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RESTAURANT NOTES

Restaurant news: Ideas on where to take Mom on Mother's Day

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 12:01 am

Looking for ideas on where to take Mom for Mother's Day? We can help:

•The Oyster Bar, 1830 S. Calhoun St., is hosting a Mother's Day brunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Brunch items and Oyster Bar favorites will be served, as well as complimentary mimosas. Reservations are suggested. Phone: 744-9490.

•The Courtyard by Marriott Downtown, 1150 S. Harrison St., is serving a Mother's Day brunch Sunday with the following seating times: 10:30, 11 and 11:30 a.m.; and 12:30, 1 and 1:30 p.m. Brunch includes fresh fruit, breakfast pastries, lox and bagels, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, an omelet station, salad bar, mashed potatoes, prime rib, ham, chicken, tilapia, desserts and more. Complimentary mimosas will be served to mothers. Cost: $29.95 adults; $12.95 ages 5-12; and free under 5. Call 490-3629 for reservations.

•Lighted Gardens, 10794 N. Indiana 1, Ossian, is hosting a Mother's Day brunch 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday, featuring six buffet stations. There will be an appetizer bar, soup and salad buffet, pasta bar, carving station, hot brunch buffet and dessert buffet. Cost: $19.95 adults; $17.95 60 and older; $6.95 ages 3-10. Reservations are suggested; call 622-4023.

•The Lucky Moose, 622 E. Dupont Road, will serve a buffet 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, featuring royal red shrimp, omelets, potatoes, crepes, bacon, sausage, ham, ribs, salmon, catfish, tilapia, pulled pork, salad bar and chocolate cake. Cost: $13.13.

•Richard's Bakery, 1130 N. Wells St., will sell hand-decorated, made-to-order floral Mother's Day cakes as well as “Mom's” fresh-baked homemade pies this Mother's Day. Hours: 6 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Phone: 424-4012.

•Yum Yums Yogurt U Make, 10454 Maysville Road, in Chapel Ridge, is offering all mothers 20 percent off their purchase on Mother's Day plus a $5 “Happy Mother's Day” coupon to use for a future visit. Also, there will be a drawing for a special Mother's Day basket worth $100. The winner will be announced Monday.

•SpoonZ Fro Yo, 1034 Thomas Road, next to Target, invites everyone to bring their mom in on Sunday and her cup of frozen yogurt will be 50 percent off.

•If you're looking for Mother's Day gifts, don't forget DeBrand Fine Chocolates. The 2013 Mother's Day Tower includes a 12-piece Truffle Collection, a 14-piece Classic Collection, three Tasting Bars, a Hot Chocolate on a Spoon and a Mother's Day Chocolate Thoughts Bar, all for $86.

For additional Mother's Day ideas, go to www.debrand.com or to one of the local stores at 10105 Auburn Park Drive, Jefferson Pointe shopping center or 5608 Coldwater Road.

New Greek eatery

Opa! That's how you'll be greeted when you walk in the door at Pita Village, 511 E. Dupont Road. The restaurant owned by Leni Dodos opened March 25, serving homemade Greek food: gyros, pitas, souvlaki, spanakopita, mousaka, Greek salad, baklava and more.

The locally owned business is “always something I wanted to do,” said Dodos, who has a picture of her mom, Lecha Dodos, up by the cash register. “She's been my inspiration,” she said.

Leni Dodos' sister and brother-in-law, Victoria and George Naselaris, help out in the kitchen. Service is fast casual; you place your order at the counter and can get your food for dining-in or carry-out. Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Phone: 619-3604.

Pembroke news

Angie Quinn and Steve Nagy are opening a second site, Pembroke Espress, at 127 E. Berry St. in the lobby of Star Bank. It will be open 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday serving organic and vegan pastries, sandwiches and salads, and gluten-free options. It also will be open on Saturdays during the Three Rivers Festival and other events.

Pembroke Bakery & Café, 300 E. Main St., in the Auer Center for Arts and Culture, also has some news. The café will open at 7 a.m. Monday-Friday starting next Monday and will add house-made bagel sandwiches, new Danishes, organic oatmeal and more to its breakfast offerings. The café is open until 9 p.m. Monday-Friday. Saturday hours are 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday hours are noon-5 p.m.

Monday through May 18 the café will offer several Japanese-style soups, noodle bowls and other treats as daily specials in anticipation of the Cherry Blossom Festival on May 19 at the Allen County Public Library.

Winery expands

Country Heritage Winery and Vineyard, just north of Fort Wayne, celebrated a new addition and two years in operation Friday. The winery is at 185 County Road 68, LaOtto.

Country Heritage is owned by Jeremy and Jennifer Lutter. The winery is on a farm that has been in the family for more than 100 years. Country Heritage grows grapes on about 25 acres and produces and sells many styles of wine from the driest of reds to the sweetest dessert wines.

Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Phone: 637-2980.

Something happening at your eatery? Call Cindy Larson at 461-8284, fax 461-8817, e-mail clarson@news-sentinel.com 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 www.news-sentinel.com/section/LARSON.