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Wednesday, December 05, 2018 1:00 am

West Coast Grill to open for Christmas

Kimberly Dupps Truesdell | For The Journal Gazette

Lee Truong, owner of West Coast Grill, was standing in front of a marker board. His eyes would look down at his smartphone and then back up to the board where he was writing a message. Usually, it features daily specials but on Monday, he was writing the holiday hours.

“Are you good at drawing?” he asked me as I waited for my carry-out order.

I looked at him apologetically and emphatically told him no. One thing I am not good at: Drawing.

But I am rather good at asking questions, and his message definitely piqued my interest. He was advertising that his restaurant on South Calhoun Street would be open on Christmas Day.

The restaurant has seating for about 100 since Truong added additional space this year, and he anticipates business to be brisk. He says that a friend who owns a Chinese restaurant has seen guests wait up to two hours on Christmas Day.

As we prepare for the holidays, here are some other offerings to consider:

• Copper Spoon, 301 W. Jefferson Blvd., will host the Holly Jolly Holiday Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 23. The event, which is family friendly – a first for the spot next to Parkview Field formerly known as Wine Down – will include a special themed menu from new executive chef Aaron Butts, as well as general manager and beverage director Trevor Scovel. Reservations are required; call 755-1019.

Angel's Cafe, 6532 E. State Blvd. in Georgetown, will be open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Waynedale Bakery, 2610 Lower Huntington Road, has lots of holiday sweets to choose from with treats such as iced sugar cookies and gingerbread men, covered pretzels, springerles (German biscuits) and loaves of stollen (a German-style fruit bread).

Orders are recommended but the cases should feature shelves full of goodies. The bakery also offers customized trays. Call 747-2992.

Waynedale Cafe, 5700 Bluffton Road, will be open on Christmas Day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.

Restaurant owners or managers who would like to see holiday specials and hours in this column should email kdupps@jg.net as soon as possible.

Salvatori's sold

If you are a fan of Salvatori's Authentic Italian Eatery, it might be surprising to find out that founder Sam Leto has sold the restaurant's two locales. But have no fears, because the new owners know what they are doing.

Leto, who started humbly next to a gas station along Lincoln Highway in New Haven in 2006 before adding a second store in the Shoppes of Scott Road six years later, is leaving to spend more time with his family, he said. The new owners are Panos and Stephanie Bourounis, who own Cosmos House of Pancakes on St. Joe Center Road.

Panos is a second-generation restaurateur who helped his father start the first Cosmos, and the couple also opened Hideout 125 in Pine Valley Shopping Center in 2014 before selling it a year ago. Stephanie said they have always been fans of Salvatori's and when Leto made them an offer, they jumped at it because they were looking for another opportunity since leaving Hideout 125.

The Salvatori's name will remain as will the menu and the employees.

“We're not touching them,” Stephanie said of the restaurants, adding she will only tweak the service and hopes to improve the bar so it is closer to Hideout 125's.

Leto also said he is not done serving his family's Italian food, but it will be a while before he starts a new venture, at least in Allen County, because he agreed to a no-compete clause with the new owners.

Taiwan food event

Joseph Decuis is hosting the second dinner in its series celebrating foods from different countries and cultures.

The flavors and cuisine from Taiwan will be featured Friday, with Rosa Ko talking about the foods she grew up with.

Ko's family owned and ran an Asian fusion restaurant in Chicago recommended by Michelin, and she missed the restaurant atmosphere. As the host for this dinner, Ko worked closely with Joseph Decuis executive chef Marcus, reviewing ideas for the menu.

Guests will be served a bubble tea before enjoying appetizers, including pork belly sandwiches, steamed veggie baos, tea eggs and fried chicken bites. A beef noodle soup will be served, and entree options include Three cup chicken; pork belly with rice; vegetarian shitake and black bean noodles. Dessert will be honey cake and sweet tofu custard.

Reservations are required; call 260-672-1715.

Also, mark your calendar for Joseph Decuis' Tibetan New Year celebration Jan. 17 in anticipation of its actual 2019 new year on Feb. 5. The Tibetan Buddhist monks from Gaden Khachoe Ching Monastery near Bloomington will be in Roanoke to help prepare classic Tibetan foods. Donations will go to the monastery.

New coney place

Coney dog lovers, your holiday wishes have come true. Well, assuming that your list included another place to enjoy a tasty dog.

Cabin Fever Coneys opened on Monday at 930 Goshen Road in a log cabin-style building.

The new restaurant is the inspiration of the mother-daughter entrepreneurial team of Linda Neuhaus, who has a background in food service, and Kristy Campbell, who is a real estate agent.

“We serve an area that does not have a coney presence, and our vision is a place that is homey for everyone to visit and enjoy,” Campbell says.

In addition to coney hot dogs featuring Neuhaus' own secret coney sauce, Cabin Fever Coneys also will offer bratwurst, sloppy Joes and pulled-pork sandwiches, chili soup and chili casserole, french fries and chips. A unique offering will be a veggie dog for vegetarian and vegan customers. For dessert, there will be soft-serve ice cream.

Winter hours for Cabin Fever Coneys will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with expanded summer hours, including Sundays, next spring.

Around town

• Crossroads Kombucha, a Fort Wayne based-beverage manufacturer, has brewed a limited-edition kombucha to benefit Toys for Tots. 

The Blackberry and Vanilla Bean brew will be tapped next week and available at 2Toms Brewing, all Chapman's brewing taprooms and HT2. Tom Brookshire, Crossroads president, says he hopes to raise $4,000 for Toys for Tots from the kombucha sales.

Hardee's will open its newest location in Fort Wayne on Friday. The restaurant, which will share space with a Subway, will be at South Calhoun Street and Rudisill Boulevard.

• The frozen yogurt shop Zoyo has closed. The shop, which was in the same plaza as Target off Illinois Road, was open for three years.

Casa restaurants debuted a new menu of features this week. Offerings include Ultimate BLT Pizza and apple crisp for dessert. The menu runs through Jan. 28.

Ryan DuVall of The Journal Gazette contributed to this column.

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.