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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, May 01, 2019 1:00 am

Expanded Chick-Fil-A eyes June reopening

Kimberly Dupps Truesdell | For The Journal Gazette

Fort Wayne native Tony Gibson says he's been a “raving fan” of Chick-Fil-A as a consumer but he's taking his love of the brand to the next level with the Jefferson Pointe location.

Gibson is the new franchise owner of the restaurant, with the deal effective March 1.

And it almost seems that before the ink was dry on the papers that he was making improvements.

The restaurant at the location, which opened more than 15 years ago, had outgrown the space. An extensive remodeling project is underway.

On the inside, it was taken down to the studs, says Gibson, who has has 25 years experience in corporate America and franchising. The kitchen space has been redesigned and expanded, and the play area has been remodeled.

On the outside, the parking lot will be reconfigured and the drive-through expanded to accommodate two lanes of traffic. Gibson says it will be similar to the set-up of the new Chick-Fil-A on Coliseum Boulevard. However, because the Jefferson Pointe location is on mall property, he can't take over more physical space.

Gibson says that initial hiring has begun, and the store will be looking to fill more than 100 positions.

He hopes to open the restaurant in early June.

Mother's Day

You have 11 days (although I'd venture to say less) to make plans to treat the moms in your life for Mother's Day.

• Joseph Decuis in Roanoke will serve Mother's Day brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 12. The three-course menu includes dishes such as NOLA crawfish cakes, grilled Wagyu flank steak and chocolate bourbon cake. The cost is $55 for adults. Children can order from a separate menu for $12.

• Rack & Helen's will offer a Mother's Day lunch at the Bar and Grill, 525 Broadway St. in New Haven, and a brunch at the Social House at 4935 Hillegas Road. The New Haven restaurant will serve up a lunch buffet, with dishes like smoked ham, pulled pork, potato casserole, vegetables and trifle. The first seating is from 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and a second seating is from 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. The cost is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, $9 for children 3 to 10 and free for children 2 and younger. Call 749-5396 for reservations.

At the Social House, guests will be able to choose a main entrée as well as visit a buffet. Entrée choices include breakfast tacos, a pesto frittata and Elvis waffles. On the buffet lineup, there will be deviled eggs, biscuits and gravy, hashbrowns, breakfast meats and desserts. A separate kids menu is available. The cost is $22 for adults, and $10 for children. It will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations are required; call 203-3154.

Oakwood Resort on Lake Wawasee will have a Mother's Day buffet from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $32 for adults, $16 for children 5 to 12 and children 4 and younger are free. For reservations, call 574-457-6700.

Germanfest beers

A special collaboration between Germanfest and the Northern Indiana Brewers Association will expand the beer lineup at the upcoming festival.

The 17 area breweries have worked together to craft a selection of German-inspired beers to be sold exclusively at Germanfest, starting June 5 in Headwaters Park.

Hop River Brewing Co. is doing a Kolsch: a classic easy-drinking German ale, crafted in the traditional style.

Junk Ditch Brewing Co. is doing a Pilsner: a refreshing German style beer, with a floral and herbal hop finish.

LaOtto Brewing Co. is doing a Dortmunder: a pale pilsner-like lager that is slightly malty with a clean finish.

Mad Anthony Brewing Co. is doing a Hefeweizen: a classic German wheat beer

Chapman's Brewing Co. hosted the remaining 12 breweries to create “Trail Schwarzbier,” a slightly roasted dark lager in honor of the Northern Indian Beer Trail.

Pints will be available for $5 at 5 p.m. June 5. Samples from local breweries will be available from 4:40 to 5:30 p.m. June 6.

Around town

Ivy's Jerk Joint will be reopening in a new location this weekend. The grand opening will be Saturday at 3620 N. Clinton St. The restaurant will take over Blue Stack Smokehouse, which closed last year. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.

• The popular Brown House restaurant in Auburn is for sale. The commercial listing for the drive-in says the sale will include buildings, equipment and recipes.

The Deck at Don Hall's Gas House is scheduled to open for the season May 14.

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 event or desired publication.