Fans of the Rib Room need not worry. It will be business as usual for the restaurant at 1235 E. State Blvd.
Rumors had been swirling about the fate of the establishment, general manager Christina Filippou says. People were calling every day to see what was going on.
And what is going on?
Owner Sam Filippou had sold the building to local investors Matt, Kurt and Chris Henry.
It was the best of both worlds, Sam Filippou said in a statement. The Henry brothers will do what they do best, which is buying and fixing up commercial buildings; and we’ll continue doing what we do best, which is offering the best in fine dining.
The exterior of the building will get a significant makeover, and the dining room will get new carpet. The Rib Room will also work to improve the front and back entries. The west side of the restaurant – known as the family room – will be renovated and converted into Nick’s Martini & Wine Bar, a nod to the restaurant’s original name.
The demolition will begin this week, according to Matt Henry. But the restaurant will remain open during renovations.
This is a project that we have looked at for the last few months. It just took awhile to work out all the details, Henry says. We’ll give it a nice shine on the place, and they (plan) to renovate the family room, which has been underutilized for the last few years.
The Henry brothers will operate the wine bar, which Matt Henry says will be sophisticated and upscale.
We’re confident that it will open about mid-November, he says. We’d like to have it open before the start of the holidays.
New food truck
There was a new truck on the block among the mobile food units at Taste of Fort Wayne.
Naked Tchopstix, the Asian fusion restaurant at 8607 U.S. 24, debuted its truck at the event this weekend. Menu items included bulgogi and rice and noodle dishes.
The restaurant is still figuring out what patrons want but with a cooler, there will be the possibility of pre-made sushi rolls; however, the overall menu will reflect brick-and-mortar offerings.
Naked Tchopstix plans to take the truck to IPFW and local hospitals.
The North Anthony Corridor group is hosting a block party and, as we all know, a good block party has good food.
The event, from 2 to 8 p.m. Sept. 7, will feature food and drink specials from some of the establishments on North Anthony Boulevard, north of Crescent Avenue. Among those participating are Old Crown Coffee Roasters, Firefly Coffee House, Atz’s and the Health Food Shoppe.
Mo Palmer, a member of the group, says culinary students from Ivy Tech will also provide nibbles at the beer and wine tent.
The event will take place along North Anthony Boulevard between Crescent Avenue and St. Joe River Drive. Part of the street will be blocked off, and some events will be set up in the parking lots in the area.
Big Apple Pizza, 1130 N. Wells St., is getting into the game and expanding its hours. The shop will be open Sundays for football season beginning Sept. 7. Hours will be from noon to 8 p.m., and a Sunday special will be offered.
Plan receipts have been filed with the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health for a Five Guys at 5830 W. Jefferson Blvd.