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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 1:00 am

Find favorite food trucks at rallies

Kimberly Dupps Truesdell | For The Journal Gazette

Do you have lunch plans tomorrow? What about dinner?

For food truck fans, the answer is probably, “yes.”

Thursdays seem to be the day for food trucks, with Lunch on the Square and evening rallies at teds market and Peace Lutheran Church drawing fans.

What once seemed like a novelty is now a staple of the Fort Wayne food landscape. After all, where else can a group of friends or a married couple choose a dinner spot that has something for everyone. (Or, if you are like me, a place where all of your post-run cravings can be satisfied?)

While some operators might make pop-up stops outside downtown businesses or at charitable events, rallies are the most convenient (and popular) way to get your food truck fix.

Here's where you can find your favorite trucks:

• Eastside Park in Garrett, 5 to 8 p.m. Mondays

• Junk Ditch Brewing Co., 1825 W. Main St., 5 to 8 p.m. first and third Tuesdays

• Harris/Parkview Education Center, 1919 W. Cook Road, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays

• Freimann Square, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays through August

• Teds market, 12628 Coldwater Road, 5 to 9 p.m. Thursdays

• Peace Lutheran Church, 4900 Fairfield Ave., 5 to 8 p.m. the first and third Thursdays through September

There will also be a Northside Night Out Food Truck Rally from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday. Food trucks are at the Allen County Public Library downtown for Lunch on the Plaza along with live music from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. July 10 and Aug. 14.

Anyone who follows the trucks on social media knows that the wineries and breweries are a good place to look for trucks, especially on the weekends.

Popular spots include Two EE's Winery in Huntington, Country Heritage Winery in LaOtto and 2Toms Brewery on Wells Street.

Club Room jazz

The Club Room at The Clyde will host Summer Jazz Sessions from 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays through August, featuring the Alicia Pyle Quartet & Friends.

“We are thrilled to be entertaining the community in such a fabulous venue,” Pyle says in a news release. “I love being able to showcase my friends and share their talents in a way that helps make Fort Wayne such a great place to live, work, and play.

“By inviting a special guest to be with us each week, every performance will be unique, fresh, and fun.”

The Club Room is a dining establishment adjacent to The Clyde Theatre. The menu features lunch, dinner and late-night options, as well as cocktails. The restaurant opened in March.

The Summer Jazz Sessions continue through Aug. 28 and are free.

Chick-fil-A reopens

After two months of renovations, the Jefferson Pointe Chick-fil-A restaurant celebrated its grand reopening Monday.

The restaurant, which first opened its doors 17 years ago, is operated by franchise owner Tony Gibson. The new location is a return home for Gibson, who is a Fort Wayne native.

Restaurant guests will find larger tables in a dining room featuring subway tile, large windows and a custom light fixture made from recycled Coca-Cola bottles. Other highlights include an updated two-story interactive indoor play area for children and free Wi-Fi.

Customers on the go will find an updated drive-thru system featuring expanded face-to-face ordering and an additional lane.

The restaurant team hired nearly 120 new employees.

Around town

Firefly Coffee House, 3523 N. Anthony Blvd., will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a street food party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The food will have an international flair with dishes such as tandoori chicken, egg rolls, falafel and Korean kabobs. There will also be drink specials, live music and giveaways.

Granite City Brewing will tap two seasonal IPAs on Thursday. Ukulele is a citrus IPA with aromas of mango and passion fruit, and Brewnado is a collaboration session IPA that has hints of pear and pineapple. During the event, from 4 to 7 p.m., there will be specials on pints and growler fills.

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.