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RESTAURANT NOTES, A COLUMN BY CINDY LARSON

Change comes to downtown Coney Island

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 12:01 am

Wow. Don't know how I feel about this. The iconic downtown Coney Island, 131 W. Main St., is now accepting debit and credit cards.

I know many people don't carry cash these days, but stepping into Coney Island is like stepping back into time, and I like it that way.

Oh, well … as long as they don't change the food, it should be an improvement. And by the looks of Coney Island's Facebook page, it's a popular decision among the hot dog joint's Facebook friends. As of Friday night 968 people had liked the status announcing the change. And it's amazing how many of their Facebook don't even live in this state.

Hmmm, just writing about Coney Island is making me hungry.

Last summer I was going through some treatments that effectively killed my taste buds and shut down my appetite. What I did eat didn't taste right.

After eating so much bland food when I wasn't feeling well, I was astonished one day to discover my appetite had come roaring back, and so had my sense of taste.

You know what I craved? Coney dogs. We went forthwith to the downtown Coney Island, where I polished off two Coney dogs and then ordered a third. It was heavenly.

St. Patrick’s Day plans already taking shape

It's less than a month away, so not too early to make your plans for St. Patrick's Day on March 17, which is a Monday this year. J.K. O'Donnell's, 121 W. Wayne St., is hosting an all-ages party tent 4-11 p.m. on St. Patrick's Day. After 5 p.m. a $5 admission charge will get you a complimentary beverage in the tent.

Live music will start at 5 p.m. with Joyce Fry & Greg Clark, followed by Goldmine Pickers at 6:15 p.m., Soltre at 7:45 p.m., and The Mighty McGuggins at 9:15 p.m. The Fireman's Brigade Bagpipers will be there at 4 p.m. to start the festivities and will be back between the other performances.

The pub will be open for those 21 and older all day, offering drink specials.

Now closed

•A reader pointed out that with the closing of Quiznos on Coldwater Road there are no more remaining Quiznos sub shops in the city. The closest one to Fort Wayne now is at Ball State University in Muncie, in case you just must have one.

•The ill-fated Downtown Pizza at the corner of Fulton and Berry streets has closed again. A co-worker of mine spotted a moving truck being loaded with restaurant gear Friday.

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/food.