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3 restaurants join local scene

Finally, some good news: At least three new restaurants are being added to the Summit City’s menu.

Norma’s Pancake House has opened at 702 E. Dupont Road in the Dupont Crossing plaza.

Breakfast (skillet dishes, omelets, frittatas, crepes and blintzes) is available all day. Other menu items include burgers, salads, sandwiches and wraps.

Hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays and Mondays.

For information, call 490-6416.

Meanwhile, Wu’s Chinese Cuisine is coming to 4411 Coldwater Road, where Ponderosa used to be.

And a sign announces a future Vietnamese restaurant at 4916 Illinois Road in the 14 Square plaza.

ABC dinner set at J.K. O’Donnell’s

Enjoy an ABC (“anything but chardonnay”) wine dinner Monday at J.K. O’Donnell’s, 121 W. Wayne St.

The six-course meal will be paired with non-traditional wine varietals.

The event, from 6 to 8 p.m., is $35, which doesn’t include tax or gratuity.

Reservations are recommended because of space limitations; call 420-5563.

Amid Lent, plenty of fish on Fridays

Celebrate Lent with all-you-can-eat fish and chips every Friday night at Red River Steakhouse in the Fort Wayne Marriott.

Besides the beer-battered cod and fries, this $9.99 special includes clam chowder, coleslaw and hush puppies.

It’s available from 4 to 10 p.m. Fridays through April 2.

Red River Steakhouse is at 305 E. Washington Center Road. For reservations, call 484-0411.

The restaurant also has this lunch special on Thursday: Order the salad bar ($8.95) and get a free prime rib sandwich. Lunch hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Paella class at Rittenhouse

Learn to make paella (“Spanish jambalaya”) at the next Rittenhouse cooking class Monday.

Chef Hector Minon prepares each course in a demonstration and then diners get to eat the meal.

“They’re getting dinner and a show; I get my 15 minutes of being a comedian,” Minon says.

The three courses are asparagus with orange-lemon sauce, paella (chicken, chorizo, lobster, clams, mussels, shrimp, carrots and peas over rice) and churros (a fried pastry dusted with sugar and cinnamon).

The class runs from 6 to 8 p.m. (although diners can linger a bit longer).

Advance reservations are $24.95, which doesn’t include tax or gratuity. A cash bar is available. For reservations, call 260-824-8112.

The cooking classes are the last Monday of each month at the Bluffton restaurant, 218 S. Main St. The class in March will have a Caribbean theme (and might include alligator).

Tidbits

•Covington Bar & Grill in Covington Plaza is serving lunch on weekdays, starting at 11 a.m. The new salad bar is $6.95 at lunch (add soup for $1) or $3.95 as an add-on to your meal. Lunch features are croissants (chicken or tuna salad), BLT, a club grinder, scallop sliders and some of the regular menu items.

•Famous Fish of Stroh in Georgetown Square will stop serving breakfast until summertime. New hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

•IHOP restaurants in Fort Wayne will celebrate National Pancake Day on Tuesday by offering one free short stack of buttermilk pancakes to customers. Donations to A Hope Center, a crisis pregnancy center, will be accepted. The pancakes are available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Dish features restaurant news and food events and appears every Wednesday. Fax news items to 461-8893, e-mail sscarlett@jg.net or call 461-8313.

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