Tucanos Opening

Douglas Souza, spokesperson for Tucanos Brazilian Grill, showcases the newest restaurant at Jefferson Pointe. Video by Kimberly Dupps Truesdell, The Journal Gazette.

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The Green Frog Inn on Spring Street.

Longtime Green Frog owner to sell local bar

The building, the history, the pictures on the wall, the people who come there – those are the things Cindy Henry loves about the Green Frog Inn.

It's also those things that she hopes will stay when she sells the business at 820 Spring St.

Henry, who is the wife of Mayor Tom Henry, bought the tavern 13 years ago and didn't have grandchildren then. A growing family and a calendar packed with civic and social engagements have prompted her to put the business up for sale.

She doesn't have a time frame for the transaction but wants to sell the building, business and license outright rather than leasing it – and to the right person.

"I want to make sure someone loves it like I do," Henry says, adding that she wants the new buyer to appreciate the neighborhood and the city's German Catholic and German Lutheran roots.

Henry was a patron of the tavern, along with her husband, since the 1970s and she says she won't stop going once she turns over ownership.

"I will still come in and visit," she says. "It's not something I will stop enjoying."

Brazilian grill opens

The rotisserie grill was brought in from Brazil and festive Latin American music will play on the speakers.

But Tucanos Brazilian Grill, which opens at 5 p.m. today at Jefferson Pointe, will have some Fort Wayne flair on its salad festival.

Bryan Thomas, director of communications for the restaurant, says that the Shrimp Bahia offering is a recipe from Cynthia Presser, a Brazilian native and cookbook writer who lives in the city. He says the brand likes to find ways to localize itself when entering a new market and Presser's dish was a good fit.

Tucanos is a churrasco style restaurant, where grilled meats and pineapple are served tableside. Side dishes, salads and soups are available on the salad festival, and appetizers and desserts are also on the menu.

Diners pay for the churrasco experience, which is $21.95 for adults and $8.95 for children ages 7 to 12. Prices for lunch vary.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It is closed Sundays.

Thanksgiving offers

With two weeks until Thanksgiving, area restaurants are gearing up for the holiday.

•Don Hall's Guesthouse Hotel and Restaurant, 1313 W. Washington Center Road, will have a Thanksgiving Day buffet in its Grand Ballroom. Dishes will include garlic smashed potatoes, herb stuffing, sweet corn casserole, green beans with crispy onions and mushroom cream, smashed sweet potatoes with candied pecans and cakes and pies.

The main course includes roast beef and demi-glaze, hickory ham and roasted turkey. The cost is $19.99 for adults, and children ages 4 to 10 are $7.95. Children 3 years old and under are free. Reservations are required; call 489-2524.

•Potawatomi Inn at Pokagon State Park in Angola is hosting a Thanksgiving dinner buffet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Offerings include sweet potato bisque, salads, green bean casserole, roasted corn casserole, dressing, deviled blue crab, broiled cod with sundried tomato vinaigrette, carved roast beef, turkey and desserts. Cost is $23.95 for adults, those 65 and older are $19.95 and children ages 4 to 10 are $9.95. Reservations are required; call 260-833-1077.

•Blue Stack Smokehouse will have freshly smoked turkeys for Thanksgiving Day. Pick up will be between noon and 1 p.m. They will be 16 pounds and the cost is $50. Smoker space is limited; call 755-6328 to order.

•Crave, 2461 Hobson Road, will have whole smoked turkeys for the holiday. The all-natural birds, which will be 14 to 16 pounds, will be brined, rubbed with a spice blend and slow-smoked over cherry wood and charcoal. The cost is $49. Reserve by calling 471-9900.

Around town

•Phoenix, 1122 Broadway, celebrated its grand opening over the weekend. The restaurant is open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday and serves American fare, as well as a selection of craft beer, wine and cocktails.

•Captain Ron's Corral, 4530 Bluffton Road, is opening a second location in northeast Fort Wayne at 7225 Maplecrest Road in the former Marsh plaza. The restaurant is anticipated to be ready for business by the end of November. Check Captain Ron's Facebook page, www.facebook.com/pages/Captain-Rons-Corral, for updates.

•A franchise of Ben's Soft Pretzels, which has locations in Elkhart and Shipshewana, will open at Jefferson Pointe by the end of November.

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

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