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RESTAURANT NOTES, A COLUMN BY CINDY LARSON

Restaurant news: Earth Fare grocery to offer local, healthy foods

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 6:31 am

OK, technically this isn't restaurant news, but it's about food and it's exciting.

Earth Fare is opening its first Fort Wayne store at 8 a.m. May 7 at 704 E. Dupont Road, where Scott's used to be. The easiest way to describe Earth Fare is that it's a grocery chain that offers healthy foods. Earth Fare has three stores in Indiana; the Fort Wayne location will be the fourth in the state. Earth Fare has stores in nine states in the South and Midwest.

Earth Fare describes its food as being “as close to the ground as it gets.” The stores do not sell foods with high-fructose corn syrup, artificial fats or artificial trans fats, artificial colors, artificial flavors, artificial preservatives, artificial sweeteners, antibiotics or synthetic growth hormones in its fresh meat and dairy, and no bleached or bromated flour. What you can expect to see is a wide variety of local, organic and healthy foods. The stores seek to buy produce from within 100 miles of the store. Departments include fruit and vegetable produce; full-service meat, poultry and seafood; cheese; body care and supplement; and an on-site bakery.

Shoppers also can buy ready-to-go meals from the grill, salad bar and prepared food case.

To learn more, go to www.Earthfare.com.

Fresh Thyme progressing

Another store that specializes in fresh, healthy, natural foods is taking shape at 4320 Coldwater Road, where Borders bookstore used to be. Fresh Thyme Farmers Market is a new chain that signed a lease on the property in January.

The company says the store will open this summer.

Like Earth Fare, Fresh Thyme's emphasis will be on fresh, healthy, natural and organic food, with the heart of the store being a bountiful produce department. The company plans to find local sources for much of its produce.

Joseph Decuis events

The restaurant at 191 N. Main St., Roanoke, has a lot going on with the weather getting warmer. Here's a partial list: Saturday, Vineyard Lunch celebrating Portugal; May 3, May Day Tea; May 9, Blue Jeans Burgers and Beer begins on Friday nights; May 11, Mother's Day lunch; and May 17, Vineyard Lunch celebrating Tuscany.

For information or reservations, call 672-1715 or go to www.josephdecuis.com.

Smokey Bones menu redo

Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill will have a visitor this week. The chain's vice president of culinary will be at the Jefferson Pointe restaurant training the staff on how to prepare a new item: beer can chicken. Smokey Bones has been working on a huge overhaul of its menu, and test menu options are available only in this market, so it might be a good time for a visit.

Two-EE's building recognized

The first time I saw Two-EE's Winery in Huntington I was intrigued by the exterior architecture. It's basically a pre-engineered metal building made by a company called Varco Pruden. A Fort Wayne-based designer-builder and general contractor gave it a unique look using stone walls.

For the company's efforts, Varco Pruden named CME to its 2014 Hall of Fame, recognizing it as the “Best” in the retail category. It was designed by Nathan Moore of CME.

Two-EE's has plans to expand its outdoor seating area and production and perhaps add a brewery.

Quaker Steak Dine to Donate

Quaker Steak & Lube, 407 Coliseum Blvd. W., is hosting some Dine to Donate events soon.

The eatery will donate 20 percent of all food sales from fliers returned on specific days to the host charity for the following dates:

•Monday: Babes out on Bikes, 5-11 p.m. (breast cancer fundraiser).

•April 30: Formula for Life, all day (provides baby formula for infants in Haiti).

Craving Coneys?

Dawson's Famous Coney Dogs, 10020 Lima Road, has closed, But a sign at that location says Coney Dog Café is coming soon.

Meanwhile Covington Coneys, 5920 Covington Road, is open and still serving hot dogs with sauce made using the late Virginia Dawson's secret recipe. For years the Dawson family ran a root beer stand at 3915 S. Anthony Blvd.

Covington Coneys owner Woodie Klepfer says he uses Mrs. Dawson's famous Coney sauce on his dogs. The phone number for Covington Coneys is 459-DOGS (459-3647).

Dog 'n Suds closed, for sale

Interested in buying the Dog 'n Suds at 6111 Lima Road?

It's closed and available for sale or lease.

Call BND Commercial at 407-0900 for more information. Sale price is listed at $695,000; lease price is $5,000 a month.

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/food.