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Posted on Wed. Aug. 13, 2014 - 12:01 am EDT

Modern American fare at Black Canyon

Kenneth Davenport wants to take what you know about American fare, put a modern spin on it and give you the best version of the dish.

Take the namesake burger of Black Canyon, 1509 W. Dupont Road. The chuck comes into the restaurant whole, and it is ground on-site. Instead of a New York strip steak, the menu offers a tri-tip that is marinated, smoked and grilled.

Black Canyon opened last week in the former Oyster Bar space after nearly eight months of renovations. During the construction, walls were taken down, the ceiling was lifted and brick elements were added. Davenport also had custom booths and butcher-block tables made. There are glass partitions to break up the noise, he adds. The kitchen is open to the dining room.

“The expectation is that the guest can see the show and be a part of the show,” says Davenport, who worked at Biaggi’s for 10 years before leaving to open Black Canyon.

Other menu items include a steamed bun appetizer with seasoned pork; baby back ribs that are smoked for nine hours; and a kale and avocado salad that features raw and grilled kale.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Black Canyon does not take reservations and does not accommodate large parties.

Credit cards accepted

Downtown landmark Powers Hamburgers has a new card up its sleeve – a credit card.

The 1402 S. Harrison St. diner recently started accepting credit cards, a first since it opened in 1940. Owner Michael Hall says he has been kicking around the idea for a few years and decided to do it.

There is a $5 minimum charge required.

The reaction has been mixed, he says. But the change hasn’t affected operations – or the taste of the sliders.

Block party

The party is just getting started for Fort Wayne’s Famous Coney Island.

The downtown restaurant, 131 W. Main St., is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. After hosting a coney dog eating contest at Three Rivers Festival to celebrate its 100th anniversary, the Coney Island announced last week it is putting on a block party.

The event will be Sept. 20, and Coney Island is again partnering with Deer Park Irish Pub. The party is tentatively scheduled for 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. in front of Coney Island on Main Street. Look for more details soon.

Around town

Big Eyed Fish is launching an express location at 3001 Hillegas Road with a target opening date of Sept. 1. Check an upcoming column for more information.

Main Street Bistro, 200 E. Main St., has added to its dinner menu. New items include tempura fried cheese bites, classic sausage pizza with freshly ground sausage, lobster mac and cheese and prime rib.

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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