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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 1:00 am

Bakery's move means more stability, space

Kimberly Dupps Truesdell | For The Journal Gazette

Mint green, pastel pink, purple – those are the colors of a traditional bakery.

But Krysta Young didn't want to do what other bakeries have done before ... what she had done before.

For the new storefront for her business, Sassie Cakes at 1014 Broadway, Young wanted to do something different. And so she went with a scheme that is unexpected and the opposite direction of her previous location on Lower Huntington Road.

The bakery is decorated in gold, black and royal blue. On Saturday, fans and can get a peek as Sassie Cakes will celebrate its new location with a grand opening party.

The event, which will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will include $1 cupcakes, samples and door prizes.

Young has been making cakes for more than 10 years and opened her shop on Lower Huntington Road in 2014. The shop in the Waynedale area was by appointment only and served as a space to make wedding cakes and cupcakes among other sweet treats.

The move to Broadway allows Young to have more kitchen space and have regular hours. Tentatively, the shop will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

“We're going to play around with it,” she says.

The shop will sell cupcakes, mini cakes, cookies, seasonal items such as brownies and – wait for it – cookie dough by the scoop.

Young, who has been looking for a spot near downtown for some time, hopes Sassie Cakes will become a fun place for people to hang out and give her the opportunity to grow her business beyond custom-order cakes.

Parking is available on the side of the building and in the front.

Flanagan's sold

“Paint your own Blue Moon glass tomorrow starting at 6:00.”

The Facebook post on Aug. 9 from Flanagan's Restaurant & Pub, 6525 Covington Road, was nothing out of the ordinary.

But the notice on the door that the landmark restaurant in Fort Wayne was closing did seem out of the blue.

As recent as the end of July, the restaurant had advertised that it was looking for line cooks and other staff.

The restaurant that had been open for nearly 30 years closed Sept. 3. The note said that it had been purchased and would be reopening.

Attempts to contact the owners were not successful.

Pizzeria no more

Rosati's has permanently closed its location at Jefferson Pointe.

The restaurant, which opened last fall, had posted that it would be temporarily closed in August.

However, the voice mail recording for the Chicago-based restaurant chain announced that the location is permanently closed.

According to the corporate office, the owner has another restaurant in Indiana and the distance between the locations made it difficult to maintain the quality of both restaurants.

Indeed, the local restaurant had faced challenges since it opened. It had advertised multiple grand reopenings with new management, including one in April, and it had a mass hiring event in March.

New chef

In an effort to elevate the dining experience of the local catering scene, Empyrean Events and Catering has brought on a new executive chef – Javier Aguirre.

Augirre has more than 19 years of experience and has worked all over the world, including Argentina, Italy, Spain and the United States. He has worked with giants in the culinary world, such as Wolfgang Puck, during this time.

“We are beyond excited to bring Chef Javier on board,” says Renee Miner, chief event designer for Empyrean.

“He possesses an incredible mixture of experience, education and passion. Our clients are going to love the creativity and international experience he brings to their special events.”

Empyrean, which is in the former Summit Club, 110 W. Berry St., in downtown Fort Wayne, offers full-service on- and off-premise catering and event design.

Food, wine series

Park Place on Main is hosting a dinner and wine series, and the first installment will be Saturday.

Executive Chef Adam House will showcase the flavors of Quebec in the four-course meal, which will also feature wine pairings.

The meal will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the downtown restaurant, 200 E. Main St.

The cost is $40 a person. Call 420-8633 for reservations.

Around town

Waynedale Bakery, 2610 Lower Huntington Road, will have specials for the Rosh Hashanah holiday. Available for pickup Sept. 20 will be round Challah bread ($3 loaf) and a raisin variety ($3.50 a loaf).

Call 747-2992 to order.

Huddle House in New Haven is adding a southern flair to its breakfast menu with four new barbecue items. Through Oct. 29, the dishes available will be a Southern BBQ Platter, Smoked Pulled Pork Platter, Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich and Smoked Pulled Pork Omelet.

The all-day breakfast diner has also added two flavors to its Stuffed Hashbrowns line – Smoked Pulled Pork and Crispy Chicken & Country Gravy.


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