Restaurant Notes: St. Patrick’s Day fun at Deer Park; Mad Anthony reopens; spring means Zesto; Subway raises money for Community Harvest
Deer Park Irish Pub, Spring Street and Leesburg Road, will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with its 20th annual “Clover Classic” Friday-Sunday.
The weekend of Irish revelry features:
• 6 p.m., a “leprechaun,” accompanied by a Scottish bagpiper, will ride along Leesburg Road in a horsedrawn carriage with a keg of green beer for owner Tony Henry and his pals at the pub to tap.
• 8 p.m., under the 11,000-square-foot tent, Jen and the Foggy Creek Band will play until 11 p.m.
• 8 a.m., Deer Park will open its doors and tent to serve green doughnuts, lattes and beer with Irish lauds to follow.
The band McScratch & McSniff will start off the live music in the tent 1-3 p.m.
• 4 p.m., the keg toss takes place and the Shamrock Sprint will follow at 4:45 p.m. Then “The World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Parade,” with Mayor Tom Henry serving as grand marshal, will begin at 5 p.m.
• 6 p.m. Irish step dancers will take to the stage.
• 7 p.m., U2 tribute Band Beautiful Day will play until 10 p.m. to an over-21 crowd followed by DJ Dap One and MSG, who will turn vinyls the rest of the evening.
• Noon-2 p.m., Family day, featuring the “St. PETrick’s” variety show with the Allen County SPCA.
Events all weekend are free admission to the public except for Saturday evening’s DJ Dap One, which will have a $3 cover charge.
Free Parking for the entire celebration can be found at the University of Saint Francis across the street from the pub.
We’re all a bit Mad
Mad Anthony Brewing, 2002 Broadway, has reopened after a big renovation that started Feb. 18. We went by a week ago and things looked pretty nice with the side dining area still being put together. It reopened Wednesday and now has large square floor tiles and blue under-bar lighting to give it a sleek look.
Patrons have given photos of the changes on Facebook mixed reviews, with some saying the changes make it now look like “mass chain sports bar.” However, Mad Anthony says to reserve judgment until you see it for yourself. We will too, though we’re a fan of sleek modern looks – and they left the Scooby Snacks alone.
You can check it out on St. Patrick’s Day 6-11 p.m. Saturday with drink specials and live music from Yo Yo Pa. The brewpub is having Lenten specials of a fish basket 11 a.m.-4 p.m. with fries, cole slaw and house tartar sauce and Friday fish fries after 4 p.m. with a choice of cod ($12.95), perch ($13.95) and shrimp ($14.95) with cole slaw, house fries and house tartar sauce or cocktail sauce.
That’s a wrap – and a fundraiser
Subway restaurants are introducing a new Signature Wrap sandwich lineup this month with a fundraiser to benefit Community Harvest Food Ban. With the Generously Wrapped campaign, 25 cents from every wrap sold through April 26 will go to the food bank, with a total donation of up to $5,000. That will provide food to 20,000 northeast Indiana residents in need through Community Harvest, 999 E. Tillman Road.
A Subway news release calls the wraps a meal rather than a snack because they contain double the meat of an average 6-inch sub, plus a combination of veggies, cheese and sauces. The $6.99 wraps include:
• Chipotle Southwest Steak & Cheese: steak, shredded Monterey cheddar, lettuce, sliced tomatoes, green peppers, and onions, topped with jalapeños, guacamole, and spicy Chipotle Southwest sauce – all wrapped in a tomato basil wrap.
• Turkey, Bacon & Guacamole: turkey breast, bacon, provolone cheese, lettuce, sliced tomatoes, and onions, topped with guacamole and creamy Ranch dressing, and served on a tomato basil wrap.
• Savory Rotisserie-Style Chicken Caesar: hand-pulled rotisserie-style chicken, shredded Monterey cheddar, lettuce, and sliced tomatoes, topped with Parmesan cheese, and Savory Caesar sauce, inside a spinach wrap.
