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The Dish


Hoosier wines part of shop’s offerings

It’s not a bar and it’s certainly not a restaurant.

“It’s a quaint, different type of place,” says Rudy Mahara, co-owner of the eponymous Rudy’s.

The Queen Anne home at 409 W. Brackenridge St. is part retailer, part tasting area and part cigar shop with an emphasis on Indiana fare. Rudy’s is a DeBrand Fine Chocolates retailer and serves only Indiana wines and microbrews, including Satek 101 and Three Floyds. There’s also a walk-in humidor for cigar enthusiasts.

For $5, visitors can sample six wines or, for $1, a 1-ounce pour. Like it? Visitors can buy it by the bottle to take home or drink a glass in one of the two beer gardens or the tasting room inside the home.

Mahara said Rudy’s didn’t come from a grand vision but rather grew from a series of unrelated events – buying the house, a wine tasting with his wife in Madison and buying the assets of a cigar shop at auction.

“It just happened,” he says. “Nobody’s more surprised than I am.”

Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. It will also be a trolley stop on the West Central Home Tour on Sept. 7 and 8.

Panera a la carte

OK, so this might not be news to you but it was to me. And it was good news for this girl who has to keep an eye on her figure.

Panera Bread, which has two locations in Fort Wayne, has its half portions available a la carte. No more ordering a cup of soup (and requisite baguette) when all I want is a half Shrimp Salad Roll.

Soups, salads, sandwiches and paninis are available in the half portion, according to Panera’s website.

Zoo event sold out

A cold beer with the binturong. A glass of wine with the wildebeest. A cider with a clown fish.

The animals at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo might not be a person’s traditional drinking partners but they must be popular as it was just announced that the Zoo Brew & Wine Too is sold out.

Attendees of the Aug. 23 event will have the chance to sample food from more than 25 restaurants and unlimited sampling of dozens of beverages.

Entertainment will be provided by the Todd Harrold Band, James and the Drifters and Ivory West on three stages in the zoo.

Around town

•Plans for a Thai restaurant in the Shoppes on Illinois Road, 5129 Illinois Road, have been filed with the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health, and work is slated to begin next week. Thai Dinner, which will open in October, will serve Thai food, as well as Thai beer and wine.

•Today, Penn Station customers can receive a free 21-ounce fresh-squeezed lemonade (or fresh-brewed iced tea) with any sandwich purchase at participating locations.

•Fazoli’s announced that its second Breadsticks For Hunger Tour raised more than $58,000 for Feed the Children. Along with this cash donation, Fazoli’s will deliver more than 3 tons of pizza sticks to the hunger relief organization.

To celebrate, Fazoli’s will offer its Pasta Marinara for just 99 cents with the purchase of a drink on Thursday.

There are three Fazoli’s locations in Fort Wayne: 439 Coliseum Blvd. W., 6525 Stellhorn Road and 5909 Covington Road.

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