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Restaurant notes: Gastropub has plans to move in

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A Toledo, Ohio-based gastropub has set its sights on Fort Wayne.

Bar 145 began franchising in July 2012 and currently has three locations in Ohio, in Toledo, Columbus and Kent. The company has a location picked out in Fort Wayne. Jeremy Fitzgerald, one of the three founders, will sign a lease in the next few days. As of right now it will be corporate-owned, but they are hoping to find a franchisee in Fort Wayne.

The company plans to open at least four more locations this year.

When it opened in May 2011, Bar 145 became Toledo's first gastropub. What is a gastropub, you ask? According to Bar 145's website, www.bar145toledo.com, a gastropub is a “term for a pub which specializes in high-quality food a step above the traditional grub pub. Gastropubs have an atmosphere which is relaxed and focused on offering a particular cuisine prepared as well as the best restaurants.”

Most gastropubs also are known for their selection of craft beers, but Bar 145 restaurants spotlight bourbon in more than 20 varieties.

Instead of typical bar food such as nachos and chicken wings, Bar 145 offers tempura-battered green beans, sliced pretzel bread with organic gouda sauce and “Stack Your Own” burgers. The company also wants its restaurants, including the franchised locations, to use fresh local farmers' produce whenever possible.

The eatery will offer live entertainment six nights a week.

As for the most asked question about the restaurants – the origins of the name – here's what Bar 145's website says about it: “It is actually the temperature of a perfectly cooked medium rare burger. The warm pink center and slightly crispy outside provide an amazing contrast that we can't resist, and you shouldn't mess with.”

Stay tuned for more information on Bar 145, including location and approximate opening date. The above-referenced website has information on franchising, in case you are interested.

African dinner

Students in the Special Cuisines class at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast will prepare and serve an African dinner Thursday.

The a la carte dinner will include soups, salads, sides, entrees and desserts, including:

•Mini shrimp phyllo purses — shrimp and bean noodles sauteed in African spices and served in Chermoula sauce, which typically contains olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and cilantro.

•Mussel soup — mussels in an herbed, white wine tomato broth.

•Wilted green salad — seasonal baby greens wilted with a warm sherry vinaigrette.

•Bobotie — an African-style meatloaf with spicy potato noodles and spiced carrots.

•M'Hanncha — orange and almond paste rolled in phyllo dough.

Reservations, which are required, are taken for times between 5 and 6:30 p.m. To make reservations, call the Special Cuisines line at 480-2002. Dinners are served in the Hospitality Room on the Coliseum campus, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd., and run $20, cash or check only. Wine is available for an additional cost.

Mandarin closing

A longstanding restaurant in Maplecrest Plaza is closing.

The Mandarin, 5978 Stellhorn Road, is closing April 20. The restaurant has been there 30 years.

Owner Scott Whiteman said the combination of a poorly recovering economy, an increase in rent, a struggling shopping center and so many snow days are mostly to blame for the closing. When Ravenscroft Beauty College moved out, that dealt the restaurant another blow. Whiteman would like to thank Fort Wayne for its business.

If you want one last meal at The Mandarin, it will be open the following days until April 12: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday for lunch, 4:30-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday for dinner, and 4:30-9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday for dinner. Phone: 485-9175. From now until the restaurant closes it will offer a special of two dinners for $16.99

Albright’s to open second store

Albright's Meats & Deli is opening a second store this spring at 2820 Maplecrest Road, next to Umber's Do it Best Hardware. Albright's will sell fresh meat, handmade sausage, smoked meats and deli dishes from both locations. The current location is at 4924 S. Calhoun St. The phone number for the new location, which is supposed to open in a couple of weeks, is 485-0003. The hours will be 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and closed Sundays.

Tea house moving

The Fire House Tea & Coffee Cafe, 1245 E. State Blvd., is closed. According to its website, it is moving to 2322 Hobson Road.

Congratulations to Mad Anthony

One of Mad Anthony Brewing Company's beers has been recognized. Its Harry Baals Irish Stout, named after a former mayor of Fort Wayne, was included on the virtual GeoMetrx St. Patrick's Day National MicroBrew Pub Crawl, which features some of the best Irish beers available at microbreweries across the nation. At the website, http://geometrx.com/pub-crawl, the Harry Baals Irish Stout also earned the distinction of having one of the Top 5 Irish Beer Names (no surprise there) and being one of the Top 5 Best Tasting Irish Beers, based on ratings at Ratebeer.com. Mad Anthony is at 2002 Broadway.

Beer dinner at Joseph Decuis

Joseph Decuis is hosting its first beer dinner in collaboration with Dogfish Head Brewery, based in Delaware. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. March 27 at Joseph Decuis, 191 N. Main St., Roanoke. Cost is $65 per person plus tax and gratuity. The event is limited to 40 seats. To reserve a seat, call 672-1715.

Chef places second

Byron Health Center Director of Culinary and Nutritional Services Lawrence E. Davis placed second overall in the Cook-off Competition at The Art Institute of Indianapolis recently.

clarson@news-sentinel.com


Something happening at your eatery? Call Cindy Larson at 461-8284, fax 461-8817, email clarson @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 and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinion of The News-Sentinel. To read other columns, go to www.news-sentinel.com /section/food.


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