Opened in 1933 as a place for the German Catholic neighborhood to get a beer after prohibition, the pub at Spring Street and Sherman Boulevard has always been the Green Frog Inn, owner Cindy Henry says.
And Friday, after she officially hands over the keys to Matt Billings, it will still be the Green Frog.
“There’s a rich history here at the Green Frog. … They celebrate it. They appreciate it,” Henry says of Billings and his wife, Carrie, who purchased the bar.
Henry decided in the fall to sell the bar after 14 years so that she could spend more time with family and meeting social obligations as the wife of Mayor Tom Henry.
The past few weeks have been spent training Billings, whom she describes as young and energetic. They have gone over the licenses and legalities of the bar, and she has showed him the ropes along the way.
Billings is ready, she says, but the transition is still bittersweet. She is ready to say goodbye to the day-to-day responsibilities but says she will miss the patrons and the moments that bring them together at the bar at 820 Spring St.
“I’ve been told that I have to be here Thursday night for some kind of party that I wasn’t supposed to know about,” Henry says. “I’m going to celebrate that night, and I’m looking forward to telling people that I’ll see them on the other side of the bar.”
Eating by the book
It’s a novel idea for a contest, or so Harrison College’s local campus thinks.
The campus, 6413 N. Clinton St., is hosting an edible books contest from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 18. Participants will create food dishes based on a book title, a famous scene from a book or a book cover. Entries will be showcased from 1 to 2 p.m. Serving and tasting of entries will take place from 2 to 2:45 p.m.
The entries will be judged by a panel of three on taste, creativity and presentation.
Participation is free, but registration is required. The public can watch and sample dishes. For information, call event coordinator Joseph Houston at 918-9216.
Amish harvest dinner
The World Says Eat Me dining tour is taking a detour from its global culinary journey with a stop for northeast Indiana fare.
The Aug. 20 dining event will be at the home of Delilah and Melvin Graber in Allen County, where a farm-fresh Amish harvest dinner will be served. The menu has not been determined but it will be fixed and likely will include homemade pie. Cost will be $15 to $20 a person, according to organizer Mark Meyer.
For information, go to www.facebook.com/TheWorldSaysEatMe.
• Want to know where your favorite food truck is? A new app, Dash n’ Dine, allows users to find information about local food trucks, including locations, directions and menus. Go to DashDineApp.com for more.
• After a yearslong struggle with declining sales, seafood chain Red Lobster is charting a new course.
Golden Gate Capital, a private investment firm, purchased the company from Darden Restaurants Inc., it was announced Monday.
A letter from the Red Lobster chain says Golden Gate Capital will continue to operate its more than 700 locations, including the Fort Wayne restaurant at 4825 Coldwater Road.
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