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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 1:00 am

Trubble Brewing now family-friendly

Kimberly Dupps Truesdell | For The Journal Gazette

So ... two babies sat at a bar.

Wait. Scratch that.

Two babies sat in a brewery, with Mom on one side and Keli Hankee on the other. Hankee, general manager and co-owner of Trubble Brewing, was making an exciting announcement.

The 2725 Broadway establishment worked with Indiana Excise to make changes to the layout, and it is now family-friendly.

“We were already welcoming kids on the patio, and we didn't want those patrons to have to stay away in the colder months,” Hankee says.

In Indiana, minors are not allowed in bars or taverns. To allow children onto the premises, restaurants must have a barrier or structure that deters free access to the bar area.

The change was approved Friday after a basic barrier was installed between the bar area and dining area. A more permanent barrier is planned when Trubble installs a few other interior updates soon, Hankee says, to mark its third anniversary.

Trubble opens at 11 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday, for lunch, brunch, dinner and entertainment.

It will mark its third annual Diversity Day on Saturday to highlight Fort Wayne's different races, cultures, abilities and beliefs. The event includes live paintings, belly dancing, music performances such as a Turkish lute and Spanish guitar and speakers. There are family-friendly performances from 4 to 7 p.m., and fire dancers and burlesque dancers close out the night.

The restaurant is partnering with the Indiana Special Olympics for the event.

Big-game buffet

Whether you are a fan of the New England Patriots or the Los Angeles Rams, or you just want to watch Adam Levine, the place to watch might be Rack & Helen's.

The New Haven bar is hosting a party Feb. 3 for Super Bowl LIII. There will be a buffet, exclusive drink specials and appetizers. The buffet, which costs $10, will feature pizza, wings, mini pigs in a blanket, ranch BLT pasta salad, macaroni salad and cole slaw. Drink specials include mix-and-match domestic buckets ($13), Budweiser pitchers ($8) and a Super Bowl Slammer, which is made with Southern Comfort, grenadine and diet Dr Pepper.

Carry-out specials are also available for people who want to host parties at home. Orders for items such as chicken wings, seven-layer dip, meatballs and Buffalo chicken dip must be placed a week in advance. Call 749-5396.

Tech dinner series

The Special Cuisine and Classical French Cuisine classes at Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne has announced its dinner series schedules for spring semester.

Students will be serving world-cuisine-themed meals for class credit in a project-based learning experience. The culinary students rotate through various positions in the kitchen and dining room, providing a full-service restaurant environment.

Dinners, which cost $20 a person, are served at 6 p.m., 6:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Thursdays.

The series kicks off this week with a menu inspired by the cuisine of China. Other meals will feature the cuisine of Southeast Asia (Jan. 31), Italy (Feb. 7), France (Feb. 14), Russia (Feb. 21) and Eastern Mediterranean (Feb. 28).

Beginning in April, the students will turn their focus to classical French preparation with dinners focusing on different styles and regions. Dinners will run each week April 4 through May 2.

Wine is available for $5 per glass or $15 per bottle.

Reservations are required 24 hours in advance; call 480-2002. Dinners are served in the Hospitality Room on the Coliseum Campus, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd.

The hospitality students will also open their bakery Tuesday.

The Bakery at Kelty's Kafé is part of the bakery merchandising class, and students will make and sell baked goods and will each serve as bakery manager for one week.

The Kafé will offer signature cinnamon rolls, cookies, muffins, bread, cupcakes, fresh fruit cups, coffee from Old Crown Coffee Roasters and more.

It is open 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays through March 5.

Around town

Zinnia's Bakehouse has officially moved to its downtown location. The bakery had a grand opening over the weekend inside Cottage Flowers, 236 E. Wayne St. Hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Hop River Brewing Co. will celebrate its first birthday with a party Feb. 9. The 1515 N. Harrison St. brewery will have beer, music, a special cake and more at the event, which will be noon to 10 p.m. Hop River will also debut its mug club.

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