From the 200 level in Memorial Coliseum, Nathan Dennison isn’t shy about what he’s a fan of.
It’s the two sets of floor-to-ceiling windows in the newly expanded concourse – a million-dollar view on the east side, he says – that were part of a $3.96 million renovation project at the facility this summer.
Dennison, coordinator of marketing and media services, hopes the areas will become a congregating spot for guests. Not just for the sights, but for the three new dining concepts.
Appleseed Burger Co., Slice’d and Wok This Wayne are joining the menu of traditional concepts, offering a more culinary approach, he says.
The concepts will be unveiled during a ribbon-cutting Friday and open for the Fort Wayne Komets exhibition game Saturday against the Wheeling Nailers.
One thing that we weren’t able to offer in the past because of the infrastructure was a fresh burger concept, Andrew VanDeweghe, Aramark general manager, says of the Appleseed Burger Co.
The stand will offer beef, turkey and vegetarian options, as well as charbroiled hot dogs, mini apple fritters and Chapman’s American Ale Cider.
Slice’d will offer subs – meatball and Italian sausage with peppers – and pizza, either by the slice or whole. For dessert? Freshly piped cannoli. At Wok This Wayne, an Asian concept, there will be sesame garlic beef, General Tso’s chicken and vegetable lo mein.
It’s all about offering variety for guests, Dennison says.
He and VanDeweghe say wait times will not differ much from other concessions in the stadium, saying that pizzas bake in 2 minutes, 10 seconds.
Dinner series begins
IPFW hospitality management students are kicking off their dinner series tonight at the Hilton Garden Inn, 8615 U.S. 24 W.
The Fall Sensation meal consists of pumpkin soup with warm rolls and butter, hand-tossed salad, sliced roasted pork loin with roasted red potatoes and steamed medley of vegetables, and for dessert, warm apple crisp with vanilla ice cream.
Tickets are $30. To order tickets, call IPFW Division of Continuing Studies at 481-6619.
For a full schedule of the events and detailed list of menus, go to the dinner series website, www.ipfw.edu/departments/chhs/depts/cfs/dinnerseries.
Fall menu at café
Students at Anthis Career Center are welcoming the harvest with a special fall menu at Barr Street Café, 1200 S. Barr St.
A change from previous years, the café will be open for a limited time – today and Thursday this week, and Tuesday through Oct. 17 next week.
The offerings include Caesar salad ($5.95), caramel apple pork chop ($7.95) and grilled chicken breast with spicy peach glaze ($6.95). Desserts are homemade pecan pie or chocolate lava cake.
Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For reservations, call 467-1031 or 467-1030.
Is it a trick or a treat?
For the month of October, the Scary Face pancake will join the children’s menu at participating IHOP restaurants. An ordercomes with one buttermilk pancake, a whipped topping mouth, glazed strawberry nose and a set of delicious decorations: two mini-Oreo cookies to create eyes and eight pieces of candy corn to add teeth or fangs.
And as a special Halloween treat, on Oct. 31, participating IHOP restaurants will offer children 12 and younger a Scary Face pancake free.
For adults, a popular seasonal favorite has returned – pumpkin pancakes.
Indiana State Troopers are trading in their handcuffs and badges for burgers and aprons at Red Robin restaurants as part of the national Tip-A-Cop event benefiting Special Olympics.
Law enforcement will collect tips and help serve Red Robin guests at seven locations in the state, including the 4201 Coldwater Road store, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday.
Oct. 16 is Turnstone Day at two local Culver’s locations – 3510 E. Dupont Road and 1425 W. Washington Center Road. The restaurants will donate a portion of proceeds to Turnstone.
The Fire Police City County Federal Credit Union and Fraternal Order of Police are hosting an All You Can Eat Chili Dinner to benefit the Fraternal Order of Police Helmet Program.
The dinner will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 19 at 2125 Olladale Drive. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 3 to 12; children younger than 3 are free.
Progress is being made on the Culver’s at 6026 Stellhorn Road. Windows and doors were being installed last week, and builders were hoping to be able to lock up the building. A grand opening is scheduled for Dec. 9.