Restaurant Notes: Ragin’ Cajun opening in Chapman’s Brewing in Columbia City

Chapman's Brewing Company has partnered with Ragin' Cajun to serve the latter's creole fare at its Columbia City taproom. (Photo courtesy of Chapman's Brewing Company)
LongHorn Nashville Hot Chicken (Photo courtesy of LongHorn Steakhouse)
LongHorn Flo Filet Classic Lobster Tail (Photo courtesy of LongHorn Steakhouse)
LongHorn Flo Filet Citrus Grill Lobster Tail (Photo courtesy of LongHorn Steakhouse)
The LongHorn Crab Topped Crab Cake Filet (Photo courtesy of LongHorn Steakhouse)

Things are getting spiced up at Chapman’s Brewing Company in Columbia City as Ragin’ Cajun starts serving there Tuesday night.

Chapman’s, a craft brewery based in Angola, has retail tap rooms in Angola, Fort Wayne, Columbia City and Wabash, said Scott Fergusson, who founded Chapman’s in 2012.

“We have a partnership with Ragin’ Cajun for our Columbia City taproom – John Maxwell and his crew are well known in the Fort Wayne food truck scene and we are excited to bring his creole menu to our taproom,” Fergusson said.

The Columbia City taproom, 118 W. Van Buren St., has been open a little over a year, Fergusson said.

Chapman’s partnered with Ragin’ Cajun to build out the kitchen and food counter.

Beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Ragin’ Cajun will begin serving its “old Creole specials like Crab St. Charles with an Indiana ‘twist’ of Ossian smoked bacon crumbled on top,” according to its Facebook page.

Tuesday’s menu includes blackened shrimp tacos ($4.25) or blackened steak tacos ($3.75) along with the po boys and jambalaya that fans of its food truck favor.

It will serve 5-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and 5-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Chapman’s Columbia City is open 3-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 2-11 p.m. Friday; noon-11 p.m. Saturday; and 12:30-8 p.m. Sunday.

LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE NEW MENU ITEMS

LongHorn Steakhouse is launching a collection of brand-new menu items nationwide. They include:

Its new Turf and Surf promotion, which features three entrée selections:

·Crab Cake Filet: Tender, center-cut filet topped with a baked lump crab cake and lump crab meat, topped with a lemon-garlic cream sauce (Starting at $23.99).

·Flo’s Filet and Citrus Grilled Lobster Tail: Tender, center-cut filet paired with a fire-grilled cold-water lobster tail drizzled with citrus butter (Starting at $28.99).

·Flo’s Filet and Lobster Tail: Tender, center-cut filet with choice of grilled or crispy cold-water lobster tail (Starting at $28.99).

It also has added Nashville Hot Chicken: Fresh chicken breasts hand-breaded and fried to order, finished with a housemade sweet and spicy honey sauce and topped with pickles ($14.79).

Another new feature is Fried Pickles Bold Bites – Crispy Parmesan panko-breaded dill pickles with housemade ranch dip ($3.99).

Longhorn has a location at 5050 Value Drive, off Coldwater Road by Costco.

FREE LUNCH

Whoever said there’s no such thing as a free lunch didn’t live in Fort Wayne.

Trier Ridge Community Church, 7501 Hessen Cassel Road, is holding free community lunches noon-1 p.m. Wednesdays this month.

Wednesday: Potato soup, beef and noodle soup, grilled cheese, mixed fruit.

Dec. 13: Meatloaf, macaroni and cheese, rolls, pie

Dec. 20: Spaghetti, salad, bread, carrot cake

Dec. 27: Tacos, rice, dessert

For more information, call the church at 260-447-1994 or see www.trierridge.org.

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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