Banh Mi Barista’s second site opening Wednesday New location on Fairfield Avenue will also offer pho, bubble tea

Banh Mi Barista’s new location on Fairfield Avenue has the sign up and the owners plan to open it Wednesday.

The restaurant, named Bahn Mi Pho Shop, at 1925 Fairfield will serve Vietnamese sandwiches, pho, bubble tea and more. Pho is a rice-noodle soup usually with beef or chicken.

The owners say they plan a soft opening Wednesday with a grand opening in July to coincide with the five-year anniversary of the original restaurant at 5320 Coldwater Road. The modern gift for five years? Silverware. How appropriate. <br>

<center> Other restaurant updates </center><br>

Fort Wayne residents are always hungry for something new. Callers have asked about a few places, so we wanted to let you know we’ve got calls out.

Several restaurants said they planned to be open this “spring,” which ends today if owners were being technical. However, since taking over this column and talking to restaurant owners we know that inspections – both building and food – can take a while, particularly as issues come up.

* Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse: It’s supposed to be coming to Skyline Tower. We left a message for corporate Wednesday.

* Three of Bill Bean’s restaurants in the works: the long-closed Window Garden restaurant on the 13th floor of the Indiana Michigan Power Center, the former Bill’s Bistro on Spy Run Avenue, and what will become Bill’s Bistro in the former Bar 145 location on North Clinton Street. Stay tuned. However, we know he has plans for the Window Garden space now that SIRVA, now at 5001 U.S. 30 E., will be moving with its 400 employees into the I&#38;M center by year’s end.

* Former Atz’s Ice Cream Shoppe, 211 E. Tillman Road. That location and the one at 3235 N. Anthony Blvd. closed in September 2014. Since then, Baan Thai restaurant relocated to the North Anthony site, but the one on Tillman remains vacant. A caller wondered what happened to plans to put something there. We’re still checking.

* Big Eyed Fish and Skyline Chili: As we told you recently, the sign is up for the express-style Big Eyed Fish North in the former Dairy Queen in Leo Crossing, which is looking at a July opening. And Skyline Chili Fort Wayne’s building is going up on Ice Way off Lima Road. <br>

<center> New Angola cafe </center><br>

Marc and Irene Ulbrich recently opened Caleo Caf 3; at 113 W. Maumee St. in downtown Angola. The new caf 3; serves freshly brewed world coffees made from beans imported from Irene’s native country of Peru as well as other countries. Caleo Caf 3;, which is open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, also offers tea and other beverages. It also serves breakfasts of bagels, croissants, oatmeal cereal, yogurt parfaits and a biscuit-and-gravy special on Fridays and Saturdays. For lunch it offers weekly homemade soup-and-sandwich specials, along with wraps, salads, and a selection of baked goods.

For more, see or call 665-6800. <br>

<center> Choc it up </center><br>

DeBrand Fine Chocolates is hosting tours 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at its 10105 Auburn Park Drive, now through Aug. 31. Tours include a video of the chocolate-making process and tastings. Tours are $5 per person, which includes $5 off a purchase of $10 or more. No reservations or group minimums are required. <br>

<center> Tilted Kilt auction </center><br>

A liquidation auction of furnishings and even the liquor license from the now-closed Tilted Kilt Pub &#38; Eatery, 4541 Illinois Road, will take place this week.

Steffen Group will hold the auction at 9 a.m. Saturday with a preview of items noon-5 p.m. Friday. Steffen will auction a variety of items including alcohol signs, flat-screen TVs, restaurant furniture, commercial kitchen and bar equipment and its 3-way (beer, wine and liquor) liquor license.

For more, see or call 426-0633. <br>

<center> Bruised by peach pittance? </center><br>

We told you about the Peach Truck tour coming to town with plenty of notice. What we didn’t know is that Georgia lost about 80 percent of its peach crop this year because of warm winter and a hard spring freeze, so the 25-pound boxes were limited.

Our friend who managed to get a box for us at the third and last local stop June 8 said 300 people came out and about 100 people were turned away because of the shortage.

The truck won’t be returning in July as it has in the past, so we’re hoping for a bumper crop next year.

We’ll be sure to let you know of the dates in advance.

Customers can also order online and find lots of recipes at <br>

<center> Return of the retired </center><br>

Kroger-owned Turkey Hill is bringing back one of its 32 retired flavors, as chosen by fans.

The majority of Turkey Hill Dairy’s Ultimate Flavor Tournament’s 50,000 voters chose Caramel Brownie Overload to return after 17 years of retirement. The mixture of caramel ice cream with brownies and rich caramel fudge only lasted a year after being introduced in 2000. It will be back in 2018 for a limited time. <br>

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