The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, January 12, 2022 1:00 am

The Dish: Kaysans 5th Down set to close


Two local eating establishments have announced that they will close by the end of the month.

Kaysan's 5th Down, 5830 Challenger Parkway, will close after decades of serving the Fort Wayne area. The restaurant posted a sign on its door that stated it will close on Jan. 29. Operators said staffing and supply shortages influenced the decision.

“We would like to thank our customers and it has been a pleasure serving you and being part of the Fort Wayne community,” the sign said.

Red Mango, 4110 W. Jefferson Blvd., announced on its social media accounts that it will close Monday. The frozen yogurt, juice and smoothie shop will be selling most of its equipment and tools. Owners can be reached at 452-0830 or

TinCaps sampler

The TinCaps season might be three months away, but fans can enjoy a taste of Parkview Field during the baseball offseason.

Fans can order a one-of-a-kind 12-pack sampler that features a diverse variety of adult beverages. Among the brews in the January sampler are Dirty Blonde by Atwater Brewery, Boffo Brown by Dark Horse Brewing and Dominga Mimosa Sour Ale by New Belgium Brewing Co.

Fans are encouraged to use the hashtag #TinCapsBrews on social media to share their reviews and interact with others. The sampler also comes with advanced details on how to evaluate like a professional taster.

A 12-pack is available for $34.95 plus tax. To order, go to

Orders must be placed by Jan. 24. Curbside pickup will be available Jan. 26.

The TinCaps are set to begin their 2022 season at Parkview Field on April 12 against the South Bend Cubs. Season tickets and group outing packages are on sale now. More information is available at and by calling 482-6400.

Wings Etc. honor

An Indiana franchise was recently recognized as being one of the top franchises of 2022.

Wings Etc. Grill & Pub was named a “Top Franchise for 2022” by Franchise Business Review and ranked among the Top 50 for Midsize Franchises.

Founded in 1994 by Jim Weaver in the South Bend area, there are three locations in Fort Wayne and more than a dozen others across Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

Wings Etc. has a diverse menu featuring Buffalo wings, more than 20 signature sauces and rubs, burgers and sandwiches.

Wings Etc. was among over 300 franchise brands, representing more than 30,000 franchise owners, that participated in Franchise Business Review's research. Wings Etc. franchisees were surveyed on 33 benchmark questions about their experience and satisfaction regarding critical areas of their franchise systems, including training and support, operations, franchiser/franchisee relations and financial opportunity.

Around town

A new seafood restaurant is set to open on Coldwater Road. Don Rojo Seafood will serve Mexican-inspired fare at 5525 Coldwater Road.

Have you ever struggled to pick between your favorite iced coffee drinks? The Grind Coffee House of Garrett, which was one of the first in the area to offer coffee flights, has debuted an innovative drink option. A total of 24 ounces, a unique to-go cup keeps two beverage flavors separate. You can sip each one solo or together. This menu option is available for a limited time.

The Dish features restaurant news and food events and appears Wednesdays. Fax news items to 461-8893, email or call 461-8304 at least two weeks before event or desired publication.

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