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Downtown Deli to close as owner exits

Fans of Downtown Deli and Marketplace were sad and crushed to learn that the restaurant nestled inside Cottage Flowers will be closing Friday.

Owner Amy Pinckney announced the news on the deli’s Facebook page, sharing that she has taken a position with Don Hall’s Restaurants.

“I never really intended to own a restaurant, but I realized that truly healthy eating options were few and far between in the Fort Wayne area,” she wrote. “When the opportunity presented itself to help to change that, I couldn’t turn away.”

Pinckney had brought knowledge and recipes garnered from time at the Health Food Shoppe on North Anthony to the deli, 236 E. Wayne St., creating a menu of flavorful soups – including the Curried Quinoa and Thai Chicken Noodle – and gluten-free options.

She hopes to pass the “torch and keep Downtown Deli alive,” seeking someone to resume operations.

Cookies go to Emmys

Vanilla Bean Unique Cookies has some swagger. Or maybe swag is appropriate.

The bakery announced their cookies will be in this year’s Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards gift bags. More than 1,000 guests will receive the swag bags, which will include a Margarita Sandwich Cookie or a Clementine Sandwich Cookie.

“We were thrilled to be invited by the Daytime Emmy Awards,” said Sandra Wharton, co-owner of Vanilla Bean Unique Cookies. “Television stars and network executives on the other side of the country will have the opportunity to experience our cookies.”

To celebrate, Vanilla Bean is hosting an open house from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at its 3410 N. Anthony Blvd. store. Guests will get a peek at the gifts sent to the awards.

The Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards are Sunday in Beverly Hills and air at 8 p.m. on HLN.

Italian favorites

Hoping to bring a big taste of Little Italy to Huntington, owners Rich Najuch and Joel Froomkin have opened the doors of ThEatery.

The restaurant, 528 N. Jefferson St. in downtown Huntington, began service recently and features Italian dishes the owners came to love while living in New York.

A flatbread with homemade Italian sausage, oven dried tomatoes, fresh mushrooms, roasted garlic aioli and an Italian cheese blend is among the lunch offerings, which also include pasta, sandwiches and soup. Desserts include Italian classics tiramisu and cannoli, as well as an amaretto crème brûlée, all of which are made in house, according to manager Tia Jackson.

Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and dinner is from 5 to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Curly’s reopens

“It could have been much, much worse,” Tina Brown says.

The co-owner of Curly’s Village Inn was excited and busy Thursday, getting the 4205 Bluffton Road bar and restaurant back to business. A lightning strike May 31 caused a small fire in the upstairs of the building, near the front. While the kitchen and bar were not affected by the blaze, Curly’s did have to close for about five days to repair the damage and replace drywall.

Brown credits the quick work of firefighters from preventing the spread of the fire and causing further damage.

Curly’s is open 1 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Father’s Day buffet

Don Hall’s Guesthouse is firing up the grill so Dad doesn’t have to.

The restaurant, 1313 W. Washington Center Road, will serve an all-you-can-eat barbecue buffet Sunday for Father’s Day. The lineup includes mesquite pork chops, sweet-and-tangy barbecue, fire-grilled burgers, pit beans, cole slaw and corn on the cob.

The cost is $13.95 for adults and $7.95 for children ages 2 to 10. Walk-ins are welcome but to make reservations, call 489-2524, ext. 413.

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