UPDATED: Restaurant Notes: Who’s open Christmas; J K O’Donnell’s has surprise

J K O'Donnell's customers hear the announcement for a sweepstakes that will award a trip for two to Ireland. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)

Editor’s note: This column has been updated to include details on J K O’Donnell’s announcement.

We can’t be the only ones going out to eat on Christmas. While we have a favorite spot, here’s a look at who’s open Christmas Eve/Day (Sunday/Monday):

*Bob Evans – Open for Christmas Eve dining, but most locations are closed on Christmas Day. Call ahead to confirm hours.

*Buffalo Wild Wings – 1425 W. Dupont Road and 10524 Maysville Road will be open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.

*Golden Corral: Open 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.

*IHOP – Christmas Eve closing at 2 p.m. Open Christmas Day 7 a.m.-2 p.m.

*McDonald’s – Some locations will be open but with various hours, so call ahead.

*Panda Express – Some — but not all — Panda Express locations will be open on Christmas Day. This varies by restaurant, as many are independently owned. So call ahead.

*Starbucks – The Starbucks stores that are open Christmas Day are near hospitals, hmm. The Dupont and Auburn roads (7 a.m.-5 p.m.), Village at Coventry (7 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Auburn stores will be open.

*Wu’s Fine Chinese Cuisine: Regular hours Christmas Eve and Day.

If you know of another restaurant open Christmas Day let us know and we’ll add it to our list.

Some readers have spotted these signs for Christmas Day dining: Double Dragon Restaurant, 117 W. Wayne St., and China Palace, 5810 Bluffton Road.


J K O’Donnell’s Irish Ale House planned to make an announcement at 6 p.m. Tuesday in conjunction with its 10th anniversary. We’ll update this story and tweet out what the news is as soon as it’s official. Scott and Melissa Glaze opened JK, 121 W. Wayne St., in August 2007 and sold it to two employees, Leah Kenna and Cari Bean, in February 2016.

UPDATED:J K O’Donnell’s has partnered with Fort Wayne International Airport and Vera Bradley to offer a free trip for two to Ireland. The round-trip tickets for two from Fort Wayne to Ireland will include six nights, a day trip to the west coast, tours of the Guinness Storehouse and Jameson Distillery in Dublin and two sets of Vera Bradley luggage.

Each time a patron comes to the alehouse Jan. 3-Feb. 28 they’ll get a virtual stamp on a passport. Five stamps are worth one entry into the sweepstakes. The winner will be chosen at 7 p.m. March 7 and must be present to win.


John Chapman Kiwanis Foundation is holding its 4th annual Fort Wayne ChocolateFest in February to benefit children’s charities.

Kiwanis and Walnut Hill Catering Events will hold this chocolate-themed fundraiser to benefit Riley Hospital for Children and other children’s charities, programs and projects in northeast Indiana.

This year’s event will be held 6-9 p.m. Feb. 9 at Turnstone Center for Children and Adults with Disabilities, 3320 N. Clinton St.

We’ve been to this evening of chocolate bliss with chocolate fountains – milk, dark and white – with lots of fruit and delights to dip in, even bacon. The event also includes a full dinner with chocolate-inspired food, live entertainment and a cash bar. A silent auction also will be held, with all the money going to children’s charities and projects.

Tickets are $40 each with VIP tables of 8 available for $500.

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.