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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 1:00 am

Long wait for P.F. Chang's may be over

Kimberly Dupps Truesdell | For The Journal Gazette

When I took over this column almost five years ago, one of the first emails I received was asking about when the city would become home to a P.F. Chang's location.

The reader had a heard a rumor that one would be built here. Another reader sent an email making a similar inquiry because she had been to one in another city and enjoyed the food.

And so it would go. Every few months, a reader or friend would ask about the upscale Asian restaurant that is a sort of destination dining spot for some Fort Wayne residents.

Every so often, I would email the corporate offices for P.F. Chang's just to check. The answer was always no.

But now, it looks like the Arizona-based, privately held restaurant group will open a location in the city this year. Details are tightly under wraps, but corporate officials have confirmed the addition, according to other local media outlets.

Messages requesting comment for The Journal Gazette were not returned by deadline for this column.

There are more than 210 restaurants in the United States, including airport locations, as well as 66 international restaurants.

P.F. Chang's, which began in 1993, is known for its lettuce wraps, dim sum, Mongolian beef and honey shrimp.

Brunch at Merlot's

Eddie Merlot's, the upscale restaurant at Jefferson Pointe, is now serving Sunday brunch.

The menu will include soups and starters, sandwiches and entree salads. Brunch dishes include a smoked salmon Benedict, featuring a fried green tomato, lemon herb garlic aioli, sauteed spinach and an Old Bay hollandaise; Eddie's Tenderloin Hash with Cajun beef tenderloin, red pepper and onion, fried eggs, potatoes, Sriracha aioli and pepper jack; and Belgian waffles.

For Easter on April 1, a special brunch buffet will be available. A hot buffet will include vegetables, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, chicken marsala, roasted salmon and shrimp scampi. Brunch items will include Lyonnaise potatoes, frittata, crème brûlée French toast, waffle station, made-to-order omelets and bacon and sausage. There will also be a salad station, seafood station, assorted desserts and pastries and carving station with filet mignon, rack of lamb and ham.

The cost of the Easter brunch is $49.95 for adults, $14.95 for children younger than 12 and free for kids 3 and younger. Brunch items on other Sundays are priced individually.

Reservations are available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays through April 29.

Easter at Triangle Park

Don Hall's Triangle Park, 3010 Trier Road, will be open for Easter, offering brunch and dinner menus. 

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Sunday Brunch menu includes steak and eggs, eggs Benedict, biscuits and sausage gravy, quiche and other breakfast specials. The dinner menu, which will be available from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., will feature steak, seafood, sandwiches and salads, as well as children's items. 

In addition, there will be a baked Ossian ham dinner that will come with au gratin potatoes, vegetables and salad. It will cost $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and $6 for children. 

Reservations are recommended; call 482-4342.

Brewed IN tickets

Early-bird tickets for Brewed IN will go on sale April 2. The craft beer festival will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Sept. 8 at Headwaters Park East. It will feature adult beverages from Indiana breweries, meaderies and cideries,

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