Three restaurants have joined the citys smorgasbord, adding a bit of spice for diners who crave variety.
Vinces will open for dinner at 5 p.m. today at 10460 Maysville Road in the former Uno Chicago Grill in Chapel Ridge. The dinner menu features steaks, seafood, pasta and a salad bar, with entrées ranging from $14.99 to $24.99.
Beginning Sept. 27, Vinces will open at 11 a.m. daily for lunch. For reservations, call 748-0390.
Owner Vince Buchanan also had owned another restaurant called Vinces, which was at the Muncie airport.
Catering to hearty appetites with two $10 buffets and daily specials, Walkers Home Style Cooking has opened at 2516 E. Pontiac St.
The lunch buffet typically has ribs, rib tips, chicken (fried and baked), perch, catfish, black-eyed peas, macaroni and cheese, corn bread, candied yams, sweet potato pie, cheesecake and other desserts.
The breakfast buffet features eggs, sausage, bacon, hash browns, grits and toast.
Most beverages are $1, with free refills. Hours are expected to be 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
As I reported in May, an Asian restaurant and sushi bar called Naked Tchopstix will open soon at 8607 W. U.S. 24. Renovations continue at the restaurant, which is behind the Hilton Garden Inn, in the former Antigua Mexican Restaurant and Tumbleweed Southwest Grill.
It will be the first northern Indiana location for the Indianapolis-based restaurant, which is owned by David and Maggie Lee.
Meanwhile, the hotel is building a banquet and conference center next door.
Ivy Tech opens Melting Pot Café
With a changing weekly menu of sandwiches, salads and soups, Ivy Techs Melting Pot Café, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd., is open for lunch on Wednesdays.
Todays menu has a New York High Rise Club (with pastrami, Swiss, brie, havarti and spinach); turkey panini with fontina cheese and greens; potato apple soup; and an apple-cheddar salad with walnuts.
Each weeks menu has one or two sandwiches, a salad, a soup and sides. Desserts typically include cookies, cheesecake and other baked goods.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays.
The deli is in the west end of Anthony Commons. Its name changes each semester.
Ceruti’s caters ‘Art to Gogh’ benefit
Watch local artists at work, then bid on their pieces at auction during the second Art to Gogh fundraiser Saturday.
It will be at Moore & Associates/Moore Financial Center, 6226 Covington Road.
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. artists will paint, draw and create with wood, stained glass and other materials. Admission is free.
Then starting at 6 p.m., enjoy a Cerutis buffet and a cash bar for $30.
A live auction will feature all of the pieces created that day, plus other donated work from regional artists.
Proceeds benefit Mental Health America in Allen County.
To reserve tickets, call 422-6441 by Thursday.
McDonald’s offering safety program
This fall, several local McDonalds will present the free Play it Safe program with law enforcement.
Participants receive fingerprinting materials, dental record charts and other emergency resources. Car-seat safety checks also will be available at most events.
All events are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.
Here are the locations for Saturday: 7640 S. Anthony Blvd. in Fort Wayne and 828 E. Albion St. in Avilla.
I will include the rest of the events in a future column.