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The Dish


East Coast transplants open sandwich shop

Yvonne Roe and her fiancé, Larry Coleman, made the decision to relocate from the East Coast to Roanoke after seeing other family members make the move.

When they settled into the area a year and a half ago, though, the couple found themselves missing home – a taste of home.

So last month, they opened A Taste of Philly, 4227 E. Station Road in Roanoke.

The restaurant, which has limited seating and is primarily carry-out, has a full-service deli and serves East Coast-style subs and hot and cold sandwiches.

The favorite, Roe says, has been the Philadelphia cheesesteak, which can be made to a customer’s specifications – cheese whiz or melted American slices.

The cold Italian sandwich is also popular and made with imported ham.

“We have the rolls shipped in,” Roe says. “They are very light and airy – so you’re not eating a bread sandwich.”

Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday; call 260-672-0550.

Themed dinner set

Ivy Tech Community College culinary students are taking taste buds south of the border with a Mexican- and South American-themed dinner Thursday night.

The menu, created and prepared by students in the Special Cuisines class, will feature five courses and dishes such as stuffed poblano peppers, chilled cream of avocado soup, crab and avocado ravioli and orange mousse with mescal.

The dinner, in the hospitality room of the Coliseum campus, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd., costs $20 a person, cash or check only. Wine is available at an extra cost.

Reservations are required and will be taken for times between 5 and 6:30 p.m.; call 480-2002 at least 24 hours in advance.

O’Charley’s pie

O’Charley’s, 1220 Illinois Road, is celebrating the addition of five pie options with “Free Pie Wednesdays.”

With an entrée purchase, customers can choose a slice of ooey-gooey caramel, country apple, double-crust peach, French silk or Southern pecan.

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According to reports from the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health, Rancho Grande, 10366 Leo Road, and Lon Sen Chinese Buffet, 1583 W. Dupont Road, have closed. The phone numbers for both businesses were disconnected.

Other restaurant closings:

•Indiana Family Restaurant, 1535 Coliseum Blvd. N.

•Cricket’s Tavern, 120 W. Seventh St., Auburn

•China Buffet, 1016 W. Seventh St., Auburn

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