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End of the world? Crack open a few beers

Friday may or may not mark the end of the world, but the folks at RateBeer Weekly – “a weekly roundup for craft beer enthusiasts” – call themselves a cautious bunch. To make sure beer lovers were prepared, the newsletter put together a list of doomsday brews to help you get through the apocalypse.

Consider it a last beverage to accompany your last meal.

Mike Lang, with Cap n’ Cork’s corporate office, says Cap n’ Cork locations carry beers by two of the following brewers. Phone calls to Belmont Beverages corporate offices were not returned.

•Stone Enjoy By IPA (12-21-12) – This beer is not brewed to last, and there’s a batch of it that expires Friday. (Lang says some local stores have Stone beers in.)

•Cigar City Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout – “Hunahpu” is a figure in Mayan folklore and a mythical source of cocoa.

•BrewDog Tactical Nuclear Penguin

•Lost Abbey Judgment Day

•Goose Island Xocolatl – That’s “show-CO-lah-tul,” or an Aztec chocolate. (Lang says Cap n’ Cork does carry Goose Island beers, but not Xocolatl.)

•Elysian Cthulhu Porter – Cthulhu, pronounced “kuh-THOOL-hoo,” is a big ol’ cosmic creature with a bunch of tentacles created by H.P. Lovecraft in 1926.

New restaurants

•Comfort Food Delivered (3201 Stellhorn Road) has plans to open a location – its second in the area – in the Rousseau Centre, formerly the City-County Building (1 E. Main St.). Owner Tammi McKee has set a projected opening date of Jan. 7.

Comfort Food is a catering company that makes and delivers lunch to downtown businesses and surrounding companies and is based out of the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center on Stellhorn Road and is not open for entry by the public. The new restaurant, which McKee is referring to as Comfort Food Café, is more of a cafeteria-style setup, where customers can order food and eat in. She says the food will be “diner type.”

The café will also have delivery, though the menu will differ from that at Comfort Food Delivered, where menus contain items as varied as homemade quiche, grilled chicken sandwiches and salads.

The standardized café menu will change seasonally, McKee says, and feature daily specials. Both locations will deliver to their surrounding areas, though McKee foresees the first location specializing in catering.

•A second Moe’s Southwest Grill opened in Fort Wayne, at 1808 W. Dupont Road. It is on the corner of West Dupont and Lima roads. The other Moe’s is at 6739 W. Jefferson Blvd.

Closings

The following restaurants have had out-of-business reports filed by the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health:

•Joe’s Dogs, 209 S. Main St., Columbia City

•Orange Garden, 3710 E. State Blvd.

•Sushi West, 4036 Coldwater Road, which has been closed for months for remodeling, according to paperwork displayed in restaurant windows

Cookies with Mrs. Claus

Zia’s Italian Café (300 E. Washington Blvd.) will host Christmas cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday. The cost is $3 a child, and Zia’s owner Anna Barile is also asking parents to bring a pet food donation for the Allen County SPCA Animal Shelter. The cost per child will cover the cookies, and any additional funds will also be donated to the shelter.

Santa will also be on hand for photos for an additional $5.

Make reservations for cookie decorating by noon Friday by calling 740-9981.

Fundraiser

Fourteen Olive Garden restaurants will deliver food to Indiana Boys and Girls Clubs in their communities from 5 to 6 p.m. today. The local restaurant (315 Coliseum Blvd. W.) is delivering food to three area Boys and Girls Clubs.

DeBrand holiday tours

Over the holidays, DeBrand Fine Chocolates will have extended tour hours at its Auburn Road shop, 10105 Auburn Park Drive. Tours will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 26 through Dec. 29.

Regular tours are 10 a.m. Tuesdays and 1 p.m. Thursdays. They last 30 to 45 minutes and cost $5 a person and come with a $5 coupon good on any $10 purchase.

Holiday menu items

Eddie Merlot’s (1502 Illinois Road South) has introduced a new menu for the holidays, which will be available through Dec. 31.

The menu includes a variety of filets and other entrées plus a dessert, including a tomahawk ribeye, a surf and turf entrée and a holiday ice cream pie.

Free tasting

This week’s Cap n’ Cork tasting is from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Coldwater Road store (5430 Coldwater Road). It includes 12 beers (including Shock Top End of the World Wheat … maybe we need to add that to RateBeer’s list?), 12 wines and 12 liquors, most of which are some kind of holiday flavor, such as Evan Williams Egg Nog, Burnett’s Candy Cane Vodka and Black Velvet Toasted Caramel Whiskey.

The Dish features restaurant news and food events and appears Wednesdays. Fax news items to 461-8893, email jyouhana@jg.net or call 461-8462. For more restaurant news, go to The Dish blog at www.journalgazette.net/thedish.

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