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The Dish


Sauce is a secret at barbecue restaurant

Ricky Bunch has been making his popular barbecue sauce for a long time, he says. The recipe for the sweet and smoky blend – a secret, of course – was passed to him by his father.

And now he's doing something to pass on to his kids.

Bunch is opening A Bunch of Bones, a carry-out restaurant at 3213 St. Joe Road in Riviera Plaza. A grand opening is scheduled for Tuesday and hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

"I wanted to leave something for my children," says Bunch, who has also been operating MobileMissions since 2003. The nonprofit caters food – including barbecue – to homeless and displaced people.

Bunch's sauce will be served up on ribs, chicken and brisket, and the menu will include brats, corn, baked beans and greens. For something sweet, he'll have sweet potato pie, banana pudding and cake. He's also been working on something he says might be A Bunch of Bones' signature item – barbecue nachos.

Three of Bunch's six children will work at A Bunch of Bones and two who are still in school will help out when they can. They don't have to be involved, he says, but he wants them to know it's there for them.

German classics

Cornell Taubert has gone to culinary school, operated hotels and traveled the world, but he is now cooking his childhood favorites in a kitchen on West Main Street.

Das Schnitzelhaus, 1522 W. Main St., offers authentic German fare such as beef rolls – which are filled with pickles, onions and bacon – schnitzel, spaetzle and sauerkraut.

"I'm back cooking, like old style, what I learned first from my mother, grandmother," says Taubert, who grew up in northeast Germany on the East Sea. "I'm not cooking culinary style."

Taubert says he is making everything from scratch, including the Black Forest cake and red cabbage – not from a jar.

The lunch and dinner menus feature sandwiches, soups and entrées, which range in price from $5 to $16.50. Lunches are served with cole slaw and dinners come with a house salad.

Das Schnitzelhaus is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday. For information, go to the restaurant's Facebook page at

Menu changes

The Acme Bar and Grill is making some smoking changes to its menu.

Joining the tenderloin sandwich are items prepared in the restaurant's Ole Hickory Pit smokehouse. A barbecue sampler platter ($12.99) features rubbed brisket, 18-hour smoked pork and smoked chicken wings, and a basket ($9.99) features three rib bones. Acme uses a western cut rib, which is a bigger cut with more meat, director of operation Martin Lewis says.

When creating the items, Lewis said that they wanted to make the smoked meats more accessible to patrons who might be hesitant.

The appetizer menu now includes homemade meatballs ($5.59) and a spinach-artichoke dip ($6.99) served with locally made sundried tomato basil bread, although varieties change.

Acme, 1105 E. State Blvd., is also hosting a cancer benefit for Jennifer "Fred" Blevins on Saturday. A portion of all sales that day will benefit the Blevins family.

For more information, go to

Around town

•Vanilla Bean Unique Cookies & Cupcakes will be closed from Monday through July 5 as the owners and staff will be in New York exhibiting at the Summer Fancy Food Show. The retail store, 3410 N. Anthony Blvd., will reopen July 8. Fourth of July orders placed and paid for by Thursday can be picked up between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. July 3.

•DeBrand Fine Chocolates has announced its public tour schedule for the Fort Wayne Newspapers Three Rivers Festival. Open tours will be available 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 12 to July 20 and noon to 5 p.m. July 21 at the Auburn Road location, 10105 Auburn Park Drive. Tours are $5 a person with a $5 rebate off a $10 purchase. For information, call 969-8330 or go to

Out of business

According to the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health, the following restaurants have closed:

•The Salad Club, 6443 W. Jefferson Blvd.

•PJ's Sports Pub and Grub, 5520 Old Decatur Road

•La Rosita Ice Cream, 4111 Hessen Cassel Road

•Weezy's Ice Cream, 4201 N. Wells St.

•La Familia Restaurante, 1901 Bluffton Road

•Burger King, 413 E. Dupont Road


Because of a reporting error, an item in The Dish column on Page 1D of Wednesday's print editions was incorrect. The Coney Dog Café, 357 Lincoln Highway E., is not closed. The restaurant's hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Find them on Facebook at

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