Downtown diners soon will have two more cafés – one familiar, one new – to add to their personal menus.
Zia’s Italian Coffee House on Spy Run Avenue has closed and will move to the Lamplight Inn, 300 E. Washington Blvd. It will reopen as Zia’s Italian Café & Tea House in early October in the former Café Fraîche.
In addition to coffee, tea and baked goods, owner Anna Barile plans to offer homemade Italian dishes.
Pembroke Bakery & Café will open in mid-October in the new Auer Center for Arts and Culture (the former Fourth Wave Building), 300 E. Main St. Owners Angie Quinn and Steve Nagy will make soups, sandwiches, salads, breads and baked goods, including some vegan versions.
Orthodox church takes holiday orders
It’s time to start preparing for the holiday treat season.
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 110 E. Wallen Road, is taking pre-paid orders for its popular annual bake sale.
Church members will be making sweet bread ($5), baklava (20 pieces for $12, 40 pieces for $22), and cheese or spinach pites (12 for $8, frozen and ready to bake). The Greek cookbook is $20.
To order by Oct. 23, call Stacie Lyman at 459-9471. Cash or checks (payable to Philoptochos) are accepted.
Pick-up times at the church are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 18 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 19.
History Center serves up buffalo
Feast on buffalo steaks during the History Center’s annual Buffalo Tro fundraiser Sept. 30 at the Chief Richardville House, 5705 Bluffton Road.
The event will be from 6 to 9 p.m. In addition to the dinner catered by Classic Café, there will be a silent auction and music by the Prairie Fire String Band.
Advance tickets are $50. To reserve them by Friday, call the History Center at 426-2882.
Proceeds go to the Heritage Education Fund, which provides free admission for area students who visit during class field trips.
Dicky’s Wild Hare adds four beer taps
Dicky’s Wild Hare, 2910 Maplecrest Road, has added four beer taps, bringing its total to 15.
This allows the bar to feature more microbrews, such as those made by the Flat 12, Dark Horse, Three Floyds and Upland breweries.
On Thursday, enjoy $4 pints all day. There will be free snacks from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and various giveaways at 8 p.m.
DeBrand whips up sea salt caramels
DeBrand Fine Chocolates is launching a line of sea salt caramels in four varieties: buttery, dark, milk and pecan.
They are $10.50 for a box of four caramels, or $42 for a collection tower of four boxes. But DeBrand is offering this special deal through Monday: If you buy any caramel tower, you can get the assorted caramel tower (with one box of each flavor) free.
The caramels are available at all three locations and online at www.debrand.com.
The Firehouse Subs chain will open a store at 5149 Illinois Road.
Maza Grille, 10812 Coldwater Road, has these specials in September: Buy a lunch entrée and get the second for $1. Buy a dinner entrée and get another for $2. For information, call 637-4800.
The last Scotch tasting of the season at Tavern at Coventry, 5745 Coventry Lane, will be 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29. It’s $30, which includes appetizers. Reservations are required; call 459-2893.
Ceruti’s Café at Citizens Square, 200 E. Berry St., will have a grand opening at 10:30 a.m. Monday with food samples and giveaways.
USA Pancake House, 7312 S. Anthony Blvd., has closed.