Toscani Pizzeria closing; Peach Truck returning with juicy deliveries

Toscani Pizzeria, owned by Mike and Julie Harris, is closing June 10.

The couple wrote on the businesses’ Facebook page last week: “To our Toscani friends and family, it is with mixed emotions that we share the following news. Toscani Pizzeria will be closing on June 10. After 11 1/2 years in downtown Fort Wayne, we decided it was time. We want you to know how much we appreciate your support and friendly faces. You have been with us for the many ups, and the few downs. We would love to see you before we close. We’ll be open normal hours until 10 p.m. on Saturday June 10. Thanks for everything.” <br>

<center> Just peachy </center><br>

Mark June 8 on your calendar. The Peach Truck Tour is returning with 1/2 bushel (25-pound) boxes of Georgia peaches.

The Tennessee-based Peach Truck travels through Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania.

Here’s its local schedule:

* 9-10:30 a.m. at Connolly’s Do It Best (Dupont), 515 E Dupont Road

* Noon-1:30 p.m. at Connolly’s Do It Best (Calhoun), 5221 S. Calhoun St.

* 2:30-4 p.m. at Connolly’s Do It Best, 10301 Illinois Road <br>

<center> Calling all party animals </center><br>

The annual Wine in the Pines benefit wine-tasting and animal art auction for Black Pines is coming up.

Tickets for the adults-only 7-9 p.m. June 17 evening with the animals are available, which entitle you to sample wines and appetizers as you explore and bid on your favorite artworks in a silent auction. All proceeds directly benefit the animals.

Tickets for the VIP Experience, held 5:30-7 p.m. and which includes a guided tour, cost $50. Regular tickets are $40 per person in advance or $50 at the door, if not sold out.

This is a casual attire event, so high heels or dressy shoes are not recommended on the unpaved pathways.

The event will take place, rain or shine. No refunds. If you reserve then cannot attend, your reservation is transferable. Call 260-636-7383.

You must be 21 or over and present a valid ID to enter. <br>

<center> A toast to success </center><br>

HT2 craft cocktail lounge, 10212 Chestnut Plaza Drive, opened May 23. El Digs, owned by Nick Ladig, who was born and raised at Wolf Lake, opened the business. The HT in HT2 stands for Hotel Tango. That’s the place started by Marine veteran Travis Barnes, whom Ladig has known since they became seat mates on the school bus in third grade, according to business’s website. Barnes spent three stints in Iraq before eventually going to law school in Indianapolis and starting the distillery, Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery, with friends in 2014.

Ladig, who worked in the beer industry, checked out Hotel Tango and decided it was the type of establishment missing in the Scott and Illinois roads area. HT2 serves some Hotel Tango products as well as regional ones.

HT2 will be open 2-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and noon-midnight Friday and Saturday, according to Ladig. He plans on adding Sunday service later this year. HT2 will be closed June 6 and 7.

According to a news release, it “will feature some standard recipes such as daiquiris and sours as well as some craft recipes featuring house-made syrups and infusions. The food menu is limited, but focuses on superior quality snacks, including breads, meats, nuts, sweets and more from local artisan producers.” <br>

<center> Back open </center><br>

The downtown Wendy’s reopened May 16 after being closed for eight weeks for a head-to-toe makeover. Is it just us or is Wendy’s hair a little redder? Anyway, gone is the mustard-yellow sign on the outside. It features an open dining area and has added music, TV and customer Wi-Fi along with a backlit static and digital menu board.

Zane Gross and Chad Donnelson are the franchise owners. <br>

<center> We’re loopy </center><br>

We’d be lying if we said we did a double-take when we saw the sign at Burger King for its Froot Loop Shake – because we couldn’t take our eyes off it. The idea of marrying rich ice cream with our favorite fruity cereal proved too intriguing, so we tried it. Its vanilla soft-serve ice cream seemed a bit sloggy when we got it home and the cereal was more Fruity Pebbles than the Froot rings we like, but we’d try it again. <br>

<center> Pasquetti’s auction </center><br>

A time has been set to sell the contents of the former Pasquetti’s Italian Steakhouse, 3530 W. Jefferson Blvd. The restaurant, which moved from Bluffton to Fort Wayne a year ago, closed May 14, saying it couldn’t reach an agreement to buy the land and building and didn’t want to continue renting.

The sale at the site will be held at 3 p.m. June 8 and, according to its Facebook site, is for “all restaurant equipment and numerous personal items. The kitchen is fully equipped and most of the equipment is less than three years old.” <br>

<center> Remembering a friend at Friends </center><br>

Anastasia “Ana” (Raptis) Hatzigeorgiou, who co-owned Friends Restaurant with her husband, Nikolaos “Niko” G. Hatzigeorgiou, died May 18. The couple closed their original north-side restaurant, Friends, on Dupont Road at the end of last year because Ana was too ill to work anymore and both she and Niko had endured chemotherapy and radiation treatments, according to the restaurant’s Facebook page. They decided to “merge” that restaurant with their southwest location, Friends, Too, 3720 W. Jefferson Blvd., which was closed Wednesday so staff could attend her funeral. <br>

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