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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 1:00 am

Downtown space is ready after remodel

Kimberly Dupps Truesdell | For The Journal Gazette

The newest dining concept in downtown Fort Wayne is ready for business.

Conner's Kitchen + Bar opens at 11 a.m. today, and the restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with offering happy hours and weekend brunch.

The restaurant is at the corner of West Jefferson Boulevard and Harrison Street downtown, immediately next to the Courtyard by Marriott and the Hampton Inn & Suites set to open in July.

The opening of Conner's follows a complete remodel of the former Champions Sports Bar space and is the concept's second location in Indiana.

The menu features Midwest comfort food, such as lemon buttermilk pancakes, lump crab hushpuppies and smoked chicken wings. Lunch options include the Green Goddess, with kale, snap peas, celery, avocado, pistachios and herb dressing. For dinner, there's hickory smoked baby back ribs and Southern fried chicken with a hot-honey drizzle among other dishes.

Hours will be 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to midnight Friday, 7 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday.

D'lightfuls to close

After less than a year in operation, D'lightfuls Deli & Tea House will close this week.

The South Calhoun Street eatery is operated by Donna Kessler, who was known for Calhoun Street Soups, Salads & Spirits.

D'lightfuls opened to serve as an alternative lunch spot to CS3, serving the fare that Kessler had originally hoped to offer when she got into the business.

But when CS3 closed this summer, her business moved entirely to D'lightfuls.

The last day of business will be Thursday, but Kessler will continue to take specialty cake and other dessert orders, host tea parties and serve small catering events. She will also supply baked goods to Savery Vegan Grill, 3 Rivers Co-op and, soon, Neat Neat Neat Records.

Correction

Because of a reporting error, incorrect information was in The Dish last week.

The team at Zinnia's Bakehouse will have Mardi Gras treats available for pickup from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at Hop River Brewing Co. Beignets will be $4 for four; paēzki (Bavarian, strawberry, raspberry and plain) are $1.80 each; and King Cake will be $25.

The downtown bakery inside Cottage Flowers will also have a pre-game Mardi Gras event on Saturday. The same menu of options will be available for pickup between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. at 236 E. Wayne St.

Orders should be placed in advance to guarantee selection; call 483-4765.

Around town

• A sign of spring has arrived. The Stand Coneys and Ice Cream, 5200 Bluffton Road, is open for business.

NOLA on 13, 101 E. Washington Blvd., will host a Mardi Gras event on Tuesday. For $39.95, guests will be treated to live music, boiled crawfish and shrimp, corn and potatoes. There will be other menu items available, including po boys, gumbo and bread pudding. NOLA on 13 will open at 5 p.m. for the event.

• For a limited time, Northwoods Walleye is back at Culver's. The Northwoods Walleye, which is popular during Lent and fresh-caught, is hand-battered and fried after ordering.

Park Place on Main, 200 E. Main St., has expanded its lunch options with a salad bar featuring more than 50 items. The restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

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 at least two weeks before the event or desired publication date.