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RESTAURANT NOTES

Agaves opening where Vince's used to be

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 12:01 am

Let's hope the third time's the charm for the restaurant location that formerly housed Vince's in Chapel Ridge. Some may remember before that when it was Uno Chicago Grill.

Now it's going to be Fort Wayne's second Agaves Mexican Grill.

Owner Juan Carlos Leon opened the Agaves on Washington Center Road in 2007. He hopes to open the new Agaves at 10460 Maysville Road by the end of this month. It will have the same menu and the same name as the Washington Center Road location, with a full menu of Mexican dishes and a full bar -- beer, wine and liquor.

The building has been vacant since Vince's closed in 2012.

Painting with a Twist

The concept isn't new to Fort Wayne, but the franchise is. At Painting with a Twist you can explore your inner artist with friends while an instructor talks you all through creating your own individual work of art, while you sip wine or beer, soft drinks or water. The group individually paints the same painting, but with different skill levels and artistic interpretations, each painting reflects the individuality of the artist. All supplies are provided.

The grand opening is Jan. 16 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. followed by an open house at 5:30 p.m. at 6425 W. Jefferson Blvd., next to Chops restaurant.

Beer and wine is sold on-site; you must be 21 to imbibe. You can't bring your own beverages. The business also will host painting parties for children with non-alcoholic beverages, of course.

Classes are $35 for two-hour paintings and $45 for three-hour paintings. Drinks cost extra. Painting with a Twist offers public events, or you can schedule a private party.

Local Air National Guard Chief Marshall Springer started the business while being furloughed during the last government shutdown. That's what gave him and his wife, Bonnie, the incentive to open their own business.

The company started in the New Orleans area and now has 113 franchise locations. Information on the local franchise is at www.paintingwithatwist.com/fort-wayne.

Waynedale sports bar

Wings Etc. has opened a sports bar in Waynedale, specifically at 6247 Bluffton Road. The chain also has restaurants on Dupont and Maysville roads and in Huntington.

The "etc." includes burgers, other sandwiches, salads, appetizers, nachos and more. For more information including a menu go to www.wingsetc.net/locations/wings_fortwayne3.html.

Charity event at Tucanos

Tucanos Brazilian Grill in Jefferson Pointe is hosting Make it Rain, a charity night, 5-9 p.m. Jan. 14. For $25 you'll get a full Churrosco meal with lemonade and dessert.

The event benefits three local nonprofits: Community Harvest Food Bank, The Embassy Theatre Foundation and Fort Wayne Trails. The new restaurant will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from this event to the three nonprofits, but the money won't be donated evenly. Voting with determine the winning organization, which will earn 50 percent of the evening's sales. The second place winner will get 30 percent of the revenue, and the third place winner will get 20 percent of the proceeds.

Voting is now open for the competition. Now until Jan. 14, the three nonprofits will use grassroots efforts and social media outreach to mobilize their supporters to vote online or in-person. Online votes at www.tucanos.com/makeitrain count as one vote; in-restaurant picks count as two votes; and reservations to the charity celebration count as 10 votes. To reserve preferred seating call 436-4433.

Culver's

A new Culver's restaurant has opened at 6026 Stellhorn Road in Maplecrest Plaza.

Speaking of Culver's, it's probably not the first place you'd think of going if you're trying to lose weight, but the chain does have a Mindful Choices option -- basically a list of what you can eat at Culver's for under 500 calories. Go to www.culvers.com/menu/MindfulChoices.aspx to learn more.

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 news-sentinel.com/section/LARSON.