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Curly’s to complete remodeling with city grant

Curly’s Village Inn had its fair share of heartbreak in 2013.

There were three fires at the 4205 Bluffton Road bar and restaurant after a June 1 lightning strike, and repairs kept it closed for weeks.

But 2014 is looking up.

Curly’s will celebrate 45 years in business this year, and it was among the recipients of a 2014 facade grant from the city of Fort Wayne. The matching grant will allow owners David and Tina Brown to make improvements to the building, parking lot, landscape and accessibility.

Part of the building was remodeled after the fire, David Brown says, but the rest will be finished with the grant. He will have two meetings with the city before hiring contractors but hopes to begin work in April.

“We’re going to have a re-grand opening when this is all done. The building is going to look great,” Brown says.

“We’re going into the next generation.”


•SCAN Inc. is taking orders for its 29th annual Brown Bag Lunch fundraiser. The lunch features spaghetti and meatballs with mini salad ($9) and Casaburo salads ($7) provided by Casa Ristoranti Italiano. Pick up will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 19 at the Fort Wayne Masonic Temple, 216 E. Washington Blvd.

For more information on the Brown Bag Lunch, go to, or contact Leslie Ludwiski at 421-5000, ext. 2318, or

•Kingston Residence is sponsoring the sixth annual Kingston’s Taste of Waynedale on Tuesday. The event will be 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 1819 Reservation Road.

Food and drink samples will be offered by 26 restaurants and businesses, including Azar’s Big Boy, Captain Ron’s Corral, Hall’s Original Drive-In, Hill’s Market, Waynedale Bakery, Waynedale Café and Wings Etc.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door; call 747-1523, email, or go to Kingston, 7515 Winchester Road, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Proceeds go to Community Harvest Food Bank and Fort Wayne Trails Waynedale Initiative.

Lobster menu

Eddie Merlot’s, 1502 Illinois Road South, is getting mad … about lobster.

From executive chef Matt Nolot, the Lobster Madness menu, available through April, features a number of offerings, including Lobster with Pappardelle Pasta ($26) in a buttery cream sauce, housemade Lobster Bisque ($8) and individual servings of the Eddie Merlot’s signature Lobster Macaroni & Cheese ($12).

The Lobster Madness celebration goes into overdrive Fridays with a twin lobster special, when guests can enjoy two 1 1/4- pound lobsters for $39.95. The weekly special will be offered from through April 18.

More Irish offerings

Last week, I shared a bevy of offerings for the imminent St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Here’s a few more.

Zinnia’s Bakehouse, 1320 E. State Blvd., is whipping up its Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes, which feature chocolate stout cake and an Irish cream buttercream. Over the weekend, it will also be offering Irish beer bread

Lucky Moose, 622 E. Dupont Road, will have an Irish buffet with Irish stew, corned beef and cabbage, Guinness beer-battered fish, Irish soda bread and soup and salad bar for $9.95. It will be available all day on Monday. For libations, there will be $3 pints of Guinness, $2 pints of green beer and $3 Irish car bombs.

Around town

The Phoenix, 1122 Broadway, is expanding its menu and hours with a new lunch service.

Agaves Mexican Grill announced that its second location at 10460 Maysville Road, in the Chapel Ridge Shopping Center, will open Monday.

The Dish features restaurant news and food events and appears Wednesdays. Fax news items to 461-8893, email or call 461-8462.