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Restaurant News: Tavern is mix of tradition, trendy

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Blu City Tavern - where Blu Tomato once was - will offer upscale entrées, kids menu.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 12:01 am
Blu Tomato recently closed, but not for long. It's reopened already as Blu City Tavern.The restaurant owned by Michael and Maureen Catalogna, who also own Catablu, has been reinvented with a nod toward the recent revival of urban taverns in places like Chicago and New York.

The menu is a mix of traditional tavern food and more trendy items. Blu City Tavern will use its wood-burning oven for roasted salmon and half-chicken entrees as well as pizzas. Other entrees include meatloaf, popover potpies, steak and seafood. The flatbread sticks and olive spread will still be available along with other appetizers.

A children's menu will be available for families.

Hours: 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Blu City Tavern is at 2787 Maplecrest Road. Phone: 486-9647.Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne's hospitality students will offer a series of dinners called “Flavors of the West Side.

The series focuses on the tastes of New York City's West Side. Think tapas and an art/food fusion.

Senior students majoring in hospitality and tourism management plan the menu and manage the restaurant every Tuesday evening beginning tonight through April 26 (except March 8). The dinners are served 5-9 p.m. Tuesdays at the IPFW-themed Mastodon Grill in the Holiday Inn next to IPFW.

The dinners are open to the public. Reservations are advised; call 482-3800. Dinners are $13 to $19. IPFW students get a 10 percent discount, and IPFW faculty members get a 15 percent discount. The menu can be viewed at http://flavorsofthewestside.weebly.com.A new Qdoba Mexican Grill is going in across from Northcrest Shopping Center on Coliseum Boulevard.O'Reilly's Irish Bar, based in Indianapolis, will be a part of The Harrison development next to Parkview Field.Arena Bar and Grill, 1567 West Dupont Road, is now open for lunch, with lunch specials 11 a.m.-2 p.m. such as a 12-inch pizza with one topping, an 8-ounce bacon-wrapped fillet and more. All items are $6.99, including soda, tea or coffee.Northeast Indiana Public Radio's NPR news and jazz station, WBOI, 89.1-FM, hosts the 11th annual Jazzfest 7-11 p.m. Friday at the Chamber of Commerce Building, 826 Ewing St. Club Soda, Purple Mountain Cheesecakes and Desserts, and Ceruti's Catering will provide food, beverages and desserts for purchase. Ten bands will play in various locations of the building.

Advance ticket sales end Thursday. Advance ticket prices are $20 adults, $15 NIPR station members and $10 students. Purchase advance tickets online at www.nipr.fm or by calling 452-1189. Tickets purchased at the door are $25.

Proceeds benefit Northeast Indiana Public Radio.If you're going to the Side Pocket Pub, 2820 Maplecrest Road in Georgetown North, don't. It closed Wednesday after being condemned by the building department, and won't reopen until a leaky roof is fixed, said Trevor Bell of the Corner Pocket Pub, 3215 St. Joe Center Road. Patrons are invited to the Corner Pocket Pub. Both pubs are owned by John Lewis.Four vendors will unveil winter porters and ales at a winter beer-tasting event 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at Deer Park Irish Pub, 1530 Leesburg Road. Admission is $5.Moosewood Smoke House, 5755 St. Joe Road, unveils a new menu Wednesday. The restaurant isn't tampering with its barbecue, but is adding things to the menu such as fish tacos, a grilled portabella burger and campfire fries, which are topped with barbecued pork, cheese and sour cream.Mitchell's Sports Bar and Grill in the Marketplace of Canterbury won't open this month as previously reported due to liquor license issues. The restaurant is expected to open April 4.If you're wondering what's going in at the old Chuck Wagon barbecue location at Hobson Road and East State — the building's currently enshrouded in plastic — it will be the home of a new Happy's Pizza restaurant.The White Dove Café in Monroeville will close March 5, but the catering business will remain open. Phone: 623-6000 or 623-2322.


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