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Posted on Tue. May. 27, 2014 - 12:01 am EDT


Richard's Bakery adds a different kind of pie: pizza

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Doughnuts and pizza? Why not?

The new owners of Richard's Bakery, 1130 N. Wells St., have expanded their hours and menu and changed the name. The bakery that's been around for 60 years is now Richard's Bakery & Big Apple Pizza. Owners Chad Castator and Patrick O'Sullivan started selling pizza out of Richard's on Wednesday. They sell New York-style pizza by the slice or by the pie.

The hours have changed, too. Richard's now is open 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday. By the end of June, Castator says, they hope to be open on Sundays. And they may eventually stay open later in the evening, too.

Richard's will still sell doughnuts, cookies, cakes and other baked goods. There are a few places to sit and eat inside, but pizza carryout and delivery also is an option.

Richard's grand opening will be Saturday, with a tent in the parking lot, a disc jockey and pizza for $1 a slice. Phone: 424-4012. Or find them on Facebook by searching for Richard's Bakery & Big Apple Pizza.

Coney Island contest

To celebrate its 100th anniversary, Coney Island has partnered with Deer Park Pub.

What better way to celebrate than with a Coney Island hot dog eating contest? On June 7, 100 contestants will enter the “Hot Dog Heats.” Contestants will take the stage in the beer tent at Deer Park, 1530 Leesburg Road. There will be 10 heats of 10 contestants 2-7 p.m. Each contestant will be timed eating 10 hot dogs. The 10 fastest times will move on to the final competition at the Three Rivers Festival.

There will be prizes for fastest time, best costume, messiest eater and most creative nickname. Entry into the contest is $30 plus a $2.64 fee. To purchase a ticket to enter the event go to

Contestants must be 18 or older, but the party will be in a big tent outside Deer Park, so all ages can enter the tent, but have to be 21 or older for the beer line.

Proceeds will be donated to the Jerome and Marganelle Henry Foundation for Neighborhood Health.

Coney Island is at 131 W. Main St. if you want to start practicing for the competition.

Oyster Bar craft beer dinner

The Oyster Bar, 1830 S. Calhoun St., is hosting a craft-brewed beer tasting dinner June 8. Social time begins at 4 p.m., and the first course will be served at 4:30 p.m. Chef Paul Liming is creating a special menu so the food and beer pairings will complement each other.

Cost is $67.50. Seating is limited; make reservations at 744-9490.

Free iced coffee

Today through Sunday, area McDonald's will give away 12-ounce McCafe Iced Coffee for free. Limit one per customer per visit. No purchase is necessary.

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

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