Happy Independence Day!
We like chain restaurants, but we love the independent, family-owned types. However, that could mean a shutdown each year for vacation. So Baan Thai, 3435 N. Anthony Blvd., is closed now until July 24. It's an annual thing that regular customers survive, and compared to last year's multi-week closure while it moved from its former location on Coldwater Road, where it had been for 14 years, to North Anthony this closure should be OK.
Caliente 2 delay
The opening of Caliente Cuban Cafe's second location, Caliente 2, at 120 W. Wayne St., has been delayed a couple of weeks because of problems with a hood system. We'll let you know when a new date has been set. Until then, enjoy the original at 1123 E. State Blvd.
Now you can have it your way again
Burger King at 2511 Spy Run Ave. is open again after a major remodeling project closed it for a few weeks in June.
It has a new exterior and plans called for a new lobby and seating on the inside and an exterior picnic area, bike racks and landscaping.
Jeffrey Albertson, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne's Hospitality Administration program chair, has been inducted into the Disciples Escoffier International USA, a prestigious French culinary society, according to the university.
With 35,000 members worldwide, the Disciples Escoffier International honors the memory of French chef Auguste Escoffier by promoting and preserving his work and encouraging young people worldwide to work as professional chefs, according to a news release. The induction took place recently at Maison Kammerzell in Strasbourg during the group's culinary exploration of France.
Albertson has been cooking since 1981 and is mostly self-taught. He has been with Ivy Tech since 2009 and is the faculty advisor for Grasshopper, the campus's student-run food truck, which debuted last month.
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