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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 1:00 am

Tennessee seafood spot coming to city

Kimberly Dupps Truesdell | For The Journal Gazette

News broke last week that the former Bob Evans on Coliseum Boulevard won't be empty forever.

Storming Crabs, a Tennessee-based seafood restaurant, is planning to open in the space. The company currently operates four restaurants – two in Tennessee, one in New York and one in Clarksville.

But the Fort Wayne location seems to be part of an aggressive growth strategy. The company's website lists eight restaurants as “coming soon” and two as “under construction.”

The restaurant's menu builds off the idea of a seafood boil with combinations featuring crawfish, shrimp, Dungeness crab, clams, sausage, potatoes and corn. Diners can choose their boil flavors and the level of spiciness they prefer. There are also appetizers, other seafood dishes and a wide selection of cocktails.

A request for information was not immediately returned. Check back for more!

Plans in store for Hall's Express spot

Don Hall's is primed to make a big announcement today.

The restaurant group will be sharing its plans for the Food Factory Express building on Bluffton Road at 2 p.m. today in a Facebook Live event.

The Food Factory Express closed last year when the Original Drive-In reopened after extensive renovations. The two restaurants are on the same expanse of property, adjacent to Quimby Village.

The location served as a fast-food casual restaurant with a limited menu. It was “picnic food on the run,” available for carry-out and drive-through.

But the remodel of the Original Drive-In included a drive-through and a nostalgic car hop, and the Food Factory Express closing seemed to coincide with the update.

There are no official hints from Don Hall's about what the change could be but the post features a cake making some fans suggested it would be a space for Don Hall's Takes the Cake.

Deer Park honored

Deer Park Irish Pub patrons might still be recovering from the St. Patrick's Day holiday but owner Tony Henry is celebrating.

The Leesburg bar was recently recognized by CraftBeer.com as the best Great American Beer Bar in Indiana.

The website asked readers to share their favorites as it compiled its 2019 Great American Beer Bars list.

Almost 7,000 people responded to the survey and at least a third of the bars featured this year are making their first-ever appearance on the annual list.

Deer Park was recognized for its atmosphere, friendly staff and selection of craft beers. It has more than 200 beers, with about half dedicated to craft varieties.

“Deer Park is driven by the idea that a pub should be more than just a bar, but a place where people create memorable experiences,” Henry told the site. “Ultimately, our real focus is on building community. We work to build a community of craft beer lovers within the bar.”

Vive la Ivy Tech

Say it with me: bon apetit!

As part of a Classical Cuisine class, Ivy Tech hospitality administration students will highlight French cuisine during the program's spring dinner series.

Students write the menu and cook the meals, which follow the principles and techniques of renowned French chef Auguste Escoffier. There will be five dinners this semester.

There are three seatings each Thursday – 6, 6:15 and 6:30 p.m. The weekly themes include Normandy on April 4, Pays de la Loire on April 11, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté on April 18, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes on April 25 and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur on May 2.

The meals will be in Hospitality Room 1640 on the campus at 3800 N. Anthony Blvd.

To make reservations, which are required at least 24 hours before the dinner, call 480-2002.

Dinners are $20 a person, and wine is available for purchase for $5 a glass or $15 a bottle.

Go to IvyTech.edu/fortwayne/dinners to learn more.

Around town

Dairy Queen is celebrating spring with A Free Cone Day today. Fans can enjoy a free small vanilla soft-serve cone (limit one per customer, while supplies last) at participating non-mall DQ and DQ Grill & Chill locations. The ice cream franchise is also offering a small regular or dipped soft serve cone for 50 cents, available for redemption only with the DQ mobile app Thursday through March 31 at participating DQ and DQ Grill & Chill locations. This offer includes the new DQ orange, creamy and crunchy dreamsicle dip.

• A new Dunkin' Donuts has opened at 9821 Lima Road near Aldi and Walmart.

• The Chick-Fil-A at Jefferson Pointe is closed for remodeling. The fast food restaurant looks to be undergoing extensive changes. The drive-through has been dug up and the inside was cleared out. There is no word as to when it will reopen.

• The Pizza Hut at Southgate Plaza is closing to and will be converted into a carry-out and delivery-only restaurant.

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 at least two weeks before event or desired publication.