St. Patrick's Day is not just about tiny redheads in top hats, green beer and party tents.
OK. It's a lot about those things, but there is more to the holiday honoring the Irish saint. And with St. Patrick's Day falling on a Saturday this year, there's going to be plenty of places to celebrate.
• Deer Park Irish Pub, 1530 Leesburg Road, will host its 20th annual Clover Classic this weekend, with celebrations beginning Friday. At 6 p.m., a leprechaun, accompanied by a Scottish bag piper, will arrive with a keg of green beer. Deer Park owner Tony Henry and friends will tap the keg, and music will go from 8 to 11 p.m.
On Saturday, the doors open at 11 a.m. and the pub will serve green doughnuts, lattes and beer. The men's and women's keg tosses will start at 4 p.m., and the Shamrock Sprint will follow at 4:45 p.m. Then “The World's Shortest St. Patrick's Parade,” with Mayor Tom Henry serving as grand marshal, will begin at 5 p.m.
Live musicians will perform throughout the day.
Sunday is family day, featuring the “St. PETrick's” variety show with the Allen County SPCA.
Admission for the public is free for events all weekend except for Saturday evening's DJ DAP-One for which there is a $3 cover charge. Free parking for the entire celebration can be found at the University of Saint Francis.
• Curly's Village Inn, 4205 Bluffton Road, will open its doors at 1 p.m. Saturday and begin serving Irish fare at 5 p.m. Reuben sandwiches, corned beef and cabbage dinner and made-from-scratch Irish whiskey cake will be on the menu.
• The Lucky Moose, 622 E. Dupont Road, will have Irish fare for St. Patrick's Day. Starting at noon, a buffet with corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew and Guinness beer-battered fish and chips will be available for $11.11. The restaurant will also introduce a new burger made with freshly ground corned beef brisket. Served on rye with a sauce that is like a spicy Thousand Island, it will be topped with shredded lettuce and fried cabbage. The cost will be $7.77. On the drink side, the bar will sell $3 pints of Guinness and $2.50 pints of green beer.
• Granite City Food and Brewery will host a daylong fundraiser on St. Patrick's Day, donating 10 percent of store sales to local fire departments. The fundraising event is part of Granite City's monthlong Irish Fest. The seasonal menu includes two new brews: Burning Barn Irish Red Ale and Raising Ladders Irish Whiskey Red Ale. Raising Ladders is being served in homage to firefighters everywhere.
On the food side, the Irish Fest menu features an Irish red-ale Reuben, slow-braised Irish brisket, Burning Barn battered cod sliders and whiskey-glazed cedar plank salmon.
• St. Patrick's Day is a 35-year tradition at The Venice Restaurant. The 2242 Goshen Road spot will have corned beef and cabbage dinners all day for $10.95, as well as Irish stew for $6.95, beginning at 11 a.m. There will also be green beer, Irish cocktails and Yuengling products. Paul New Stewart and Charles Rhen will sing and play all of your old Irish favorites from 2 to 9 p.m., and bagpipers will arrive at 5:45 p.m. There is a cover charge of $3 when the music starts. The annual Son of the Sod will be presented at 4 p.m.
• Joseph Decuis will serve a three-course Irish-inspired lunch Saturday as part of Roanoke's celebrations. The menu includes Irish Cheddar and Guinness soup, caramelized cabbage, shepherd's pie and bread pudding with an Irish whiskey sauce. The cost is $40 a person or $50 with wine or Irish beer. Reservations, which are required, are available between noon and 2:30 p.m. Call 260-672-1715.
• Waynedale Bakery, 2610 Lower Huntington Road, will have some Irish specials this week. On the menu will be Irish soda bread ($3 a loaf), Mint Chocolate Torte ($3.50), Salted Caramel Torte ($3.50), cinnamon rolls ($5 for six) and shamrock-shaped iced sugar cookies ($12 a dozen). Call 747-2992 to order.
Metro Diner, a Florida-based franchise that made a name for itself on Food Network's “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” is gearing up to open its first location in Fort Wayne.
The restaurant is set to hire for more than 100 positions at the 5525 Coldwater Road location. Applications for servers, cooks and kitchen staff are being accepted. Call 260-387-6504.
Metro Diner has locations in more than 10 states, including five restaurants in Indiana. The Fort Wayne restaurant, as well as one in Mishawaka, will bring the total to seven.
Guy Fieri, host of the Food Network show, featured the restaurant in 2010 highlighting menu items such as the meatloaf plate and Yo Hala on the Square, a stuffed French toast made with challah bread.
Auburn City Steakhouse will open its doors on April 19 and 20 for its First Glimpse Grand Tour.
Owner Bob Lebamoff wanted to showcase the restaurant to the public through a ticket-only tour so that he could give back to the community, which he says has already shown great support for the steakhouse.
Proceeds from the event will be donated to local nonprofits Boomerang Backpack and the DeKalb County Humane Society.
The tours will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the 203 Main St. restaurant, which is in the historic building that was once Auburn City Hardware.
There are a limited number of tickets available. To buy, go to www.auburncitysteakhouse.com/store/firstglimpse.
Tickets for the event are $50 per guest and include heavy hors d'oeuvres, two drink vouchers for a selection of beer and wine and an Auburn City Steakhouse swag bag.
The famous cone with the iconic curl on top takes center stage on the first day of spring as Dairy Queen will host the fourth annual Free Cone Day.
On Tuesday, participating non-mall Dairy Queen and DQ Grill & Chill eateries will offer guests a free small vanilla soft serve cone (limit one per customer while supplies last). At the same time, participating locations also will collect donations for local Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
Last year, Dairy Queen contributed almost $300,000 to hospitals.
Kingston Residence will host the 10th annual Kingston's Taste of Waynedale on Tuesday.
From 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Mount Calvary Family Life Center, 1819 Reservation Drive, 24 local restaurants will offer samples of a variety of food or drink. Among those participating are 07 Pub, Azar's Big Boy, Bandido's, Belmont Beverage, The Bluebird Restaurant, Casa Ristorante, China Palace, Culver's, Curly's Village Inn, Fort Wayne Chocolate Fountain, Hall's Original Drive In, Hill's Market, King Arthur's Trolley, LaFogata, Mad Anthony Brewing Co., McAlister's Deli, Miami Grill, Nine Mile Restaurant, Pizza Hut, Rise'n Roll Bakery & Deli, Sharing Peace Café, Shig's In Pit, The Stand and Waynedale Bakery.
A silent auction will also take place with gifts and services donated by local businesses.
Tickets are $15 a person in advance, or $20 the day of the event. Tickets can be purchased at Kingston Residence, 7515 Winchester Road, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday using check or cash.
Go to kingstonstow.eventbrite.com or Hair Affair on Bluffton Road for tickets.
• Mad Anthony Brewing Co., 2002 Broadway, has reopened after a couple weeks renovation. The original location of the craft brewery got new kitchen equipment and a modern-looking bar among the updates.
• Rise'n Roll announced that it will open a second location in the city. The Middlebury-based bakery, known for its cinnamon-sugar doughnuts, will head to the north side with a shop at 511 E. Dupont Road.
• Ichiban Asian Fusion restaurant, 4026 Coldwater Road, has closed but work is already underway for a new place. Work trucks were in the parking lot and signs up for Pho 59 Vietnamese Cuisine.
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