We’ve been waiting for months, and word has finally come on Skyline Chili’s first Fort Wayne location. The restaurant plans to open this summer at 4037 Ice Way, off Lima Road. The 2,500-square-foot space will seat more than 70 guests with counter seating, flat-screen TVs and a drive-thru, according to a news release from owner Jeff Grothouse.
“For more than three decades, my family and I have spent time in Fort Wayne to enjoy the great shopping, dining and sporting events that the city offers,” Grothouse said in the release. “I’m thrilled to be able to bring Skyline Chili to the members of this community and introduce people to the unique and delicious flavor of our signature Coneys and Ways.”
For more, go to www.skylinechili.com/fortwayne.
If tea flips your lid
Enjoy a proper cup of tea? You’ve got friends.
We caught up with our friends at Mad Hatters Tea Club on Saturday at Three Rivers Food Co-op. Head hatter Jeb Brenneman taught the basics of loose tea, including selecting a type, brewing time and drinking vessel, to a group of about 30. Milk oolong delivers a buttery taste. Ripe pu-erh is compressed and fermented. Dried fruits add to the flavor of various blends. So if you want to adventure past the ordinary restaurant tea bag, the group meets monthly, and has gathered at various places. See www.facebook.com/MadHattersTeaClub or call 760-4697 for more.
Irish eyes are eating
Curly’s Village Inn, 4205 Bluffton Road, has been celebrating St. Patrick’s Day since 1969, and will be offering Reuben sandwiches and made-from-scratch whiskey cake Friday. It will have Irish-themed drink specials and Irish-themed karaoke at 9 p.m. The doors open at 1 p.m. and food service begins at 5 p.m.
Ivy Tech Northeast Library is looking for entries for the 11th annual Edible Book Festival. The worldwide event invites participants to create a dish based on a book, book title, or pun of a book title to be exhibited for, then eaten by, festival attendees. The event is open to both the northeast Indiana community and Ivy Tech Northeast students and employees. For students in the college’s pastry decorating class, the edible book is a class project.
Applications are due March 27. Register at library.ivytech.edu/ebf. The festival is noon-2 p.m. April 4 at the Student Life Center gymnasium on the North Campus, 3701 Dean Drive.
Free ice cream? We like free
Dairy Queen and DQ Grill & Chill locations will celebrate Free Cone Day on March 20 by giving away a small vanilla soft-serve cone with the signature curl on top, one per customer while supplies last. At the same time, some locations also will collect donations for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Tuesday morning citrus sale
Indian River Direct, the folks who bring in luscious Georgia peaches in the summer, will hold its citrus truckload sale 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday at Menards, 5511 Meijer Drive. It will sell caseloads of "freshly picked" navel oranges, temple oranges and ruby red grapefruits. For more, see www.indianriverdirect.com. A 14-pound box of navel oranges is $25. A 20-pound box of temple oranges is $30. A 20-pound box of ruby red grapefruits is $25.
Hostess ice cream for sale
We spotted the recently released Hostess ice cream over the weekend at the new Dollar General on Goshen Avenue. Fort Wayne’s Nestlé Dreyer’s Ice Cream Co. plant made the CupCakes, Ding Dongs, Sno Balls and Twinkies ice cream that is frosting on the shelves. We were on vacation and not stress-eating, so we haven’t sampled them yet.
The ice cream pints sell for a suggested retail price of $2.99 each and 48-ounce cartons for a suggested retail price of $5.99, according to a news release.
A reader asked what had happened to Golden China. We called and found out it moved around July from 1738 W. Washington Center Road across the road to 5820 Challenger Parkway. Call 489-6725 for hours and menu information.
Have restaurant news? Call Lisa M. Esquivel Long at 461-8244 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or write Restaurant Notes, C/O The News-Sentinel, PO Box 102, Fort Wayne, IN 46802.