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UPDATED: Restaurant Notes: King Arthur’s Trolley now rules 2 brick-and-mortar spots – inside American Legion, Spiece Fitness

CaSandra Arthur, who co-owns the King Arthur's Trolley with husband Carlton, oversees the bistro at Spiece Fitness on Merchandise Drive. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Carlton Arthur, co-owner of King Arthur's Trolley, is leasing the kitchen at American Legion Post 241. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of The News-Sentinel)
King Arthur's Trolley now has two brick-and-mortar spots – American Legion Post 241 and Spiece Fitness. (Courtesy of King Arthur's Trolley)
King Arthur's Trolley is tucked away for the winter, but owners Carlton and CaSandra Arthur are cooking up dishes at Spiece Fitness and American Legion Post 241. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Those exercising at Spiece Fitness on Merchandise Drive can get a bit of an energy boost or replenishment at the bistro. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Those exercising at Spiece Fitness on Merchandise Drive can get a bit of an energy boost or replenishment at the bistro. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Energy drinks are a staple for King Arthur's Spiece Fitness location. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
CaSandra Arthur said the bistro customers at Spiece Fitness are more focused on keeping track of carbs, sugars and protein. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)

King Arthur’s Trolley is ruling the tables at American Legion Post 241 and Spiece Fitness.

King Arthur’s, which started as a food “truck,” is open to the public in both locations – the legion at 7605 Bluffton Road, and Spiece Fitness at 5310 Merchandise Drive near the Lima Road-Interstate 69 cloverleaf.

King Arthur’s is owned by Carlton and CaSandra Arthur, who’ve been in the food business for years and also operate the concessions area at Spiece.

Carlton this month started running the legion site with four employees where they serve more of a comfort food menu for lunch and dinner. Meat for the half-pound burgers comes from Didier Meats. He offers a rotating special each day. Tuesday he’s serving spaghetti with homemade meat sauce and garlic bread for $6 along with the rest of the menu. This Friday he said he plans T-bone steak and pollock specials.

CaSandra, who is also president of the Fort Wayne Food Trucks association, oversees five employees at the Spiece location, where she operated the shake bar with Carlton making sandwiches before she went to Starbucks for 13 years. When she was asked if she’d like to return to run the bistro in Spiece in February she accepted.

“Spiece is like my family,” she said.

She spends time there with the Incredible Hulk, one of the extreme energy drinks served there.

“Here they care about carbs, proteins and sugars,” she said. “We sell a lot of protein shakes.”

The menu includes wraps, salads and smoothies.

The couple met at Oakwood Resort in Syracuse, where she was a hostess and he was a sous chef. He’s also worked at Maple Leaf Farms in Leesburg and an assisted living facility, and ran the Fort Wayne International Airport bar and restaurant. They started the Trolley food truck in November 2015, where customers can get the Three Rivers Burger: nearly 1 pound of meat with hot peppers, onion rings, bacon, pickle, lettuce, cheese and tomato on it.

“The challenge is to eat it with a side of fries,” CaSandra Arthur said.

The trolley is now put away for the winter months and its story of how it drove into their lives would zing your heartstrings. After CaSandra’s mother suffered an aneurysm two years ago, four years after her father’s death, she helped organize an auction of the family belongings, Carlton said. The auctioneer drove up in the trolley to provide food to guests. Carlton had lost his job and the couple wanted to know about the trolley.

“I made the decision last night to sell it,” he told them, Carlton said.

And while splurging on new flooring in their home, one of the installers was a former commander at the legion who asked if they’d be interested in a place to cook. They have a one-year lease, and while it’s very early, Carlton sees more years as a possibility.

The Arthurs plan to serve the trolley menu inside some locations for special events such as Country Heritage’s Holiday Market 1-5 p.m. Dec. 3.

The legion location is open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Saturday hours vary depending on private events. Call 1-260-602-4061. The Spiece site is open 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Call 1-260-969-6338. For more, see www.kingarthursllc.com.

BURGER FI OPENING MID-DECEMBER

BurgerFi, 7777 Coldwater Road, plans to open in mid-December. The “gourmet hamburger restaurant” is currently hiring. The company’s website promotes that its angus beef is hormone- and antibiotic-free. Started in 2011 in Florida, it also features local craft beer. The CEO sandwich is a double Wagyu and brisket blend burger with homemade candied bacon-tomato jam, truffle aioli and aged Swiss cheese.

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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