Restaurant Notes: Chapman’s Brewing adding southwest location; IHOb?; Electric Works survey time extended

Chapman's Brewing Co. plans to open a taproom in the building where Salsa Grille Village at Coventry is on Falls Drive. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of
IHOP is going by IHOb to promote its new all-natural burgers. (File photo by Justin Kenny of
Liberty Diner, 2929 Goshen Road, is celebrating its 18th anniversary this month. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of

Chapman’s Brewing Co. is adding to its list of taprooms with plans to open a southwest Fort Wayne location in a building where a Salsa Grille restaurant operates.

Tacos and beer sound like a good combination to me.

Chapman’s, which has been in business since 2012, announced last month that it was planning to open another Fort Wayne taproom, this one in the Village at Coventry.

While construction work goes on on the left side of the building, Salsa Grille at Coventry, 5735 Falls Drive, continues to serve on the right side.

Salsa Grille will remain, an employee there said.

Goodbye, stone trim and plaster Spanish lace walls for the Chapman’s total remodel of 3,000 square feet of the space on its side of the building. It also has a patio.

Chapman’s has a taproom at 819 S. Calhoun St. in a space shared with Fortezza where it has served the company’s signature beers: Wry American red rye, Harvester blonde ale, Englighten Kolsch-style ale, Englishman brown ale, Valiant American stout, and Undaunted IPA. It also has taprooms in Angola, Columbia City and Wabash.

We’ll let you know when we have more details.

IHOP now IHOb?

When I think of IHOP, the first thing that pops into my head is burgers – NOT!

But on Monday, IHOP Restaurants announced that it is going by a new name – IHOb, with the “b” standing for burgers. I’m as skeptical as when New Coke came out.

The change brings attention to the debut of its Ultimate Steakburgers, seven all-natural burgers made from Black Angus ground beef made on the grill to sear in the juices and sandwiched between a buttered and grilled brioche bun.

Survey time extended for your Electric Works ideas

The deadline has been extended to fill out an online survey to help Electric Works planners with a public market at the former General Electric site on Broadway.

More than 1,800 Fort Wayne-area residents have completed the survey about the proposed year-round market.

“We are thrilled with the community’s level of interest in the public market, which will provide both an improved home for the Barr Street farmers’ market and a daily indoor market where local entrepreneurs will offer foods from northeast Indiana,” said Jeff Kingsbury, a partner in RTM Ventures, which is leading the public-private development effort, in a news release.

Ted Spitzer of Market Ventures, Inc., who prepared the survey, shared some preliminary results. “Survey respondents to date include residents from throughout the Fort Wayne region and represent a diverse range of incomes. Most respondents regularly shop at farmers’ markets but many do not, which will provide us with interesting perspectives. Over the next week we hope more members of the Fort Wayne community will take the survey, particularly residents who do not feel well served by existing food stores,” said Spitzer.

The online survey will be available for resident input until Sunday. The 10-minute survey is available at A Spanish-language version is at:

Happy anniversary, Liberty Diner

Liberty Diner, 2929 Goshen Road, is celebrating its 18th anniversary this month. I stopped in for the kale salad with creamy bleu cheese dressing this week and was reminded of its wide menu choices.

Food Truck Rally at Bishop Dwenger High School

Try a taste of several restaurants at the Food Truck Rally on Monday nights at Bishop Dwenger High School, 1300 E. Washington Center Road.

From 5 to 8 p.m. Mondays in June, July and August you can catch a bite.

Satek Winery a gold winner

Satek Winery in Fremont earned gold at the Indy International Wine Competition last week at Purdue University. The winery took home 6 Gold or Double Gold medals, with its flagship 101 Lakes Red winning Best of Class in the ultra-competitive Concord category.

“We won awards in every quadrant: Sweet/Dry & Red/White as well as Rosé, for good measure,” said Satek winemaker Shane Christ in a news release. “This is the second time in four years Lakes Red has won Best of Class-Concord, a staple for almost every winery, and that is very, very gratifying.”

The Indy International is one of the largest wine competitions in the United States, with more than 1,700 entries from all over the United States and beyond, with judges picked from all over the country.

Satek Winery began in 2001, as the first winery in northeast Indiana. It is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.

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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