Easter is this Sunday; here are a few options for dining out:
•The Mastodon Grill at the Holiday Inn IPFW is serving an Easter buffet with seating times from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. There will be two carving stations, for beef and ham. Eggs, Belgian waffles, fresh fruit, smoked salmon, salads, potatoes, rice, vegetables, chicken piccata, grilled salmon, pies, cakes, cheesecake, Easter cookies and brownies will be on the buffet. The Easter Bunny will pay a visit.
Cost: $29, adults; $25, seniors; $15, ages 5-12; and free, ages 4 and younger. For reservations, call 482-3800.
•Hibachi Grill Supreme Buffet, 5507 Coldwater Road, will be open 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Easter Sunday.
•The Lucky Moose, 622 E. Dupont Road, will serve a buffet 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Easter Sunday, featuring royal red shrimp, omelets, potatoes, crepes, bacon, sausage, ham, ribs, salmon, catfish, tilapia, pulled pork, salad bar and chocolate cake. Cost: $12.95 for adults. There is a sliding scale for children, starting at half-price for ages 10 and younger.
The restaurant will only be open those hours on Easter. The regular menu will be available.
•Red River Steakhouse and Hotel Fort Wayne (formerly the Marriott), 305 E. Washington Center Road, are hosting an Easter Buffet in the Marquis Ballroom, complete with live entertainment, the Easter Bunny and ice sculptures. There will prime rib, leg of lamb, ham, an omelet station, salads, breads, shrimp cocktail, smoked salmon, tilapia, chicken Kiev, asparagus, gratina cheddar potatoes, desserts and more. The buffet will be served 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $35, ages 13 and up; $30, seniors; $17, ages 5-12; and free, age 4 and younger. Call 484-0411, Ext. 310, for reservations.
New cabaret, eatery
Tycoon's Cabaret and Grill is opening at 2650 Coliseum Blvd. S. The hours will be 7 a.m.-2 a.m. seven days a week. The menu will feature Southern soul food as well as traditional breakfast dishes and some unusual appetizers, such as alligator nuggets and frog legs.
Owner Terrance Hurd says there will be live entertainment once every three weeks. The grand opening will be Saturday with singer Chico DeBarge. Ty Causey opens the show. Doors open at 9 p.m. For tickets, call 498-7212.
Free ice cream cones
This is no April Fool's joke. On Monday, April 1, participating Fort Wayne Dairy Queen restaurants will host a Free Cone Day. For every cone served on Free Cone Day, Dairy Queen guests are invited to make a donation to Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, Indiana's only Children's Miracle Network Hospitals partner.
The organization Children's Miracle Network Hospitals has a goal of helping as many children as possible by raising funds for children's hospitals. Dairy Queen collectively is one of the top 10 contributors to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
A list of area Dairy Queen stores that are participating follows:
In Fort Wayne:
*2902 Parnell Ave.
*1818 N. Coliseum Blvd.
*501 Lower Huntington Road
*7103 W. Jefferson Blvd.
*6207 Plantation Lane
*10390 Leo Road
*7403 Maplecrest Road
*8037 Coldwater Road
*10207 Illinois Road
*10180 Maysville Road
In the area
*416 S. Orange St., Albion
*1018 W. 7th St., Auburn
*960 N Main St., Bluffton
*409 N Main St., Columbia City
*236 N. 13th St., Decatur
*830 W. North St., Kendallville
*615 Annette Drive, Markle
*309 Indiana 13 N., North Manchester
*1015 N. Cass St., Wabash
Wine and Canvas
Wine and Canvas has a new, permanent home in Covington Plaza, opening April 5. The business conducts painting classes that in have been held at restaurants. With the permanent studio, Wine and Canvas can still hold classes at restaurants or in homes, but it also has a place for weekend classes.
Participants pay $35 (drinks are extra) and are provided with brushes, canvas, paints and a local artist to provide step-by-step instructions. Attendees all paint the same image, while sipping their favorite beverage, and then take home their 16-inch-by-20-inch painting.
For more information go to www.wineandcanvas.com or call Deb at 444-9441. Deb and Jeff Baxter are the owners.
The next Dishcrawl Fort Wayne event will be vegetarian and will begin at 7 p.m. April 9. The group will meet at a yet-to-be-named restaurant, will sample food there and move on to three other restaurants. Ticket holders will be notified of the meeting location via email 48 hours before the event.
The cost is $45. Sign up and pay at www.dishcrawl.com/fortwayne.
Startup brewing company
Scott Fergusson, dean of the Ketner School of Business at Trine University, plans to produce ale cider in Angola and to distribute it throughout North America.
The Angola City Council recently approved a tax abatement for Chapman Brewing Company, which is named in recognition of local folk hero John Chapman aka Johnny Appleseed.
Fergusson, who created a successful financial information technology firm in Fort Wayne before joining Trine, developed the idea while introducing entrepreneurship as a fundamental skill for all graduates of the School of Business.
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