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The Dish


Trionfale Espresso adding downtown shop

Sean Wang, owner of Trionfale Espresso at 2910 E. Dupont Road, has always wanted to open a shop downtown. He just didn’t know where.

But with the opportunity to go into the former Loaf ‘N’ Ladle spot on South Calhoun Street, he had to take a chance.

“I think it’s a good start for us, and downtown,” Wang says. “I really think our style of coffee fits the downtown area good.”

Trionfale Espresso focuses on specialty coffee, he says, including latte art, manual pour coffee and fair trade brews. It buys grounds from a North Carolina company, Counter Culture, that works with artisan farmers.

Wang says the downtown shop, which he hopes to have open by the end of the year, will serve baked goods, such as muffins and biscotti, and brunch items such as quiche and strata.

For more information, go to the shop’s Facebook page,

Fall, winter menu

The Rusty Dog Irish Pub, 32 N. Jefferson St. in Huntington, recently introduced a new fall and winter dinner menu.

New dinner items include a 14 ounce smoked pork loin chop served with a Grand Marnier fire roasted Fuji apple compote; an 8-ounce choice flat iron Butler’s Steak; and Rusty Dog Nachos, made from fried potato slices, now available with a choice of grilled chicken or grilled steak. The Rusty Dog also began offering a eight Jacob’s Creek Vineyard wines by the bottle.

The Rusty Dog Irish Pub is open for lunch Tuesday through Friday and dinner Tuesday through Saturday.

Full hours and menus are available at

Chocolate fundraiser

Headwaters Counseling is hosting its 19th annual Chocolate Extravaganza on Friday.

The event includes a DeBrand Fine Chocolates tasting, hors d’oeuvres by Goeglein’s Catering and a cash bar by Licensed Bar Services. The evening will include a chocolate fountain, silent auction and new small live auction.

The event will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the IPFW International Ballroom.

Tickets are $50 each ($25 is tax deductible) and can be purchased by calling 744-4326 or going to All proceeds from the live and silent auctions and 50 percent of ticket sales go directly to Headwaters Counseling for their programs.

Around town

•Courtney’s Bakery has moved into its new storefront at 7773 Coldwater Road, near Cook Road and Northrop High School, and closed its original location at 10812 Coldwater Road. The new spot has seating, coffee and espresso drinks. It also has the bakery’s new cupcake flavors – Candied Sweet Potato, Sweet Corn Cranberry and Snickers.

•Bob Evans restaurants will donate 15 percent of sales to local hunger relief agencies Thursday as part of the Bob Evans Harvest Program. The restaurant has five locations in Fort Wayne.

On Monday, the restaurants will celebrate Veterans Day by giving veterans and active military personnel free all-you-can-eat hotcakes at its restaurants. Servicemen and women need to present a valid military ID to redeem the special.

•Panda Grill Chinese Buffet, 3929 E. State Blvd., has closed.

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