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Rusty Dog adds more gluten-free options

Lee Bowers, owner of the Rusty Dog Irish Pub, made a deal with one of his customers. If he didn’t like the beer, Bowers would buy it, but the customer should at least try it.

The beer was an Estrella Damm DAURA, an import from Spain that had won accolades at the World Beer Awards – in the gluten-free category.

The customer, who had enjoyed beer before being diagnosed with celiac disease, was hesitant.

“He had three or four that night,” Bowers says.

But he wasn’t the only one who enjoyed it, prompting the Huntington pub, 32 N. Jefferson St., to expand its gluten-free offerings, which also include breads and buns. Bowers says he has added a second gluten-free beer – Redbridge – and additional hard ciders, with the list including Magner’s, Strongbow, Woodchuck 802 and Amber, Angry Orchard Apple Ginger and George Hornsby’s Amber.

The Rusty Dog has also introduced summer menu items – an 8-ounce grilled Ahi tuna steak with homemade mango pineapple salsa ($17.95) and a grilled orange roughy sandwich served with hand cut fries ($8.95).

BakerStreet special meals

Featuring produce from Graber Farms, BakerStreet is kicking off its Support Local Patio Dinner Series on Sunday.

The three-course dinner at the restaurant, 4820 N. Clinton St., will feature a layered 24-hour salad, Amish brick chicken and a fresh take on a perennial summer favorite – strawberry shortcake. The dessert will feature a chocolate chantilly cream, macerated strawberries and a mint-almond pesto.

Dan Smyth will provide music for the event, which begins at 5 p.m. Tickets cost $25.

The restaurant is also preparing for its latest 4820 Dinner Series.

The five-course wine dinner will take patrons down under, featuring dishes and wine from Australia.

It is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. June 24. Tickets cost $75.

Sub shop coming

“Opening soon,” states the Jersey Mike’s Subs website.

While the details are few about the latest fast-casual sub sandwich franchise to join the market, public relations representative Kyle Potvin said the company expects the restaurant to open this summer.

Jersey Mike’s is one of the fastest growing chains and serves East Coast-style subs, which are fresh sliced or fresh grilled for each customer.

“Our fans request their subs served Mike’s Way, with onions, lettuce, tomatoes and a signature blend of olive oil, red wine vinegar and spices,” Potvin says.

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