UPDATED: Restaurant Notes: Metro Diner bringing comfort food to Fort Wayne; Two EE’s building amphitheater, and more

Work continues Saturday on the amphitheater at Two-EE's Winery, 6808 U.S. 24, Huntington. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Construction, seen from inside Two-EE's Winery, 6808 U.S. 24, Huntington, takes place Saturday to create an amphitheater. Co-owner Eric Harris says the work should be done by next summer's concert series and will include a spot for food trucks. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of The News-Sentinel)
A new Arby's, left, and Starbucks, right, are going into Chapel Ridge Shopping Center on Maysville Road. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Papa John's, 5440 Coldwater Road, plans to move north into the former House of Hunan, then Hunan Express, site at 5626 Coldwater Road. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with more information about Metro Diner.

Metro Diner looks to be entering the Fort Wayne market with a location planned for Coldwater Road.

This would be the seventh site for the restaurant, which has five locations in the Indianapolis market and one in Louisville, according to Crafton Bryant IV, director of marketing. It plans to open the Fort Wayne restaurant around the second week of April in the former Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon spot at 5525 Coldwater Road in Coldwater Crossing.

had its Meatloaf Plate, Pittsburgh Steak Salad (“prime rib, french fries, homemade blue cheese dressing, and cool, crisp lettuce”), and Yo Hala on the Square (challah bread with bananas, cream cheese and berry compote) featured on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”

Known for “Where the locals eat,” “comfort food with flare” and “where the portions are big, but the egos are small,” the business started in 1992 when a Jacksonville, Fla., historic business was renamed Metro Diner, according to its website. It’s advertising Fort Wayne breakfast, lunch and dinner hours of 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday to prospective employees.

Its Fried Chicken and Waffle comes with strawberry butter, and you can add jalapenos, bacon and other ingredients to your hash browns or home fries. Lunch includes meatloaf, fried chicken and pot roast among its comfort foods along with the Charleston Shrimp & Grits, which has “two fried grit cakes infused with cheese, roasted red peppers and Andouille sausage. Topped with shrimp, sausage, onions and peppers in a shrimp sauce. Garnished with chopped bacon and green onions.”

TWO-EE’s BUILDING AMPHITHEATER

Two-EE’s Winery is making the earth move, adding amphitheater seating for about 500 people outside its building at 6808 U.S. 24, Huntington.

Eric Harris, who along with his wife, Emily, make up the two E’s in the name, said, “This is the first phase of a larger plan to grow our space alongside the demand for not only our events, but also our product. Strategic planning is in place to add more production as well as event rental space.”

The work involves adding a food truck pad and a row of vines in the back with string lights stretched overhead. The vineyard is being relocated.

“We expect it will make our venue more appropriate for the events we host, including Uncorked music nights and our fireworks displays,” Harris said in an email.

He expects the work to be finished before next summer’s concerts.

The winery is currently serving an English-style hopped cider among its offerings. The dry cider is made with Washington apples and Calypso hops. It’s $7 a glass, but hopes are to eventually offer it in growlers.

HOUSE OF HUNAN SPOT GETS PIZZA MAKEOVER

House of Hunan, 5626 Coldwater Road, which got closed by the health department then reopened last spring as an express concept, is gone. It’s being rebuilt as a home for the Papa John’s pizza eatery currently a few spots south of there at 5440 Coldwater Road, an employee confirmed. We’ll bring you more details on the move when we get them.

THIS LITTLE PIGGY TURNS 30

Ziffles Rib Bar, 6340 E. State Blvd., celebrated its 30th anniversary Monday. The barbecue restaurant also has a Ziffles Zip N Go food truck to serve the “Boss Hog” of pork-topped fries with slaw smother in barbecue sauce inside a cheddar jalapeño wrap for $10. See www.ziffleszipngo.com for upcoming locations or www.zifflesribbar.com for the restaurant.

NEW ARBY’S, STARBUCKS ON MAYSVILLE

An Arby’s and Starbucks are going in side by side along Maysville Road at Chapel Ridge Shopping Center. Construction is under way by Lengacher Brothers Construction near Will Jewelers and Wings, Etc.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

We reported Friday that Asakusa Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar closed its restaurant at 6401 W. Jefferson Blvd. on Oct. 28. Owner Michelle Chiang cited a lack of employees. Asakusa at 6224 Lima Road remains open and has extended its hours.

Have restaurant news? Call Lisa M. Esquivel Long at 260-461-8354, send email to lesquivel@news-sentinel.com or a fax to 260-461-8817 or write Restaurant Notes, C/O The News-Sentinel, PO Box 102, Fort Wayne, IN 46802.

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