Fort Wayne’s Famous Coney Island received a birthday gift early. Ten of them, actually, depending on how you count.
Ten companies with ties to Coney Island and Deer Park Irish Pub have stepped up to sponsor a hot dog eating contest starting Saturday to mark Coney Island’s 100th anniversary.
Each company is sponsoring a heat and made a number of participant tickets available for free. The cost for the event had been $30 to help pay for expenses.
We heard through the grapevine that the cost was a little cost-prohibitive, says Tony Henry, owner of Deer Park Irish Pub. We said, Let’s just look for corporate sponsors,’ and wow, did we hit a home run with that.
At 2 p.m., 10 heats of 10 contestants will take to the stage. They will be given 10 fully dressed hot dogs each to eat as fast as they can. The 10 fastest eaters in the preliminary heats will go on to the finals July 12 during the Three Rivers Festival. The winner will go into the Coney Island Hall of Fame, as well as get some other prizes.
The celebration is from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday at Deer Park Irish Pub, 1530 Leesburg Road. The free family-friendly event will be under a circus tent with live music and a host of other lively events.
New York pizza
How is it, guys? Patrick O’Sullivan recalls asking the customers.
Thank you,’ they said. And I’m like: My job’s done.
A Long Island, New York, native, O’Sullivan says there was one thing Fort Wayne was missing: a New York style pizzeria.
After buying Richard’s Bakery, 1130 N. Wells St., in March, he and business partner Chad Castator decided to add the carry-out business to the bakery.
Big Apple Pizza offers seven types of pizza, named after the five boroughs of New York and the police and fire departments. There are three types of crust – very thin, thin and not-so-thin – and a different sauce for each.
Operations for Richard’s Bakery will remain unchanged, and the partners bought the recipes for the bakery.
Hours are from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 424-4012.
Father’s Day buffet
It’s quite the difference from Easter and Mother’s Day, Mark Melchi admits.
Dad’s expected to stand at the grill and put on his apron and work, says the owner of Lucky Moose, 622 E. Dupont Road.
Still, the restaurant will be sprucing up its Sunday buffets – breakfast, and pizza and wings – to celebrate Dad on June 15.
The breakfast buffet, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will feature standard fare as well as crepes and chicken and waffles on a per-order basis. The buffet costs $8.95.
The pizza and wing buffet, from 4 to 8 p.m., will benefit from the addition of pulled pork, catfish, ribs and salad bar. It costs $9.95.
Bandido’s Mexican Restaurant has filed paperwork with the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health to open a restaurant at 4122 Lima Road. According to a representative at the corporate office, Bandido’s will close the Northcrest location, moving it to the spot near Glenbrook Square.
Dogs n Suds, 6111 Lima Road, has a new owner and is hiring staff for the season.
Liberty Diner, 2929 Goshen Road, has added a three-course menu to its already expansive lineup. Diners can choose from a list of entrées, a soup and dessert. The restaurant is open from 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 24 hours Friday and Saturday.
Construction began this week on the facade of Curly’s Village Inn, 4205 Bluffton Road. The bar and restaurant will remain open during the process.