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    Melissa Wasson grew up around the doughnut business. Her family has been working with Tom's Donuts since 1980 – before she was born.

Spots ready to feast on New Year’s

If you’re still looking for a place to ring in 2011, here are more festive options. Happy New Year!

•The Lucky Moose, 622 E. Dupont Road, will have its annual “New Year’s Eve for Wimps” party from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday. The buffet – with prime rib, shrimp, crawfish, catfish, tilapia, smoked chicken, pulled pork, salad bar and desserts – is open until 9 p.m. It’s $17.95. The regular menu and other features will be available. There will be a countdown to 10 p.m. with complementary Champagne. Reservations are recommended; call 490-5765.

The restaurant will open at 11 a.m. Saturday with a $6.95 breakfast bar that’s available until 2 p.m. It will include omelets and the salad bar. Enjoy a Bloody Mary for $2.

•Rum Runners will have a New Year’s Eve party with an appetizer buffet from 7 to 9 p.m., followed by DJ music and dancing from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tickets are $20, which includes party favors and a Champagne toast at midnight; call Rum Runners at 484-9380 to reserve tickets. (The regular menu will be available for an additional charge.)

Rum Runners and Fort Wayne Marriott, 305 E. Washington Center Road, also have New Year’s packages. For reservations, call 484-0411. One is $149 (plus tax), which includes two tickets to the party and an overnight stay with 2 p.m. checkout. For $169, get two tickets to the New Year’s Day breakfast buffet at Red River Steakhouse.

Red River also is taking reservations for New Year’s Eve; call 484-0411.

•After opening for lunch at 11 a.m. as usual, Covington Bar & Grill in Covington Plaza will have various specials Friday night. They will include prime rib ($14.95 with two sides), and grilled salmon and grilled tuna ($13.95 each). Champagne is available by the glass or bottle. The band Midlife Crisis will play from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. There is no cover charge. Reservations are accepted; call 432-6660.

Richard’s Bakery closes 2 shops

Due to lack of sales, Richard’s Bakery will close its two satellite locations Saturday.

They are at 5625 W. Jefferson Blvd. and 433 E. Dupont Road.

The original location, 1130 Wells St., will remain open and extend its hours, co-owner Matt Henry says.

New hours there will be 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

The bakery also will add a fee-based delivery service.

For information, call 424-4012.

Smoothie King opens in Northcrest

Serving 83 varieties of fruit smoothies, national chain Smoothie King has opened in Northcrest Shopping Center, in the former Baskin Robbins.

In addition to its smoothies, which can be custom made with various enhancers, the store also sells sports beverages, energy bars and vitamin supplements.

Hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays.

For information, call 444-3048.

2-for-1 lunches at La Margarita

Recognizing that many customers likely will be broke after their New Year’s Eve celebrations, La Margarita, 2713 S. Calhoun St., is offering a “two-for-one” lunch deal this weekend.

Dine-in customers can buy one lunch at regular price and get a second one (of equal or lesser value) free. No coupons or other discounts will apply.

This offer is good from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday through Monday.

Hoosier Bakery gets retail home

Hoosier Bakery, which has been selling wholesale for a year, has opened a retail shop at 2602 W. State Blvd., a few doors down from Raimondo’s Pizza in Tower Plaza.

The bakery sells traditional doughnuts, fritters, Hoosier Bites (doughnut holes) and coffee.

Hours are 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.


•B. Antonio’s Pizza will offer penne carbonara in January. The pasta is tossed with grilled chicken, bacon, sautéed onions and mushrooms, Alfredo sauce and Parmesan. Or get a 12-inch one-topping pizza with a large order of breadsticks and a 2-liter of soda for $15. Add Cheezy Bread to any order for $2. To order, call 485-2400 (Chapel Ridge) or 490-9222 (Lima Marketplace).

•Waynedale Bakery, 2610 Lower Huntington Road, has more holiday treats, including cheese balls for $6 a pound. Flavors are cheddar ranch or beef and onion. Cupcakes are $12 a dozen. They include raspberry, chocolate, red velvet, strawberry, lemon, cherry, coconut, banana and chocolate mint. (There is a minimum order of six per flavor.) To order, call 747-2992.

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