Janet Bartholomew was just about a week away from the planned opening of her new cafe, Bartholomew's Bistro & Gallery, when she got unexpected news. There would be a potential loss of power in the East State Boulevard area on the day of the opening.
And, thus, the opening of Bartholomew's will be Dec. 3 – a week later than anticipated.
In the former Abby Brown's Candy Shoppe, the bistro will offer coffee drinks, breakfast items and lunch service, Bartholomew says. The midday options will include soups, sandwiches, a salad bar, baked goods and daily specials. A weekend brunch will include live music.
“Our menu will include vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and keto-friendly options,” she says. “We are in the process of getting our beer and wine license and will feature a variety of wines by the glass and bottle and a selection of craft beer. ... We will be rolling all of this out one step at a time.”
The space, 1415 E. State Blvd., had also been an art gallery, and Bartholomew is keeping with the tradition by highlighting local creators.
“I hope it will become a space for local art, music and business events,” she says. “One thing I especially want people to learn is that art is for everyone. That includes viewing, appreciating, understanding, and creating art – of all kinds.”
Hours will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Once Bartholomew's has its liquor permit, the weekend hours will include Sundays.
Bartholomew's is not the only local spot with plans to open soon.
Just in time for tonight's downtown's Night of Lights events, Sweets on Main will host its grand opening starting at noon today. The ice cream shop, 123 W. Main St., is next door to the famous Santa display. The space, which has been revamped after the closing of Yummi Bunni, will have more than a dozen flavors of Ashby's Sterling Ice Cream. Hours are noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Conjure Coffee will host a soft opening today for its cafe in the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory.
The official opening will be Saturday. Call the Columbia Avenue location at 422-7770 for hours.
If you are looking for a place to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner, there are local spots serving traditional fare. Be sure to call ahead to check availability or to make reservations.
• Triangle Park & Grille, 3010 Trier Road, will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The dinner special will be $19 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $9 for children 12 and younger. Call 482-4342.
• Bill's Smokehouse, 305 E. Washington Center Road, will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The buffet will be $29.95 for adults, $24.95 for seniors, and $14.95 for children. Ages 4 and younger are free. An 18% gratuity will be added. Call 484-0411.
• Ruth's Chris, 224 W. Wayne St., will offer a three-course holiday dinner. The cost is $41.95 for adults, and $14.95 for children 12 and younger. Call 444-5898.
• Sapporo Steakhouse, 6150 Lima Road, is open noon to 9 p.m. Call 739-6064.
With the hope of going from food cart to restaurant, True Kimchi will host a special pop-up event Dec. 7 and 8.
Samantha Yim began the mobile food operation this summer, serving traditional Korean food at the YLNI Farmers Market.
“We had a great response from the community,” Yim says.
“We're working towards opening a brick-and-mortar sometime in 2020 and wanted to offer a little preview in the form of a pop-up Korean restaurant.”
The event will be at Jukebox Ice Cream Parlor, 1937 E. State Blvd., from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 8.
The menu for the pop-up event will include fan favorites from the summer, such as kimchi fried rice and bibimbap bowls, and some yet-to-be-revealed menu items inspired by Korean street food.
Guests are encouraged to reserve a free ticket on the Facebook event page for True Kimchi.
Savor Fort Wayne
It's time to save the date for the city's annual restaurant week. (OK, it's almost two.)
Savor Fort Wayne will take place Jan. 15 to 26. During the 12 days, Fort Wayne restaurants offer special deals on three-course menu options, with many for $30 or less.
According to the website, more than 30 restaurants have already signed up to participate in 2020 with the promise of more to come.
• Waynedale Bakery has closed. Christine Miller announced plans to shutter the bakery this fall but remained open in the hopes of finding a buyer. The last day of operation was Nov. 16.
• Zinnia's Bakehouse, 236 E. Wayne St., will be closed Thursday and Friday but will reopen Saturday for the Holly Trolley. From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the downtown sweet stop will offer samples along with breads, cinnamon rolls and cookies with vegan options.
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