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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 1:00 am

Mother's Day seating already dwindling

Kimberly Dupps Truesdell | For The Journal Gazette

It was the Mother's Day jackpot – or so I had thought.

In doing my research for this column, I called one of my favorite restaurants to inquire about the availability of brunch reservations.

The hostess who answered reported that they did have tables available, for six, during prime brunching time (11:30 a.m. to noon).

“Is everyone in your party over 21?” she asked.

Well, no.

“Will you need any high chairs or boosters?” she asked.

Well, yes.

“Hold on. Let me ask my manager to see where we can squeeze you in.”

The best bet was 1 p.m., smack dab in the middle of my toddler's nap.

It seems that I couldn't do Mother's Day brunch the way I had hoped. Of course, I could leave the kids at home and eat in the bar, but that seems kind of wrong.

While options are becoming more limited as Mother's Day draws closer (it's May 14), with some events already sold out, families (adoring husbands and children, perhaps?) can still make plans.

Red River Steakhouse, 305 E. Washington Center Road, will have a brunch buffet 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the last seating at 2 p.m. There will be a carving station with prime rib; a chef-attended omelet station; entrees such as chicken with wine sauce and sauteed tilapia; breakfast items including scrambled eggs, bacon and biscuits and gravy; salads including a chilled shrimp cocktail and mixed green salad; fruit display; bakery table and dessert table. The cost is $23.95 for ages 13 and older; $17.95 for seniors; $13.95 for ages 5 to 12; and free for ages 4 and younger. Call 484-0411 for reservations.

Don Hall's Guesthouse, 1313 W. Washington Center Road, often has a buffet fitting for the Grand Dining Room. There are carving stations and flavorful entrees, dessert stations and an array of vegetables and potatoes. It will be 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information or to make reservations, call 489-2524.

• Sweeten the deal with a reservation at Granite City Food & Brewery. The restaurant at 3809 Coldwater Road, which is known for its caramel rolls, still has spots for its Mother's Day buffet. Call 471-3030 for reservations.

• The Oyster Bar, 1830 S. Calhoun St., typically serves brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Mother's Day, according to staff. Call 744-9490.


Hotel Tango might sound like an exotic hotel in Argentina or a dance studio, but here in Indiana, it's the name of an artisan distillery co-owned by a veteran of the Iraq war.

Named using the NATO phonetic alphabet – Hotel for Hilary and Tango for Travis, the distillery is based in Indianapolis and poised to release its newest spirit.

Bravo Bourbon features warm aromas of caramel, fig, toasted almond, oak and spice. There will be a launch party from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Tolon, 614 S. Harrison St. There also will be drink and food features using Hotel Tango spirits beginning at 4 p.m.

Twenty percent of the night's sales will go to benefit Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation, which focuses on helping homeless veterans return to self-sufficiency and engaging at risk veterans to prevent them from becoming homeless in Indiana.

Reservations are suggested for dinner; call 399-5128.


After a sold-out 2016 season, the Southwest Conservation Club is again hosting Bees & Brew.

The events, which are for ages 21 and older, will allow participants to explore honeybees hands-on fun. It will be in the outdoor science tent at the club, 5703 Bluffton Road.

Tickets are $35 and online reservations are required; go to Tickets include a DIY beeswax candle, a sample of raw honey, two glasses of honey wine or beer, light hors d'oeuvres, a tour of the apiary and a presentation about bees.

Bee fans and honey lovers can attend one of two nights June 9 or July 14. Events kick off both nights at 7 p.m.

Bees and Brew has been designed by on-staff educator Megan Ryan, who has her master's degree in education and a passion for pollinators.

This evening comes complete with two educators which allows each guest to have an intimate, fun and enjoyable evening.

The Dish features restaurant news and food events and appears Wednesdays. Fax news items to 461-8893, email or call 461-8304.