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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 1:00 am

BBQ spot joins newcomers on Coliseum

Kimberly Dupps Truesdell | For The Journal Gazette

Barbecue lovers, get your appetites ready. It looks as if there's a new restaurant joining the Fort Wayne restaurant landscape.

Signs are hanging along Coliseum Boulevard West, advertising a location for Mission BBQ. It will be neighbors with other newcomers to the city – Wingstop and CoreLife Eatery.

The fast-casual restaurant is known for its traditional American barbecue with a hefty side of patriotism. It's closed on Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, and the national anthem is sung at noon every day.

The menu features smoked brisket and pulled pork, St. Louis-style ribs, sandwiches and salads. Side dishes include macaroni and cheese, baked beans with brisket, green beans and bacon, coleslaw and fries.

An email for more details was not immediately returned.

According to the Baltimore Business Journal, Mission BBQ has seen impressive growth since it opened its first restaurant in Maryland in 2011.

There are now about 80 locations in 16 states. There were five restaurants in 2014, and 40 spots in 2016.

Saigon reopening

Saigon Restaurant will reopen Friday after being closed for about a month for vacation.

It is not uncommon for small, family-run restaurants like the popular Vietnamese restaurant on South Calhoun Street to close for extended periods during the summer. It's an opportunity for owners and staff to visit family or for annual upkeep to take place.

Last summer, Saigon made significant improvements thanks to the city's facade grant program.

Local truck finalist

Big Apple Pizza is going slice to slice with nine other food trucks in a national Mobile Cuisine contest.

The Fort Wayne food truck was nominated by readers of Mobile Cuisine and was among the 10 finalists.

The list includes 2018's winner, Hobo Co Pizza Truck from Anaheim, California, as well as pizza makers from Chicago, Denver and Austin, Texas.

Food truck fans can vote through 7:59 p.m. Friday at Mobile-Cuisine.com. Results will be announced Monday.

Fort Wayne food trucks have fared well in the Mobile Cuisine polls, including Who Cut The Cheese? and the now-shuttered Vietnummy.

Ivy Tech event

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne is inviting the public to a special event July 25.

During An Evening of Wine and Crime, attendees will try to solve a crime, listen to local crime scene experts, enjoy themed food from the culinary program and more. The event will begin at 6 p.m. on the North Anthony Boulevard campus.

Tickets are $30 for a single attendee and $50 for couples. This price includes one drink ticket and heavy hors d'oeuvres.

Participants must be 21 or older to attend.

Get tickets to the event online at connect.ivytech.edu/wineandcrime or call 260-481-2243. The registration deadline is July 17.

Proceeds will benefit Ivy Tech Fort Wayne's 50 for 50 fundraising initiative.

French Fry Day

A holiday after my own heart (and stomach), National French Fry Day will be celebrated Saturday with several specials around town.

• The BurgerFi location on Coldwater Road is offering $1 regular hand-cut fries all day long from open to close on this day only. Guests must mention the offer at the counter in order to redeem.

Penn Station East Coast Subs will give customers a free small fresh-cut fry with any sandwich purchase. All locations are participating in Fry Day. No coupon is required.

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.