Restaurant Notes: New Rise’n Roll open; Revitalize has outdoor dining at Rousseau Centre; Veg’N Brew Fest planned; and more

Jacob Lothamer hands an order to a Rise'n Roll North customer Monday morning. The store opened Friday at 511 E. Dupont Road. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of
Rise'n Roll North, 511 E. Dupont Road, opened Friday. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of
Unlike the southwest store, Rise'n Roll North, 511 E. Dupont Road, has a pickup window for call-ahead orders. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of
A mural at Rise'n Roll North, 511 E. Dupont Road, reflects the bakery's Amish roots. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of
You have plenty of choices at Rise'n Roll North, 511 E. Dupont Road, which opened Friday. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of
A customer found a lot of choices, but finally settled on one Monday at Rise'n Roll North, 511 E. Dupont Road. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of
No preservatives here. The jam, like Rise'n Roll's other goods, come from natural ingredients. The north store, 511 E. Dupont Road, opened Friday. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of
Rise'n Roll North, 511 E. Dupont Road, sells doughnuts, coffee, jams, candy and other items. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of
Samantha Huffine of Revitalize Cafeteria prepares food outdoors Thursday at Rousseau Centre, 1 E. Main St. The cafeteria has started serving deli wraps and other fare outside 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, weather permitting. The full menu is available in the basement. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of
Applesauce and other sides are sold with sandwiches and wraps by Revitalize Cafeteria outdoors Thursday at Rousseau Centre, 1 E. Main St. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of
Rack & Helen's Social Club's corporate executive chef Maria Wunderlin and owner Wes Anderson have created a brunch menu. (File photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of
Rack & Helen's Social Club has started serving brunch. (File photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of
Lunch on the Square returns for the season June 7. ( file photo)

You had to get up pretty early in the morning – or late afternoon the day before – to beat the winner for the grand prize at the grand opening of the north-side store Friday.

The winner was plunked in his chair at 4:15 p.m. Thursday right by the doors of the new Rise’n Roll – Northern Fort Wayne, 511 E. Dupont Road when it opened at 6:30 a.m. His reward was a dozen Rise’n Roll Cinnamon Caramel Donuts every week for a year. Well, we just lack that kind of commitment, so we went by Monday morning to see what we were missing. Three women were leaving, each with a large box of doughnuts in her arms. The bold yellow sun graphic lets you know you’re at the right place if you miss the lettering on the exterior.

The new location has a call-ahead drive-through pickup window. The staff asks that you place your order 48 business hours ahead of time. They don’t bake on Sundays, so if you want to be the hero at work on Monday, you need to play your order Friday. Regular hours are 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. However, it will be closing at 1 p.m. Monday for Memorial Day.

The decor pays homage to the franchise’s Amish roots including a silhouette mural of a horse and buggy and another Plain People form of transportation, bicycles, mounted on displays. We perused the neatly lined jars of jams and pie filling, learning that FROG jam has Fig, Red raspberries, Orange peel and Ginger and Hoppin’ FROG has jalapenos. We looked at the list of ingredients on another jar and could pronounce every one of them. That’s because as Phil Reiman, owner with his parents, Bill and Gayle Reiman, of the store and the southwest location at 5129 Illinois Road, told us a few weeks ago, the secret to the Amish-style baked goods is “It’s a mixture of high-quality ingredients and things made from scratch.”

So, of course, we just had to buy a dozen to take back to the office, where we ate a Peanut Butter Cream With Chocolate Frosting. It was very creamy. We had a Caramel Peanut Bismark about 12 hours later that still was soft and bursting with caramel flavor and delicious nuttiness.

Rack & Helen’s serves brunch

Sunday brunch has become all the rage in Fort Wayne and you can add another place to try. Sunday marked the first brunch at Rack & Helen’s Social House, 4935 Hillegas Road.

There’s the build-your-own-Bloody-Mary bar along with a strawberry jalapeno burger with goat cheese and a fried egg on top ($12) and the Hangover Helper, a mix of everything with Texas gravy ($13). See the full brunch menu:

Brunch is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays with the regular menu available 2-9 p.m.

For reservations call 260-203-3154.

Birdies, Brew and BBQ

Trine University’s Club Z at Zollner Golf Course in Angola will celebrate its grand opening with Birdies, Brew and BBQ 5-8 p.m. Friday.

Throughout the summer, the expanded Zollner Golf Course clubhouse, located in the university’s new MTI Center, will feature live music on the patio every Friday night, according to a news release. The menu will include your choice of ribs, chicken or a hamburger with unlimited sides for $9.95 and a full bar both Fridays and Saturdays. Outdoor games and prizes also will be available at this family-friendly event.

Chris Worth is the summer’s opening act, and will perform keyboard and vocals on a variety of rock, country, R&B, Motown and jazz hits with covers that include Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole. The bowling alley inside the MTI Center also will be open during the grand opening, with bowling available for $2 per game, per bowler, and shoe rental costing $2.

Club Z features a new lunch and dinner menu provided by Bon Appetit, along with its full bar, which stocks wine from Satek Winery and beer from Mad Anthony Brewing Company along with many other popular selections.

Following opening night, Birdies, Brew and BBQ will move to 5:30-8:30 p.m. each Friday. For more information, including a menu and the entertainment lineup, see

Lunch on the Square returning soon

The Downtown Improvement District’s Lunch on the Square series will be back in downtown Fort Wayne. Get lunch at a nearby restaurant – which the event is designed for, but you and I both know there’ll be lots of food trucks there – and bring it to Freimann Square to listen to concerts 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. every Thursday in June, July and August.

The series starts June 7 with the music of the Alicia Pyle Quartet. Fort Wayne Newspapers, the business agent for, is among the series’ sponsors.

Save the date for the first Veg’n Brew Fest

The inaugural Fort Wayne Veg’n Brew Fest will be held Oct. 6 at Headwaters Park. The event to promote a plant-based lifestyle will be filled with food, drinks, music and fun. It will feature local and national speakers, cooking demonstrations, food tastings and vendors. And beer. We mustn’t forget the beer.

Free admission is noon-6 p.m. A VIP hour is 11 a.m.-noon. VIP tickets will be $15. See for updates.

Pembroke Bakery & Cafe, 300 E. Main St., which includes vegan and dairy-free options on its menu, is one of the sponsors. On Saturday it began offering only wood carry-out knives, forks, and spoons, and paper straws to cut down on plastic in landfills.

Another sponsor, Young Urban Homesteaders, plans to serve chips and guacamole along with their hot sauces and other offerings at the event while Mitchell’s Sports & Neighborhood Grill will serve food and alcohol.

Be sure to check out the available critters available for adoption from the Allen County SPCA at the event.

Have restaurant news? Call Lisa M. Esquivel Long at 260-461-8354, send email to or a fax to 260-461-8817 or write Restaurant Notes, C/O The News-Sentinel, PO Box 102, Fort Wayne, IN 46802.

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