A popular 70-year-old restaurant in downtown Decatur was headed for the auction block this year, but a local businessman and firefighter swooped in to give it new life.
BJ Lengerich, who grew up in Decatur, purchased 2 Brothers Bar and Restaurant, 239 W. Monroe St., just before the assets were dismantled and sold.
Lengerich, who is a fireman with the Fort Wayne Fire Department as well as a real estate investor, said he was interested in 2 Brothers because he was aware of its history in his hometown. 2 Brothers, which dates back to 1947, is located in a historic two-story brick building built in 1892. The bar/restaurant has long served as one of several anchor restaurants in downtown Decatur.
The building has undergone significant renovations since Lengerich bought the business, including improvement to the infrastructure and the addition of modern amenities. The restaurant's wood paneling was removed and the building's original brick walls were exposed. Antique flooring was also restored, and new flooring installed.
The restaurant has also received a facade grant from the city of Decatur, making exterior improvements possible.
The menu at 2 Brothers has been redesigned, combining old favorites and new items. Popular staples such as 2 Brothers' chili and tenderloins – made from recipes dating back to the original owners – have returned. New menu options include healthy choices along with fresh meat products from Decatur's Manley Meats.
A familiar face has also returned, as Samantha Orme, the niece of the previous owners, has been hired to serve as operations manager.
The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday. 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and the bar is open Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Dinner and a show at Angola eatery
Tibbits Summer Theatre will put on a special dinner theatre production this month, offering a full meal and a cabaret-style performance that features members of its professional summer company.
The cabaret performance will be presented July 11 at 6 Autumns Food and Spirits, 3855 Indiana 127 in Angola, and will feature actors from the summer cast singing a collection of contemporary and classic Broadway songs.
Entrée options will be a grilled chicken breast topped with Parmesan artichoke spread; Julia's Slammin' Salmon, a salmon filet topped with a blue cheese and dill crust; or Herb-Encrusted Beef Tenderloin, slow-roasted beef tenderloin with an herb crust. Entrées will be served with salad and choice of two sides: grilled green beans, grilled squash, rice pilaf or roasted red potatoes.
Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the performance begins after salad service. Tickets for each restaurant experience are $50 per person which includes fees and gratuity. A cash bar is available but not included in the ticket price. Reservations are required and may be made by calling the Tibbits box office between 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at 517-278-6029, or order online at Tibbits.org. Tibbits is based in Coldwater, Michigan.
LongHorn offers tips to grill steaks
Need some help making that perfect steak for Independence Day? LongHorn Steakhouse's “Grill Us” hotline will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at 1-855-544-7455. The “Grill Masters” on hand are finalists in LongHorn Steakhouse's Steak Master Series – a culinary competition where top-performing grilling experts from restaurants around the country compete for the title of national champion.
Guests can also chat with an expert on Longhorn Steakhouse's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages all summer using #LHGrillMaster.
• Wine Down, 301 W. Jefferson Blvd., has debuted a new summer cocktail menu. Among the fresh items are Hospitali-Tea, Anger Management, Blackberry Whiskey Sour and Pineapple Express.
• Penn Station East Coast Subs will mark National French Fry Day on July 13 by giving customers a free small fresh-cut fry with any sandwich purchase.
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