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Black Dog opens patio, adds beer offerings

To feel the sun on my face.

I waited all six months of winter to sit outside and feel warmer with each passing minute spent in a chair.

At Black Dog Pub, I can now do that – with a beer in my hand.

The 6230 Covington Road restaurant just opened its outdoor patio for dining and has expanded its draft beer selection.

Brooke Caldwell says Black Dog once had six beers on tap but now has 20, with the selection rotating depending on availability and popularity.

Craft varieties, including Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Busted Knuckle and Crooked Tree IPA, have been popular so far.

Also opening its patio for the season is The Deck at Don Hall’s Old Gas House. Weather permitting, service will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the downtown spot, 305 E. Superior St.

Deli favorites with twist

The mockingbird is the most famous imitating bird, Jim Martin says. The bird mimics the songs of other species but combines them to create a medley of its own.

The song of the mockingbird, imitation with a twist, is Martin’s inspiration for the menu of a new downtown restaurant, appropriately named Mockingbird Kitchens.

Nestled inside Cottage Flowers, 236 E. Wayne St., the restaurant features familiar deli favorites such as Cobb salads, pesto chicken sandwiches and potato salad but with Martin’s flair. The Cobb has chilled herbed shrimp; the chicken sandwich has kale pesto; and the potato salad features bacon, green peas, sweet onions and creamy mustard dressing.

There is also a healthful children’s menu that includes roasted chicken strips, a peanut butter and banana sandwich and ants on a log. Martin, who co-owns the restaurant with wife Zoe, says it was important for Mockingbird Kitchens to be family friendly.

The restaurant’s ribbon cutting is at 10 a.m. Thursday, and hours will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. It will also be open Saturdays for special events, such as Spring Trolley Shopping on May 17.

Menu for theatergoers

The Rusty Dog Irish Pub, 32 N. Jefferson St. in Huntington, is preparing its opening act: a prix-fixe dinner menu.

The four-course dinner option will be available before show nights at Huntington University Theatre, Different Stages Theater at The New Huntington, The Honeywell Center and the Pulse Opera House. Reservations are recommended on show nights; call 260-579-0433.

The restaurant has also updated its menu for spring and summer.

The dinner menu items include Grilled Cod Kinsale, Pub Steak Oscar, Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Napa Slaw and Sriracha Chili, and Grilled Butterflied Rainbow Trout with Lemon Caper Beurre Blanc.

Lunch hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and dinner is served starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Mother’s Day

Culinary students at Anthis Career Center are hard at work, putting the finishing touches on their final menu of the school year.

Barr Street Café, 1200 S. Barr St., will have the event May 13 through 15, with a Mother’s Day theme.

Seating is available from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; call 467-1031 for reservations.

And if you’re still looking for something for Mother’s Day this Sunday, here are some options:

The Rib Room, 1235 E. State Blvd., will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The restaurant will offer its regular menu, which includes prime rib and ribs. Reservations are accepted but not required; call 483-9767.

Lucky Moose, 622 E. Dupont Road, will offer a brunch buffet featuring omelet and crepe stations, a variety of fish, chicken, ribs, pulled pork, roasted red potatoes and vegetables. And they’re not forgetting dessert. It will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $13.13 for adults; half price for children ages 6 to 10; and those younger than 6 eat free. Reservations are recommended; call 490-5765.

Around town

Deli 620 has reopened in its new location at 110 W. Berry St., Suite 700. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you are in a hurry, call in your order to 422-4343.

•A new mobile unit has joined the fleet of food trucks taking over the Summit City. Pizza Bomba touts itself as “Fort Wayne’s only gourmet pizza food truck,” and its offerings have included chicken pesto, taco and margarita pies. Follow them on Twitter at for locations.

•Leases have been signed for two new spots on the north side of town. Jersey Mike’s Subs will open a franchise at 10020 Lima Road, Suite A; and a Coney Dog Café is planned for 10020 Lima Road, Suite C.

•Paperwork has been filed with the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health for an Auntie Anne’s in the Meijer at 10301 Maysville Road.

The Dish features restaurant news and food events and appears Wednesdays. Fax news items to 461-8893, email or call 461-8462.