Here are two ideas on ways to dine out for a good cause:
•Texas Roadhouse has a way for patrons to help the three female Cleveland kidnap victims who recently were set free after a decade in captivity.
From 4 to 10 p.m. Monday, the restaurant at 710 W. Washington Center Road will donate 10 percent of its food sales to the Cleveland Courage Fund, which was established to benefit the women. Guests may also make monetary donations to the fund.
•Several servers at IHOP, 6839 W Jefferson Blvd., came up with the idea of collecting donations for the Oklahoma tornado victims. Mike Meling, director of operations for Womack Restaurants, thought it was a great idea and decided to do something at all Fort Wayne IHOPs. Now through Thursday, all Fort Wayne IHOPs will accept customer cash donations to the American Red Cross. All three IHOPs also will give a portion of the proceeds on Thursday to the American Red Cross. In addition, some servers will give a portion of their tips to the American Red Cross. The other two Fort Wayne IHOPs are at 1535 W. Washington Center Road and 4403 Coldwater Road.
Lunch on the Square
The Downtown Improvement District begins it Thursday Lunch on the Square events this Thursday, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the small park at One Summit Square at the corner of Wayne and Calhoun streets. Lunch on the Square is on Thursdays through Aug. 29 (except July 4) and features different musical entertainment every week. Bring your own lunch or get carry-out from a nearby restaurant or food truck. To see the schedule of entertainment, go to http://downtownfortwayne.com/lunch-on-the-square-2013.
Pettit Burger King reopens
The Burger King at 232 E. Pettit Ave. has reopened after being revamped with cafe-style seating; a lounge area with a TV; a new, contemporary look; a double drive-through; and an “Internet Zone” with free Wi-Fi throughout the dining room and free use of Burger King computers for those who don't have their own.
Burger King isn't just about the Whopper anymore. The restaurant offers salads, wraps, smoothies and, for a limited time, pulled pork sandwiches and sweet potato fries.
More self-serve frozen yogurt on west side
Another frozen yogurt shop has opened here. YoGo Stop opened a couple months ago at 3001 Hillegas Road, a little south of Butler Road, where the Marathon gas station is. It's the now-familiar pull, weigh and pay format, as in you pull a lever to dispense your yogurt, choose your toppings, weigh your treat and pay for it. The store has 21 flavors of yogurt and more than three dozen toppings from which to choose.
Deals on graduation cakes
It's graduation month, and Richard's Bakery, 1130 N. Wells St., will give a 10 percent discount on all graduation cakes during June. The bakery can customize cakes with a school's colors. Cupcakes also are available. Call 424-4012 for ordering information.
Cheese from Defiance farm
Joseph Decuis Emporium, 151 N. Main St., Roanoke, is now selling Canal Junction Farmstead Cheese from Defiance, Ohio. The cheese is produced on a family-owned and operated farm, where the cows are 100 percent grass-fed.
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