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FWCS retiree opens E. State coffee shop

– there's a new coffee shop in town.

Biggby Coffee opened its doors Tuesday at 6568 E. State Blvd. The location is owned by a husband-wife team, Yul Craig and Deborah Ann Martin.

“After 25 years of service in the Fort Wayne Community Schools, I wanted to try something different,” says Yul Craig Martin, who served as a teacher, principal and director of student services. “I had always wanted to try the entrepreneur world.”

He first heard about the East Lansing, Michigan-based franchise from a finance representative at a car dealership, who suggested he open a Biggby Coffee so she wouldn't have to drive to Defiance, Ohio, for a fix.

The shop serves specialty lattes, smoothies and teas. The lattes have fun names such as Butter Bear, which features butterscotch and caramel; Sugar Bear, with caramel and hazelnut; and Teddy Bear, with caramel and white chocolate.

Hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Free Wi-Fi is available.

Rotating restaurants

A new take on cafeteria dining will be on the menu for city workers and other downtown diners.

The café in the garden level of Citizens Square, 200 E. Berry St., will reopen July 7 with a rotating list of 10 lunch vendors, including seven new to downtown. One of the food service operators will provide lunch service every day.

Open to the public, Citizens Courtyard will offer lunch from 10:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Bagel Station will provide a breakfast menu from 6:30 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday.

“A” week vendors are Moe's Southwest Grill, Monday; The Bagel Station, Tuesday; Panda Express, Wednesday; Subway, Thursday; and Mancino's, Friday. “B” week vendors are Fazoli's, Monday; Pizza Hut, Tuesday; Ceruti's, Wednesday; Bandido's, Thursday; and KFC, Friday. The week of July 7 will be an “A” week.

Citizens Courtyard will be closed on weekends and city-county holidays.

DeBrand tours

Keep your calendars open.

DeBrand Fine Chocolates is opening its doors for extended Public Open Tours at the 10105 Auburn Park Drive location during Three Rivers Festival.

Tours cost $5 a person, with a $5 rebate off a purchase of $10 or more. The open tour dates will be July 11 to 19 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

There are no minimum group numbers or reservations required. For information, call 969-8330 or go to www.debrand.com/tours.

Wine, wetlands

On Aug. 1, more will be going on at Eagle Marsh than sounds from creatures of the night.

Little River Wetlands Project, the nonprofit that owns the land, will host Wine on the Wetlands from 5 to 8:30 p.m. that Friday at the preserve.

Tickets ($35 each) must be reserved in advance. The event will feature wines from the Wine Tour Wineries of Indiana's Northeast, a consortium of seven Indiana wineries. Food from local chefs, including sweets by Fort Wayne Chocolate Fountain, will accompany the wines.

Guests will receive a commemorative wine glass and can take a guided walk to see the preserve at dusk. For information or to reserve a ticket, call 478-2515. Attendees must be 21 or older.

Free fish

Something is fishy about the latest world record try.

Long John Silver's restaurants are attempting to break the record for the World's Largest Free Fish Fry on Saturday.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at participating locations, Long John Silver's will give one free crispy golden fish fillet and a serving of natural-cut fries to every guest who visits the store.

Area locations include 6224 Bluffton Road in Fort Wayne and 323 W. Plaza Drive in Columbia City.

IHOP birthday

In 1958, there were three major TV networks, a gallon of gas cost 24 cents, and the Hula Hoop had just been invented.

And, in Toluca Lake, California, Al and Jerry Lapin opened the first International House of Pancakes.

To celebrate its 56th birthday, restaurants will offer guests a short stack of buttermilk pancakes for 56 cents from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 8.

Adding to the party, IHOP is featuring three summer pancake variations: Raspberry Peach, Blueberry Cannoli and Strawberry Banana Cream Pie.

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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