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Restaurant Notes: Curly's seeks DNR OK for river access, hosting PawFest

Tina Brown, who owns Curly's Village Inn on the River with her husband, David, sits on the deck. The Browns hope to get Department of Natural Resources approval to build a stairway to the St. Marys River so river enthusiasts can easily access the bar and grill. (Photo by Bob Caylor of The News-Sentinel)
Tina Brown, who owns Curly's Village Inn on the River with her husband, David, sits on the deck. The Browns hope to get Department of Natural Resources approval to build a stairway to the St. Marys River so river enthusiasts can easily access the bar and grill. (Photo by Bob Caylor of The News-Sentinel)
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Bluffton Road bar making plans for floating deck to offer easy access for river enthusiasts as it prepares for PawFest.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017 12:01 am

If you can't get a stairway to heaven at least you can get one to dinner and drinks.

Next spring, St. Marys River enthusiasts may no longer need to climb a rope to get to Curly's Village Inn on the River, 4205 Bluffton Road.

The bar is waiting for Department of Natural Resources approval to build a floating dock, said Tina Brown, who owns the business with her husband, David, after buying it from his mother, Mary Armstrong. Mary and her husband, Paul “Curly” Armstrong, a retired Indiana basketball legend, opened Curly's in 1969. He died in 1983, and Mary retired in 2012.

The business put in a deck about 10 years ago and wants to build a stairway to the river so folks in boats and other watercraft who want to stop by no longer have to climb a rope to get up. Brown says they hope to eventually create a connection to Hall's Gas House's dock for those seeking a commercial boat ride.

For now the deck is open however you want to get there, and it's pet-friendly during daylight hours for patrons wanting to enjoy the view with Fido. Or perhaps Hannah, Curly's half-Labrador, half-Rhodesian ridgeback mascot who inspired Brown to start PawFest, which will be held for the fourth year 3-6 p.m. Sept. 10 at Curly's. The fundraiser benefits Allen County SPCA and features a full food buffet that includes vegetarian items, for $10, with a live auction that includes donations from Curly's beer and liquor representatives at 4 p.m., a silent auction at 5:30 p.m. and a visit with adoptable dogs. The Browns adopted Hannah, 8, about three years ago. 

Sniff, sniff. Is that bread baking?

Our sweet tooth is aching in anticipation of another source for baked goods, courtesy of students in Ivy Tech Community College's Baking and Merchandising class. The students will run a bakery Wednesday at the Coliseum Campus as part of Kelty's Kafé, beginning this week. Kelty's Bakery, which served weekly deli lunches in previous semesters, will now offer baked goods beginning this semester.

Students each week will make and sell breads, cakes, pies, cookies, and muffins, and the bakery will also serve freshly brewed coffee from neighbor Old Crown, 3417 N. Anthony Blvd. Each week the students will feature a specialty item such as biscuits and gravy, soup, cold sandwiches, or a specialty dessert, according to a news release. A different student will serve as the bakery's manager each week and be in charge of the menu.

This first class will run Kelty's Bakery 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, 20, and 27 and Oct. 4 and 11 in Anthony Commons on the Coliseum Campus, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd. The bakery is open to students, employees and the public.

Find more news about Kelty's Bakery see Kelty's Kafe & More on Facebook.

Music to dine by

Enjoy a little Beethoven with your dinner. A Reason to Taste 2017 with the theme Moonlight Sonata will be held Oct. 28 at Mirro Center for Research and Innovation, 10622 Parkview Plaza Drive. The event begins with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. and benefits Ivy Tech Community College's Fort Wayne Campus. Organizers describe it as “traditional German and French cuisine with a modern twist.”

Tickets are $125 each. For questions, call 480-2010.

Have restaurant news? Call Lisa M. Esquivel Long at 461-8244 or send email to notes@news-sentinel.com or write Restaurant Notes, C/O The News-Sentinel, PO Box 102, Fort Wayne, IN 46802.

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