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RESTAURANT NOTES, A COLUMN BY CINDY LARSON

Restaurant Notes: Martini lounge will open soon downtown

Also new: Mexican and Asian eateries on north side.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 12:01 am

A tony new downtown bar and eatery will open to the public Sept. 26.

Main Street Bistro and Martini Lounge is at 200 E. Main St., where L'Asiatique and Park Place Grill used to be.

The eatery promotes itself as “Fort Wayne's Premier Martini Lounge.” It also will offer more than 100 types of wine and a tapas menu.

It will provide free valet parking.

Hours: 11 a.m.-close Monday-Saturday. Phone: 420-8633. Website: www.mainstmartinilounge.com.

New Mexican eatery

Sporting a new facade, Mi Parilla has opened at 3422 N. Clinton St., replacing another Mexican restaurant, El Burrito Colonial. The eatery was closed for a couple of months for remodeling.

Mi Parilla serves Mexican food, and you can wash it down with beer if you're 21 or older. Hours: 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. seven days a week.

Asian cuisine and bubble tea

Paper Lantern, featuring Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine, has opened at 4610 Coldwater Road, just north of Coliseum Boulevard.

In addition to Vietnamese and Chinese dishes Paper Lantern serves boba tea (aka bubble tea), made with real fruit. Some examples: Thai Iced Tea, Taro Bubble Milk Tea and Bubble Milk Tea.

Check out Paper Lantern's food and drink menu at www.paperlanterncuisine.com.

The website says the eatery offers happy-hour specials (dine-in only) 2-4:30 p.m. every day with 25 percent off all food items and $1 off bubble tea or smoothies. Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday and noon-8 p.m. Sunday. Phone: 471-4990.

German night at Acme Bar

The Acme Bar and Grill, 1105 E. State Blvd., is bringing back German nights on Thursdays beginning Sept. 26 through the end of October.

Farmers markets closing

Ft. Wayne's Farmers Market satellite locations are winding down for the season.

Parkview North, Georgetown Square, Barr Street and Jefferson Pointe are done for the year. The market Wednesdays at One Summit Square ends Sept. 25 and the one at Schnelker Park in New Haven ends Oct. 16.

The Winter Market at Parkview Field in the Lincoln Financial Event Center opens Oct. 5. It will be 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on the first and third Saturdays of each month, October through May.

Winery wins awards

Eric Harris, owner and winemaker of Two-EE's Winery in Huntington, won multiple medals as well as the Rising Star winemaker award at the International Wine Channel TV Awards recently. More than 850 wines representing eight countries and 18 states were entered in the competition, which was judged in Santa Rosa, Calif.

The Rising Star Winemaker award is given to an international winemaker under 35 years old who “shows exceptional talent and great promise for the future of wine.”

Something happening at your eatery? Call Cindy Larson at 461-8284, fax 461-8817, email 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.