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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 1:00 am

Golden chefs in limbo, downtown is not

Kimberly Dupps Truesdell | For The Journal Gazette

If the rumor mill had been churning in the months leading up to the announcement that The Golden was closing, then it was working overtime since last week.

From what is going to happen to the space to where chefs Aaron Butts and Sean Richardson might end up, I found myself chasing lead after lead – only to feel like I was getting nowhere.

But here's what I know: The closing of The Golden isn't necessarily a sign of trouble in the downtown development areas.

DeBrand Fine Chocolates says in a statement, “At this time we are sad to see The Golden go but we are happy to be located in downtown Fort Wayne and we look forward to a very bright future.”

Ruth's Chris is part of a separate development next to the Ash Skyline Plaza, and the last I heard, potential patrons should look for an opening closer to summer 2018.

I also heard that some long-time establishments in up-and-coming areas had been approached by Butts and Richardson but that's not so. Owners say they haven't had any conversations with the duo.

So for now, silence is Golden.

Pre-Turkey Day fun

If Thanksgiving is about family and gratitude, then the day before Thanksgiving is about friends and fun.

Lucky Moose, 622 E. Dupont Road, will host its annual Thanksgiving Day rehearsal dinner on Nov. 22. But this year, the menu will be switched up a bit.

Owner Mark Melchi is offering all-you-can eat fish, salad bar and serve-yourself appetizers for $13.13. Diners can choose from catfish or tilapia, and it can be prepared a half-dozen ways, including blackened, grilled, breaded and coconut crusted. For the appetizer line, there will be Royal Red shrimp, coconut crusted-shrimp, boom booms shrimp and salmon cakes.

It will be available from 5 to 8 p.m.

Biggby hosting bosses

The East State Boulevard location of Biggby Coffee will host the franchise's founders on Friday.

Biggby Co-Founders Bob Fish & Michael McFall will visit the 6568 E. State Blvd. store starting at 7 a.m. During their visit, free drinks will be offered to everyone until 10 a.m. The pair will chat with coffee fans and get to know the community of Fort Wayne.

Fans are encouraged to interact via social media using the hashtags #SpotBaM, #ISpottedBaM and #WeSpottedBaM! Follow the store on its Facebook page, biggbyofgeorgetown.

Now closed

• RedRok BBQ & Bourbon Saloon has closed again. The barbecue restaurant got its start on the Columbia Street Landing but closed amid legal issues and reopened at 2701 W. Jefferson Blvd. It closed last week so that it can focus on getting a new restaurant renovated and ready for business. According to its Facebook page, the new location for RedRok will be on Wells Street. However, the page also says that a new restaurant will be moving into the building on West Jefferson Boulevard, near Lindenwood Cemetery.

The Asakusa location at 6401 W. Jefferson Blvd. has shut its doors, according to a sign posted at the restaurant.

Jai Juice closed its storefront on Lafayette Street but sales will continue as places around town – such as Conjure Coffee – agree to distribute the cold-pressed juices.

Around town

• Just in time for the holiday season, Chop's is getting in the business of brunch. The kickoff service will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 3 at the 6421 W. Jefferson Blvd. restaurant. Call 436-9115 for reservations.

Tolon has a new community table for large parties thanks to artist Parker Lee Shelton from 3 Feather Custom Wood. The artist also created the live-edge tables used on the restaurant's patio this summer.

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