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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 1:00 am

New kitchen, menu coming to Pedal City

Kimberly Dupps Truesdell | For The Journal Gazette

Although Pedal City got its start by offering friends and corporate groups the opportunity to pedal around Fort Wayne on bicycle bars, in the past four years, the business has grown to include a brick-and-mortar bar, menu and party van.

Soon, the next step for the business started by Janelle Ford will be a full kitchen at the 1215 W. Main St. entertainment spot. Pedal City has offered food made outdoors on a grill, but Ford has regularly fielded requests for a bigger menu.

A full kitchen, with hood and fryers, should be finished in a couple of weeks and will give Ford the chance to expand. Her hope is that she can find a talented, creative cook to lease the space.

“I'd really love to have a Caribbean flavor; something different than what's around,” Ford says.

For her, Caribbean-style cuisine would complement the mood she tries to create for guests – easygoing and fun. She wants guests to have an experience and do things to enjoy themselves.

The patio at Pedal City, which is for ages 21 and older, has games such as cornhole and pingpong and is dog friendly. It's open year-round from 3†p.m. to 1†a.m. Monday through Thursday, 10†a.m. to 3†a.m. Friday, 3†p.m. to 3†a.m. Saturday and 11†a.m. to 1†a.m. Sunday.

Also new for Pedal City this year are brewery tours in the party van. The tours typically have four stops such as Trubble Brewing, Mad Anthony Brewery, Hoppy Gnome and Junk Ditch Brewing. The locations offer samples and often provide behind-the-scenes looks for visitors.

2nd Banh Mi open

With brightly colored walls and succulents in tiny glass vases hanging from window frames, the crew at Banh Mi Barista has breathed new life into 1925 Fairfield Ave.

The restaurant, which opened its first location on Coldwater Road five years ago, opened its second spot last week in a former doughnut shop.

A Vietnamese sandwich shop, Banh Mi Barista is also known for its spring rolls, noodle dishes, bubble teas and smoothies.

Hours at the Fairfield shop are 10:30†a.m. to 8†p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10:30†a.m. to 9†p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 10†a.m. to 6†p.m. Sunday.

DeBrand in Indy

DeBrand Fine Chocolates is expanding its reach with a new store in Indianapolis. The store will be its first location outside of Fort Wayne.

Felderman Design-Build was awarded the design-build contract for the store, which will be next to The Fashion Mall at Keystone on River Crossing Boulevard.

Around town

Junk Ditch Brewery is kicking off its patio series today. On the last Wednesday of the month, the series will feature a wine tasting and a spread of small plates. Tickets are $50 and include food, a tasting of wine and one glass of wine. Highlights from tonight's menu include Malpeque and Summerside Oysters on the half shell, shrimp cocktail, wood-fired lobster rolls, octopus fritters and Rosť & Bubbles tasting. Call Junk Ditch at 203-4045 for information and to check on ticket availability.

Two EE's Winery in Huntington is getting patriotic with its latest wine slushy. The red, white, and blue wine drinks will be available today through Tuesday for $8. A dollar from the sale of each slushy will go to the Our Turn to Serve fundraiser for Indiana veterans.

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