Restaurant Notes: Ivy Tech has hot wings competition; Ruth’s Chris donates to Community Harvest; the Deck and Diamond Dogs open; Rack & Helen’s specials

(Illustration courtesy of Ivy Tech Community College)

Hot wings and an all-you-can-eat tater tot bar are a home run for us.

Titans Home Runs & Hot Wings will be held 6-9 p.m. June 14 at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus, Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center, 3701 Dean Drive. The event invites the northeast Indiana community to sample hot wings from around the city and pick their favorites. Tickets come with wing samples, beer, and that tater tot bar. All money raised will go to the Ivy Tech Titans baseball team.

First Base tickets are $35 and come with two wings from each competitor, two drink tickets, and the tot bar. Home Run tickets are $55 and include the wings and tot bar, plus a VIP beer pass.

See more about the ages-21-and-over event at and to purchase tickets.

Turning wine into food

Ruth’s Chris raised $16,000 from the sale of bottles of wine during its May 3-5 grand opening VIP dinners that it donated to Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana. The money raised will provide 64,000 meals.

The new Ruth’s Chris Steak House Fort Wayne, located in the new Skyline Tower building on Wayne Street, opened to the public May 7 with a special ribbon cutting and honored Community Harvest with the donation.

“We were excited to give back to Community Harvest,” said Ryan Rans, franchise owner of Hoosier Hospitality Group, in a news release. “The organization has touched the lives of so many Hoosiers and it’s our pleasure to work side-by-side with this amazing charity.”

See you at the Deck

The Deck at the Gas House, 305 E. Superior St., has been open a few weeks with a limited food menu, but today marks the official opening – weather permitting. The official opening is at 4 p.m.

Diamond Dogs open

Diamond Dogs Fort Wayne, 6111 Lima Road, opened for the season Monday, several weeks later than previously. The drive-in restaurant is open 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. seven days a week.

Rack & Helen’s specials

Rack & Helen’s Social House at Coyote Creek, 4935 Hillegas Road, is offering these specials:

Every Thursday it’s half-price appetizers 3-6 p.m., $5 Moscow Mules, $15 domestic beer buckets and live music on the patio 7-10 p.m.

Every Friday is All-You-Can-Eat Fish – 1-pound of fresh tilapia, pub fries, hush puppies, chili lime slaw and housemade tartar sauce for $16 starting at 4:30 p.m.

This Sunday it will be rolling out its new brunch menu that will be available 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with its regular menu available 2-9 p.m. It will also be offering “bottomless” mimosas and a build-your-own-Bloody-Mary bar.

Have restaurant news? Call Lisa M. Esquivel Long at 260-461-8354, send email to 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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