We scream for ice cream
That harbinger of spring, Zesto, has opened some of its locations. The Village at Coventry and Maplecrest/St. Joe Center stores are open. The Broadway store will open Saturday.
And to celebrate the first day of spring, participating non-mall Dairy Queen and DQ Grill & Chill locations will celebrate the fourth annual Free Cone Day March 20. Guests will receive a free small vanilla soft serve cone, limit one per customer while supplies last. Some locations also will collect donations for local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
We got our city view
We got back from vacation and our first stop was City View Cafe on the 13th floor of the Indiana Michigan Power Center.
Too bad Monday was a gray cloudy day when we took our book club there. Our group of 80-somethings talked about coming to the Window Garden there 20 years ago and bringing out-of-town family to get a look at the city from above.
Window Garden closed four years ago, and Joe Ceruti of Ceruti’s Catering, is operating the cafe. They couldn’t do much with the layout he said. It was mostly cleaning and painting. However, we liked the various nooks and crannies created by the layout with modern-looking touches. Meeting rooms are available, too, and one we poked our head into had a nice view of the north side of the city.
The star, of course, is the view of the city from the north and south sides of the building, and you can see both from a centerline in the dining room.
A cashier is at the front for folks wanting to dash in for a grab-and-go sandwich or those who want to sit at bistro tables along the north window. A paper menu is above the plasticware – we didn’t see any silverware – but everything seems pretty well marked with a permanent menu near the City View Grill. There you can order a Fort Wayne burger with cheddar cheese, bacon, fried egg and onion rings. The San Antonio chicken blackened with mozzarella cheese and mushrooms looked interesting too.
Across from the grill is the soup du jour, chicken tortilla with a dinner roll. It also had smoky poblano cheese. The hot sandwiches were a breaded pork tenderloin and Cuban sandwich, both of which came with salad for $5.89 and $6.89, respectively. The entree of the day was General Tso’s chicken with fried rice and Asian broccoli with a roll for $8.79. Other items are also available. The choices continue around to the three rotating pizzas and beverages leading to another cashier and booths and tables.
Breakfast is served 6-9 a.m. and lunch 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Desserts and grab-and-go items continue to be available until 2 p.m.
The bacon-lettuce-tomato sandwich in a newspaper-like printed wrap drew our eye. We selected that, which was the sandwich of the day, and the small container of mayonnaise with it and a regular tea. We were on more of the grab-and-go end of dining while our book club friends had more time. One chose a slice of pepperoni pizza, one a salad, another a sandwich and the last the soup with bread. Our $5.89 sandwich was on regular-sized square bread with iceberg lettuce and chewy meats – meaning they weren’t overly burned or over-crisped. It all was OK for us. Our companions gave mixed reviews.
We’d go back because City View Cafe seems to have plenty of options – and on a sunny day provides a great way to see our city.
On a side note
We know what we’ll be putting on our Christmas list. Dan Baker has a series of photos that superimpose old and current views of a single building into one image that are displayed at City View Cafe.
“I call them rephotography,” said Baker, who plans a book for this fall with Randy Harter, a local historian/author who started Fort Wayne Food Tours. The book will be called “Fort Wayne Through Time.”
One image shows a color image of the current Fort Wayne Firefighters Museum, 226 W. Washington Blvd., with a black-and-white image from its time as a working firehouse with horse-powered conveyances for water tanks and firefighters. Another shows a horse-drawn Consumer’s Ice & Coal Co. wagon passing by a building with Centlivre Beer on the front and near the old Wayne Shoe Manufacturing Co., where the Randall Lofts are today on Superior Street, Baker said. The one he really likes shows the former Grand Leader department store where the Indiana Michigan Power Center is now at Wayne and Calhoun streets.
He’s most attracted to the ornate buildings of the past century or more, such as the Frontier building (where GTE was for a long time) at Berry and Barr streets, that once housed Home Telephone and Telegraph.
Baker has been a photographer for 12 or 13 years and has been doing rephotography, involving PhotoShop, since 2012. The images at City View were commissioned by the Downtown Improvement District for its Celebrate Downtown event in January.
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