In the year since it opened, Conjure Coffee has transformed the intersection of Columbia Avenue, Lake Avenue and St. Joseph Boulevard from a quiet, often overgrown, parking lot into a destination.
The coffee shop, which opened in August 2016, has become a hot spot for coffee lovers and hipsters alike. It was named in the Food & Wine magazine piece about Fort Wayne's ascension in the cool rankings. It serves coffee roasted in small batches, artisan lattes and gourmet pastries from Hetty Arts.
Soon, there will be more as Conjure expands its space. Additional seating should be ready for patrons this weekend.
There are plans to add food to the menu but a kitchen build would have to be added first.
It appears that at least two restaurants have closed recently.
The Bob Evans at 520 Coliseum Blvd. E. and Fortune Buffet, 5507 Coldwater Road, are no longer open for business.
At Bob Evans, the phone number is no longer in use and messages direct callers to call the corporate office in Ohio. Messages seeking more information have not been returned.
Several readers have wrote in to ask about Fortune Buffet. It is closed, but I have not been able to get more details.
New and notable
A new restaurant has popped up on my morning commute.
Next to the Mon Asian Grocery on South Calhoun Street, Nirvana Taste Restaurant celebrated its grand opening Sunday. A banner outside the restaurant reports that the phone number is 444-2161.
Also new are two sweet spots at Glenbrook Square.
Carousel Ice Cream operates seasonal retail stores in New Haven and on East State Boulevard as well as the West Central Microcreamery. For the winter months, it will operate a kiosk at Glenbrook.
In the food court, The Kooz is serving up Thai hand-rolled ice cream and bubble tea. Ice cream flavors include Oreo, strawberry and key lime pie.
Today, four Fort Wayne Culver's locations as well as Culver's in Warsaw, will host a fundraiser for Honor Flight.
Culvers will donate 20 percent of sales from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. to Honor Flight Northeast Indiana.
The five Culver's franchises are owned by three independent groups. Bob and Sandy Giesler own Dupont and Washington Center locations; Maureen Hamilton is the owner of the West Jefferson Culvers; and Matt and Melyssa Lennington co-own the Stellhorn and Warsaw locations. The five spots combined have raised more than $55,000 to date in store sales and donations at the stores.
Honor Flight Board President Dennis Covert says “Culver's has been a long-standing partner with HFNEI and we are very appreciative of their support for the Honor Flight program. The two annual Culver's sponsored Honor Flight Days have become an important part of our fund-raising effort and we look forward to continuing our relationship with Culver's.”
Ninety-five percent of all donations go directly toward the veterans' trips to see the Washington, D.C., memorials built in their honor. Honor Flight NE Indiana, Inc. is a volunteer, nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization.
The weather might be chilly but things are heating up in the kitchen at Park Place on Main.
The downtown restaurant is hosting a Taste of the Bahamas from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. The event is part of its dinner series.
Chef Adam House will prepare four tapas-sized dishes that highlight the cuisine of the Caribbean island nation, and each will be prepared with a tropical drink.
Tickets are $40 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.com or through the restaurant's Facebook page.
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