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Dinner at 8s: Vietnamese eatery opens

Pho 888, serving traditional Vietnamese cuisine, has opened in the 14 Square plaza at 4916 Illinois Road.

Besides pho, a soup made with rice noodles, the restaurant offers a variety of beef, pork, chicken, seafood and vegetable dishes that are spiced with combinations of fish sauce, soy sauce, lemongrass, mint and other herbs. Appetizers include fried dumplings, crab Rangoon and spring rolls.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 8 p.m. Sundays.

For information, call 969-6669.

Inn in Wabash takes 1920s atmosphere

Go back in time at Twenty, a casual upscale restaurant inside the renovated Charley Creek Inn – the former Hotel Indiana – in downtown Wabash.

The dinner menu features steaks, seafood, ribs, chicken, pork and pasta (including lobster macaroni and cheese). See the complete menus at

Twenty, 111 W. Market St., is open from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily. It features a piano bar with music inspired by Cole Porter and Hoagie Carmichael.

The hotel also will have a Mother’s Day brunch with seating at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. May 9. It’s $17.95 for adults and $9.95 for ages 5 to 12.

Reservations are required; call 260-563-0111. The restaurant also handles banquets, weddings and catering.

The historic boutique hotel, built in 1920, reopened in December after two years of renovations.

Springtime in air at Barr Street Cafe

The student-run Barr Street Cafe’s final menu of the school year offers a taste of spring.

Features are grilled lamb chops with sweet and sour compote ($8.95), grilled fresh salmon with lime-ginger butter ($6.95) and roasted pork loin stuffed with spinach and prosciutto ($5.95).

Each week, the café in Anthis Career Center, 1200 S. Barr St., will feature a different salad, sandwich, soup, pasta and desserts.

Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays through May 13. The café will reopen in the fall.

Reservations are encouraged; call 467-1031.

55-cent burgers honor McDonald’s

On Thursday, participating McDonald’s in northern Indiana will sell 55-cent hamburgers to celebrate the restaurant’s 55th anniversary and Tax Day.

The special price is available from 10:30 a.m. until closing. There is a limit of five 55-cent hamburgers per customer.

Ray Kroc’s first McDonald’s restaurant opened in Des Plaines, Ill., on April 15, 1955, the same day he incorporated McDonald’s Corp. Today, there are more than 32,000 restaurants, including 89 in northern Indiana.

Angola bakery marks milestone

Heavenly Breads & Sweets in Angola will celebrate its one-year anniversary Friday and Saturday.

That means all customers who buy at least $5 of bakery treats will get a piece of the anniversary cake.

Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

For information, call 260-833-1900 or go to

The bakery is at 2405 North 200 West, next to Caruso’s restaurant.

Kids eat free at IHOP

During April, kids can eat a free meal at participating IHOP restaurants, with the purchase of an adult meal.

This offer is available from 4 to 10 p.m. daily until April 30.

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