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Posted on Tue. Aug. 13, 2013 - 12:01 am EDT


Restaurant news: Phoenix restaurant ready to rise along Broadway

Will serve breakfast and lunch four days, Friday dinner, Sunday brunch.

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A new restaurant will open soon on the Broadway corridor where Sage Traders and, before that, the food co-op used to be.

Matt McCoy is putting finishing touches on The Phoenix and the Broken Yolk, 1126 Broadway. Passers-by may have noticed the courtyard, with umbrellas, patio tables and flowers spilling out of pots and boxes.

The restaurant will be open for breakfast and lunch Monday-Thursday — hence the “Broken Yolk” part of the name — and for dinner Friday nights with live musical entertainment. There will be two seatings on Fridays.

Saturday nights, the venue will be rented out for private events. Brunch will be served on Sundays. McCoy has applied for a permit to serve beer, wine and liquor.

Capacity will be 181 people. McCoy bought the building 2 1/2 years ago and has been working to restore the property. He ripped out the concrete in front of the old Sage Traders, leveled it and poured a new, stenciled concrete patio.

Chappell’s expanding

Chappell's Coral Grill, 6328 W. Jefferson Blvd., in Covington Plaza, is going to open a bar right next to its current location, where Covington Bar and Grill used to be. Stay tuned for further details.

Jersey Mike’s Subs

A new sub sandwich shop is going to open in the strip center in front of Covington Plaza. A sign says Jersey Mike's Subs is coming soon.

According to the company's website, the original store opened in 1956 on the Jersey Shore.

The menu includes cold and hot subs, wraps and kids' meals. The store also offers something called Sub in a Tub, which is basically a sub without the bread.

Caterer to open eatery

Local caterer Mike Bentz, who runs Crackerjack Catering, plans to open a restaurant called Crave where Honey on the Table used to be at 2461 Hobson Road. He's hopeful but not certain the restaurant will open in about a month.

Bentz plans to serve simple breakfasts; soups, salads and sandwiches on fresh-baked bread for lunch; and possibly a limited dinner service Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, with a Friday night grill. Saturday evenings Crave probably won't be open because Bentz is busy with his catering business on that night. He also hopes to serve beer and wine.

Farm to Fork

Joseph Decuis restaurant in Roanoke is hosting a Farm to Fork wine dinner Aug. 22 at the farm where much of the beef and produce for the restaurant is raised. The six-course dinner, matched with wines, begins at 6 p.m. at the Joseph Decuis Farm, 6755 E. 900 S., Columbia City. Cost: $150 per person, including tax and tip. Guests are invited to take a wagon ride tour of the farm, stroll the gardens or walk through the woods. Reservations are required. Call 672-1715.

Smokey Bones summer giveaway

Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill's Come-Back-For-Seconds Summertime Giveaway offers guest a chance to win from $100 to $10,000 in cash prizes, plus gift cards and discounts of up to 50 percent off meals. To be eligible, customers must bring back a scratch-off card presented to them on their initial visit. When they present the card on their next visit, the manager will scratch off the card to reveal the prize. The promotion ends Aug. 31. Smokey Bones is at 1203 Apple Glen Blvd.

Ice cream eating contest at festival

How would you like to stuff your face with ice cream as fast as you can? The Edy's Ice Cream Quick Scoop ice cream eating contest will be new this year at the Shindigz National Soccer Festival during halftime of the Indiana vs. North Carolina game Aug. 24 at the Hefner Soccer Complex at IPFW, 1807 E. California Road.

Twelve contestants will be drawn at random the day of the contest. The first person to finish all of his or her Edy's ice cream will win Edy's ice cream for a year as well as other prizes from Walgreens and Lassus Handy Dandy. Get details and register to participate at area Walgreens, Hall's Restaurants, Lassus Handy Dandy locations and Connolly's Do it Best Hardware stores. You must be at least 10 years old to participate.

Olive Oil summit

No, Popeye wasn't there. (His girlfriend actually spells her name Oyl, anyway.) But Terry and Lori Berndt were. They sell olive oil and more at The Olive Twist in Fort Wayne and Auburn. The educational summit July 27-28 in Oakland, Calif., featured speeches and seminars by olive oil experts from around the world.

The Olive Twist stores soon will schedule more in-house Olive Oil 101 classes. In addition, Lori Berndt will teach Olive Oil 101 in partnership with the IPFW Division of Continuing Studies on Nov. 5.

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Satek wines win several awards

Satek Winery in Fremont was awarded two trophies and 22 medals, including three Double Gold Medals, in the Indy International Wine Competition held recently at Purdue University in West Lafayette.

Satek received a trophy for Indiana-Grown, French-America Wine of the Year for its Larry's Luscious Dry Red, 2012, and for the Indiana-Grown, American Wine of the Year for its Steuben, 2012.

Satek also took home three Double Gold Medals for its Steuben, 2012; Larry's Luscious, 2012; and Kreibaum Bay Cabernet Reserve, 2010. A Double Gold Medal is awarded when the entire judging panel unanimously awards a wine a Gold Medal.

Satek also won 19 other medals for its wines.

Satek offers free tasting. For information, go to

Something happening at your eatery? Call Cindy Larson at 461-8284, fax 461-8817, email 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 and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinion of The News-Sentinel. To read other columns, go to LARSON.

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