Don Hall’s Triangle Park told its customers around the first of the year that it soon would be closed for remodeling, but those plans have been delayed until spring, said general manager Kevin Connett.It has customers calling and asking, "Are you open?," said Connett, the restaurant’s first and only general manager since it opened more than 30 years ago.
So he wants to get the word out that yes, you can come in and get the Icelandic cod, prime rib, filet mignon and other menu items. Hall’s still is lining up things for the remodeling, which probably will close the restaurant, 3010 Trier Road, for a couple of weeks.
Connett didn’t want to be too specific with what’s planned, but he did say the restaurant wants to add a private room that might seat 30-40 people for events such as wedding rehearsal dinners. The current, 220-seat restaurant has been "pretty much the same since we opened," he said, so plans call to "brighten it up" and create an atmosphere more appealing to a younger clientele."We’ve got 5,000 kids across the street in the dormitories" at IPFW, he said.
So some menu additions — pizza in the evenings and more burgers — will be part of the changes.
And now that March has come, so has the return of local jazz artist Francie Zucco to the restaurant. See our upcoming Entertainment listings Thursdays in Ticket! for hers and others’ performances.
Buffalo Wings and Rings — not to be confused with that other "Wild" buffalo wings place — wants to bring three of its family-friendly restaurants into the Fort Wayne area within the next five years. To do so, it’s looking for someone interested in buying a franchise.
The company opened in 1984 in Cincinnati and touts a more "elevated fan experience" for customers who come for its hand-crafted burgers and fresh, never frozen, wings. The nearest restaurant to Fort Wayne is in Portland, more than an hour south of here. Its other restaurants are in the Chicago area, Ohio, Michigan and south and central Indiana.
Chief Development Officer Philip Schram described the company’s menu as "elevated food" with fresh ingredients and chicken tenders, not boneless wings.
He said his company’s wings are "like the filet mignon of the chicken" and the food is served on white china plates.
Its customer base is families, including those 30-50 years old, so it offers salads for those looking at a meal, not necessarily a sports bar to eat in.
It’s interested in a more suburban area, but it’s going to cost a franchisee $1-$2.3 million for a listed site or more than $2 million for a standalone restaurant and land.
See more at http://ownabuffalo.com or for general information go to www.buffalowingsandrings.com.
ALDI OPENING MARCH 23
In case you missed our story Saturday, the Aldi discount grocery store under construction at 4750 Coldwater Road will open at 8:30 a.m. March 23.
The new 18,397-square-foot store in Jo-Ann Plaza replaces the store at 3802 Lima Road and will have "expanded sections for customers’ favorite products, a robust fresh produce selection, brighter colors, high ceilings, natural lighting and environmentally-friendly building materials – such as recycled materials, energy-saving refrigeration and LED lighting," according to a news release.
Most importantly, it will have a big helping of gluten-free and organic products, including the liveGfree gluten-free product line, the SimplyNature line of products free from over 125 artificial ingredients and preservatives, and the Never Any! line of meats free from antibiotics, added hormones and animal by-products.
The company isn’t ready to make an announcement about plans for the other Fort Wayne stores at 10007 Lima and 7325 S. Anthony Blvd., a spokeswoman said last week.
But we’re hoping it’s good news.
See our story at news-sentinel.com for our taste-test of some Aldi items.
LEO DINER HAS NEW OWNER
We also reported last week that Bishop Dwenger graduate Brian Kieffer, 31, is the new owner of Olde Towne Diner in Leo-Cedarville. For the past two months, he and new cook Nicole Gable who went through Fort Wayne Community Schools’ and Ivy Tech Northeast’s culinary programs, have been collaborating on all sorts of menu concoctions.
However, the furnishings are still the same, as are most of the menu items. See more about their plans in our story at news-sentinel.com.
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