Here's our annual list of restaurants that will be open on Christmas Day:
•Hibachi Grill Supreme Buffet, 5507 Coldwater Road in Coldwater Crossing, will be open 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Christmas and New Year's Day. Phone: 484-8899.
•Wu's Fine Chinese Cuisine, 4411 Coldwater Road, will be open 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Christmas and New Year's Day. Phone: 483-0899.
•Golden Corral, 10510 Maysville Road, will be open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Christmas Day and 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. New Year's Day. Phone: 492-0245.
•IHOP restaurants in Fort Wayne will be open as follows: 4403 Coldwater Road, 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day; 6839 W. Jefferson Blvd., 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day; and 1535 W. Washington Center Road, which is usually open 24 hours daily, will be open until 3 p.m. Christmas Eve and will be open 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Christmas Day.
•Both Great Wall restaurants, at 3824 W. Jefferson Blvd. in Parkwest Plaza (phone: 432-8258) and at 10264 Coldwater Road in Pine Valley shopping center (497-8889), will be open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Christmas Day.
•China Palace, 5810 Bluffton Road, will be open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Christmas Day. Phone: 747-0370.
•House of Hunan, 5626 Coldwater Road, will be open 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Christmas Day, although the restaurant may close earlier if there is no business. Phone: 482-9402.
•Yen Ching, 6410 W. Jefferson Blvd., in Covington Plaza, will be open 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. for lunch and 4:30-9 p.m. for dinner Christmas Day. The restaurant will not be serving lunch specials that day. Phone: 436-7788.
•Asakusa Japanese Restaurant, 6224 Lima Road, will be open 4:30-8:50 p.m. Christmas Day. Phone: 490-6888.
If you are cooking or contributing to a Christmas meal, you don't have to make everything from scratch. The Fresh Market, 6306 W. Jefferson Blvd. has a selection of meats including a turkducken, a boneless duck breast stuffed inside a boneless chicken breast stuffed inside a boneless turkey breast. The market also sells ready-to-serve sides, hors d'oeuvres and desserts. To reserve a meal, go to www.thefreshmarket.com/inspirations/holiday through Friday or in store through Sunday. Pre-order a traditional or deluxe holiday dinner and pick it up at the store.
Richard's Bakery, 1130 N. Wells St., will be open until 1 p.m. Christmas Eve. The bakery sells holiday sweets, cookies, pies and specialty breads. Call 424-4012 to place an order.
New Year's Eve for wimps
The Lucky Moose, 622 E. Dupont Road, has a longstanding tradition of hosting a New Year's Eve for Wimps event — it gets its name because the festivities end at 10 p.m. Dec. 31.
You better not have a wimpy stomach, because the $19.95 buffet includes royal red shrimp, salmon, catfish, tilapia, ribs, pecan chicken, pulled pork, prime rib, sides, salad bar, chocolate cake, dessert crepes and savory crepes. Wash it down with a free champagne toast at 10 p.m., and you can make it home in time to watch the ball drop on TV. Reservations are recommended: 490-5765.
Also, if you buy a Lucky Moose gift certificate for $25, you'll get a bonus gift certificate for $7.77. Why $7.77 we asked? Because sevens are lucky, owner Mark Melchi said.
If you're craving falafel, a gyro or a shish kebab and more, you can find it at Ehab International Subhouse in a gas station at the corner of West Jefferson Boulevard and Clay Street. The exact address is 509 E. Jefferson Blvd., where Ehab Abdo serves sandwiches and wraps, some with a Mediterranean influence, such as a falafel wrap, a chicken gyro or a Greek pizza. He also serves American fare, such as hamburgers, Philly steak sandwiches and Buffalo wings. The sandwiches are in the $3 to $4.50 range. Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Dial 424-5385 to call in your order ahead of time.
The Venice, 2242 Goshen Road, is offering a Christmas pizza special that runs through January: one, two or three-topping 14-inch pizzas for $10. The Venice delivers. Call 482-1618.
Have family coming into town and don't know how to entertain them? Take them on a tour of DeBrand Fine Chocolates 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 26-29 at 10105 Auburn Park Drive. No reservations are needed. Tours are $5 per person, with a $5 rebate off a purchase of $10 or more.
Recently, Smokey Bones launched a Virtual Tip Jar Facebook contest in honor of Bartender Appreciation Day (which was Dec. 8). For every “like” the tip jar post got, 25 cents was tossed in, and fans were asked to name their favorite Smokey Bones bartenders. The bartender with the most comments would get the tip.
Amy Bechtel, a bartender at the local Smokey Bones, 1203 Apple Glen Blvd., tied for the win with a bartender from Florida. They each got $250.
Wendy's comes and goes
The Wendy's on West Jefferson Boulevard has closed, but a new Wendy's has opened just a little to the west, at 1702 Apple Glen Blvd.
Winery is coming right along
I've been following the progress of TWO-EE's Winery on social media. You may have seen the vineyards or the building under construction on U.S. 24. between Fort Wayne and Huntington. The address is 6808 N. U.S. 24 E. The winery will house a 2,000-square-foot tasting room and production facility. TWO-EE's also has a 2-acre vineyard. The name is derived from the first initial of proprietors Eric Harris and Emily Hart.
Chef Dyeaka Wilson will demonstrate how to prepare blueberry compote over brie and pork tenderloin with parsnip-bacon hash in conjunction with the launch of the “Cooking in Season with The Fresh Market” cookbook 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Fresh Market, 6306 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Fresh Market sells local product
The Fresh Market, 6306 W. Jefferson Blvd., is selling products by Average Joe Artisan Bread (AJAB), based in Roanoke. The AJAB Cook's Edition Bread Kit, $28.99, provides a low-cost way to learn how to bake artisan bread at home. It includes ingredients for three loaves, baker's tools and a cookbook. The market also sells the AJAB Refill Edition, $11.99, which includes ingredients for three more loaves.
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