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The Dish

Zesto Ice Cream, 2225 Broadway, is opening for the season Friday.

Broadway Zesto opens this week

There's some bad news this week.

But after feeling as if the past three months have been nothing but bad thanks to "polar vortex" being added to our vocabulary, I give you this good news first: The iconic Zesto Ice Cream, 2225 Broadway, is opening for the season Friday.

If ever there was a sign spring weather might arrive, this is it.

Owner Chris Conner says the stand usually opens around this time each year.

"We just kind of held out until at least it looked like there might be 40-plus (degree) weather," Conner says.

The other family-owned locations on St. Joe Center Road and Falls Drive, he says, are slated to open this week.

Futures unclear

The future of two restaurants is shrouded in mystery as both are listed for sale, but respective management will not go on the record.

BND Commercial has a listing for 123 W. Columbia St. – the address for the fairly new Red Rok BBQ & Bourbon Saloon. The property overview includes the restaurant, equipment and three-way liquor license in addition to the three-story building. A Red Rok spokesperson would only say the downtown restaurant is open for business.

Signs in front of and behind Dogs 'n Suds Drive In, 6111 Lima Road, lists the space as available for sale. As of Tuesday, the business was not open to customers. A phone call to the restaurant didn't yield much information as to whether it was closed temporarily or for good. The most I was told is that I could not get a hot dog on Tuesday, but whether I could get one today was uncertain.

Coming soon

According to transaction reports and filings with the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health, there are a few new spots to whet the appetite.

•A local family is opening a Java Mama Café franchise at 5916 Covington Road. Kimberly Haweit says the café is a "kid-friendly coffee shop, catering to both adults and children. A place where adults can relax, meet up with friends or get some work done, while their kids are enjoying themselves in our supervised play area."

The menu features coffee, tea, sandwiches, soups and salads. There will also be classes for children and adults. The location is under construction, and Haweit hopes to open in late April or early May.

•Cabernet's, 10350 Coldwater Road, will be a bistro and wine bar with an estimated May opening.

LongHorn Steakhouse is under contract and in the permit process for a restaurant at 5050 Value Drive, near the recently opened Costco off Lima Road.

Around town

Dawson's Dogs, 10020 Lima Road, has closed.

•Fort Wayne-area Dairy Queens, including those in Columbia City and Kendallville, will be participating in Free Cone Day on April 1. The restaurants will give away cones and ask for a donation to the Children's Miracle Network. All money collected will go to support Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.

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