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Opening at Coventry will house Salsa Grille

When one door closes, another opens.

For Chris Rongos, owner of George’s International Grocery, the shuttering of the local Carlos O’Kelly’s locations was filled with opportunity.

He says he immediately saw the Village of Coventry site, 5735 Falls Drive, as a spot for the third Salsa Grille.

“We jumped on the wagon to locate the actual owner of the property, and that’s what we did,” Rongos says.

Salsa Grille offers burritos, tacos, nachos and salads, along with a complimentary salsa bar with 10 varieties made fresh daily.

The new restaurant, which will resemble the Salsa Grille at 7755 Coldwater Road, will be open in the fall. Rongos says he is hoping for October.

“There is a surprise in store – two different concepts will be in there. One is Salsa Grille,” Rongos says, adding that he can’t mention the other. “It is exciting. It’s going to be great for the city of Fort Wayne.”

Showcasing freshness

A hockey rink, trampoline park, volleyball center – there’s “a lot of exciting stuff going over there,” Jimmie Schindler says of the Glenbrook area.

That’s one of the reasons why the Bandido’s owner says he wanted to move the Northcrest restaurant to Glenbrook Commons.

After announcing the plan to move the restaurant in last week’s column, I had the chance to follow up with Schindler about the plans.

Among them is expanding the emphasis on fresh, homemade products. The location will feature freshly made tortillas and freshly squeezed margaritas.

“We make all of our (items) from scratch and hand-cut our produce,” he says. “We want to showcase that so more people can see that.”

There is no moving date for the restaurant, which he says will be different from the other Bandido’s locations. It could be August or September, because construction is just beginning.

The Northcrest location will remain open until then, though there may be a gap of a few days while the staff makes the move and is trained.

Around town

Dogs N Suds, 6111 Lima Road, will open Friday.

The Lucky Moose, 622 E. Dupont Road, is celebrating Friday the 13th this week with a variety of specials. Draft beer will be 13 cents per ounce – or $2.08 for a pint – and all-you-can eat fish will be $13.13. From 9 p.m. to midnight, the bar will have 13-cent wings and meatballs.

DeBrand Fine Chocolates is offering a taste of Kuwait with a chocolate-covered date. The dates are grown on a farm in the Middle Eastern country.

They are available in milk chocolate, dark chocolate and nut chocolate (deluxe nuts with milk and dark chocolate and coconut). The dates are $3.25 each or $19.50 for a six-piece box.

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

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