Skip to main content

The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 1:00 am

New Brooks spot features family sauce

Kimberly Dupps Truesdell | For The Journal Gazette

It took years for Cameron Brooks to perfect the barbecue sauce that came from decades of recipes handed down from his grandmother.

With his new location of Brooks BBQ and Chicken, he's making good on a promise he made to share her family-famous vinegar sauce with the masses.

Brooks BBQ and Chicken opened this month at 2518 Winter St. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Though the business has been around for some time, it had been serving wings, ribs, rib tips and turkey tips at 509 E. Jefferson Blvd. inside the BP gas station this spring. The dishes are family recipes with a new-school spin.

Diners at the Winter Street location can also indulge in macaroni and cheese, baked beans, potato salad, cole slaw and greens from the Growing Minds Urban Farm.

Find the restaurant on Facebook under Brooks BBQ and Chicken.

Curly's opening early

After a hard day's work, sometimes you just want to head out for a beer. But what happens when you work third shift and get off at 6 a.m.? Head home and open a cold one while your family eats pancakes?

Well, the crew at Curly's Village Inn is responding to multiple requests from guests and amending its hours. On Fridays, the bar at 4205 Bluffton Road will open at 7 a.m.

“Our third shifters deserve to start their weekend off the same as everyone else,” a post on Facebook says.

Biking for burgers

A Fort Wayne cyclist is on a quest to discover the perfect burger, and he's hitting the road to find it.

On Monday, Gavin Saxer stopped at Don Hall's Gashouse to begin the trek that will take him through northern Indiana and southern Michigan.

Saxer has been riding a bike since he was 3 years old and has competed in BMX, road and criterium races.

“Nothing satisfies me after a long bike ride quite like a good hamburger,” Saxer says in a written statement, “but I'm not starting this journey to find a good burger. I'm looking for the perfect burger, and I don't plan on coming back to Fort Wayne until I've found it.”

As he travels, he plans sticking to side roads and bike trails. He plans to provide daily updates on his journey at

The Quest for the Perfect Burger is sponsored by Aunt Millie's, a family-owned company headquartered in Fort Wayne.

Birthday brewing

Trubble Brewing will celebrate its one-year anniversary with a party July 1.

The event will include bands, vendors and beer (of course). The brewery at 2725 Broadway will bring some of its menu favorites for the event, as well, such as Granny After Dark and Bird and Burger.

The beer will start flowing at 11 a.m., and all ages will be welcome outside. There is free admission until 7 p.m. After 7, the party will cost $10.

Caleo Cafe open

Marc and Irene Ulbrich have lived all over the world but now they are bringing part of the world to northeast Indiana.

Irene, a native of Lima, Peru, says she was inspired to open and run a small business that would spotlight her birthplace and her love of coffee.

In May, the couple opened the doors to Caleo Cafe in downtown Angola, with store hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The cafe at 113 W. Maumee St. serves coffees made from coffee beans imported from Peru and other coffee-growing countries and roasted in Indiana. Caleo's house coffee is made from coffee beans grown in Chanchamayo, Peru.

In addition to coffee, the shop offers teas and other beverages; breakfast items such as bagels, croissants, and yogurt parfaits; and a biscuit-and-gravy special Fridays and Saturdays. The lunch menu has homemade soup-and-sandwich specials, along with wraps, salads and a selection of baked goods.

For more information on Caleo Cafe, go to the company's Facebook page, which is listed under Caleo Cafe Angola.

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