaurant, operated by IPFW hospitality students, will close for the semester after Tuesday night’s dinner service. The menu features appetizers, entrées, sides and desserts with a French twist. Starters include the Brie Farci En Croute (filo pastry filled with brie, apricots and pecans served with a black raspberry liqueur glaze; $4.99) and entrées include Steak Tartar for $19.95. Dessert from the trolley includes Mousse de Chocolat recette Le Notre (chocolate mousse served with candy caramelized orange; $3.99).

Hours for the restaurant, inside Holiday Inn IPFW, 4111 Paul Shaffer Drive, are 5 to 10 p.m. To make a reservation, call 482-3800.

African menu

Ivy Tech Community College culinary students are escaping to Africa with their latest themed dinner Thursday night.

The menu, created and prepared by students in the Special Cuisines class, will feature five courses and dishes such as Senegalese Peanut Soup, Lamb and Orange Kebabs and Sautéed Plantains.

The dinner, in the hospitality room of the Coliseum campus, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd., costs $20 a person, cash or check only. Wine is available at an extra cost.

Reservations are required and will be taken for times between 5 and 6:30 p.m.; call 480-2002 at least 24 hours in advance.

Around town

•Courtney’s Bakery has opened a shop in Georgetown North, 6505 E. State Blvd. Hours for the bakery’s third location are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

•Signs for Ichiban Asian Fusion, 4036 Coldwater Road, say that the restaurant is hiring servers and will open soon. The restaurant will have a hearing for its liquor license at 9:30 a.m. May 13.

The Dish features restaurant news and food events and appears Wednesdays. Fax news items to 461-8893, email or call 461-8462.

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