Rivaling restaurants with near cult-like followings, the White House Lodging Group is preparing to open a restaurant that takes messy burgers to a new level.
Burger Bar is slated to open Monday in the new Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Wayne Downtown.
The restaurant, which will offer dine-in and grab-and-go options, will be the second Burger Bar location. The other is in Austin, Texas.
The menu begins with classics, such as a double cheeseburger, and brings the flavor by sourcing Angus beef from Midwest farms. Diners can add peppered bacon to their sandwich or order the burger of the month. There's also french fries, soft-serve ice cream and milkshakes. Beer will also be available.
Kevin Croy, general manager of the Hampton Inn, likens Burger Bar to Shake Shack, a popular chain based in New York.
Local breweries win
The Fort Wayne craft beer scene was well represented in the Indiana Brewers' Cup 2019.
Local breweries won multiple awards in the contest that attracts entries from across the country.
Mad Anthony Brewing Co. won gold in the American ale category with Six 2 Midnight and silver in the European amber lager category for Auburn Lager.
Junk Ditch Brewing Co. won two silver awards: Batch, English pale ale category; and Tsar Bomba, strong stout.
Summit City Brewerks won three silver awards: Wee So Heavy, Scottish and Irish ale; Old Crown Ale, other American ale; and That's My Dog, stout.
Hop River Brewing Co. won gold for Alt in the amber hybrid beer category; bronze for Fat Bob's Porter in the porter category; and bronze for Harrison Street Wheat in the German wheat and rye beer group.
Fortlandia Brewing Co., which has plans to open on Spring Street, took home bronze for Grandma's Strawberry Pie in the fruit beer category. Until the brewery opens, it has its beers on tap at Deer Park Irish Pub and teds market.
HopLore Brewing in Leesburg won bronze for its Imperial Amish Krack in the specialty beer category.
Auburn Brewing Co. took bronze in the English pale ale group for its 5 Speed.
Klemm's Candlelight Cafe on East State Boulevard is preparing to update its building, inside and out.
But during the renovations, the restaurant will still be open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Sunday.
According to owners Chris and Kara Hoeppner, the facade will get an updated color scheme. The front entrance will double in size, and a handicap accessible ramp will be added. The decor will highlight the city of Fort Wayne and homemade breakfast, lunch, cookies and pies.
During the project, there will be daily construction food specials as well as the pan-fried chicken special from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays.
In March, a person was accused of driving under the influence and crashing into the building.
Klemm's had to close temporarily to clean up after the crash and install a temporary wall.
The restaurant might have the same name but Nirvana Taste has a new menu, new look and new management.
The space at 3032 S. Calhoun St. has been renovated, and the menu is now focused on Thai cuisine.
Among the offerings are samosas (added by popular demand), Thai shrimp cakes, curry noodle soup and seafood pho.
Nirvana Taste also has a selection of international beers.
More food trucks
If you have been out and about this summer, from the farmers markets to local festivals, you might have noticed something different. Each week seems to bring a new food truck.
I've previously shared some of the new additions, including Mercadito Taqueria and Chow Down Korean Taco Truck, and I've stumbled upon more meals on wheels.
One Love serves Jamaican and soul food, including jerk chicken, fried green tomatoes and sweet potato fries.
Payne's, a well-known restaurant at the Gas City exit on Interstate 69, has been rolling into Fort Wayne with its fish and chips.
WildWoods Grill serves tacos but is expanding its menu.
Waynedale Bakery is changing its morning offerings and expanding the options baked in-house.
After several years, the shop at 2610 Lower Huntington Road has stopped selling Tom's Donuts.
Instead, the bakers are producing in-house cinnamon rolls, bagels, Danish, turnovers and slices of pie.
The switch began July 2.
• Sweets So Geek has scheduled its grand re-opening for July 27. After a longer than anticipated move and remodel, the bakery and sweets shop will be ready for business in Georgetown Square. Saturday morning cinnamon rolls and scones will make a return, and there will also be specials, giveaways and more.
• Fortlandia Brewing Co. will open at 1010 Spring St. on Aug. 9. The nano-brewery produces small-batch beers and will have a taproom with seating for 25 to 30 people with 10 beers on tap. It will also distribute beers to local bars.
• July 25 is Miracle Treat Day at Dairy Queen. On that day, $1 or more from every Blizzard Treat sold at participating DQ locations will benefit Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
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