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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, October 04, 2017 1:00 am

Smokey Bones open during remodeling

Kimberly Dupps Truesdell | For The Journal Gazette

Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill might have a different look these days, but the management says it's business as usual.

The Jefferson Pointe restaurant is two weeks into a six-week renovation that includes new flooring and furniture. The patio is getting an updated appearance, with the wood being removed and metal being installed.

The bathrooms, too, are being gutted and worked on.

The restaurant is open during the renovation, and the dining room capacity will not change.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily, according to the location's Facebook page.

Hilton Starbucks open

The newest Starbucks location celebrated its ribbon-cutting this week.

The cafe at 1020 S. Calhoun St., inside the Hilton Fort Wayne, recently opened, offering fans of the pumpkin spice latte a second spot downtown to get their fix.

The hotel had been part of the Starbucks family in the past, as a part of the company's “We proudly serve” program. The hotel had purchased beans from the Seattle coffee giant and served it in its restaurant and catering.

A hotel remodel, though, created a vacant space on the first-floor that a sales rep for Starbucks saw as a great spot for a full-service store, says Kurt Brown, director of sales and marketing at the Hilton.

“The right people got involved ... and they came together,” he says.

The plans have been in the works for about a year, with the hotel buying a license to operate a full-service store. While Hilton operates the location, the menu is the same as any other Starbucks – pumpkin spice latte and all.

Hours are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., and there is a public entrance from Calhoun Street.

$4 pizzas today

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza is celebrating unconventional thinking today with a national pop-up pizza party.

“Noncon4mist Day” is a nod to all those who blaze new trails, the company says. Locations nationwide, including the Fort Wayne restaurant on Coliseum Boulevard East, will offer any pizza for $4 after 4 p.m.

Blaze Pizza guests can build their own pizza by choosing from over 40 pizza toppings.

Along with $4 pizzas, guests who attend Noncon4mist Day will also be provided with a coupon for $4 off a pizza and drink on their next visit, redeemable through the Blaze Pizza mobile app.

Doughnuts galore

Ivy Tech Community College is hosting an enrichment class to help you go nuts ... for doughnuts.

The college's chef will guide participants as they prepare and decorate yeast and cake doughnuts. They will also sample doughnuts from around town and leave class with a dozen finished doughnuts and enough frozen dough to make a dozen more at home.

The class will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 21 at the 3800 N. Anthony Blvd. campus. The cost is $65, with registration due by Oct. 13. To learn more and sign up, go to IvyTech.edu/northeast/living.

The Dish features restaurant news and food events and appears Wednesdays. Fax news items to 461-8893, email kdupps@jg.net or call 461-8304.