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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 1:00 am

Chantilli's, formerly Chappell's, closes

Kimberly Dupps Truesdell | For The Journal Gazette

Chantilli's Steak and Seafood has closed its doors in Covington Plaza.

Tim and Lily Polk bought the restaurant, formerly Chappell's Coral Grill, in July 2018. They changed the name to Chantilli's in March. Gary Chappell started the restaurant, and he worked with the Polks to ensure a smooth transition.

In the past year, the restaurant remained true to the establishment Chappell started. The menu focused on quality seafood and steaks, quality lunch with the expansive salad bar and live piano music.

There was not a formal announcement ahead of the closing, which took place Saturday. There is a message on the website about the closing, and phone calls to the restaurant went unanswered.

Other attempts to contact the Polks were unsuccessful.

There is no word yet as to whether the restaurant could get new owners.

Pop-up restaurant

The Young Urban Homesteaders will host a pop-up event at The Phoenix on Broadway.

From Sept. 26 through 29, the group will operate a restaurant in conjunction with a four-day Giant Jenga Jamboree.

The menu has not yet been announced, but the event promises guacamole and a Bluegrass Brunch.

Samantha Arney and Philippe Caro began Young Urban Homesteaders as a backyard garden. But the enterprise grew to include growing fruits and vegetables in a vacant lot, making kimchi and eventually fermenting foods. Their products, which include fermented foods, vegan cheesecake and more, are available at local health shops and farmers markets.

Hours will be 5 to 11 p.m. Sept. 26, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 27, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 28, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 29.

Offseason hours

The Pier Restaurant at Oakwood Resort on Lake Wawasee will switch to offseason hours starting Oct. 7.

The Pier Restaurant and Bar will be open from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 8 to 11 a.m. Sundays.

On Saturday and Sunday mornings, a breakfast buffet will be available from 8 to 11 a.m. for hotel guests and the public. Various selections such as stuffed French toast, design-your-own three-egg omelets and several other options will be offered.

Cheeseburger Day

Today is National Cheeseburger Day. Yes, apparently it's a thing.

While we all might want to give the side-eye to these “holidays,” they are a great reason to indulge in one of the quintessential American dishes.

By the way, apparently Americans eat 50 billion burgers a year. (My 4-year-old accounts for about 20 billion of that total.)

To celebrate, restaurant chains are serving specials.

BurgerFi locations, including 7777 Coldwater Road, will offer $1 BurgerFi Cheeseburgers with the purchase of a BurgerFi Cheeseburger.

Red Robin diners can get a Gourmet Cheeseburger (with the bottomless fries) for $5 with the purchase of any regular-sized beverage. The promotion is for dine-in guests only.

The Classic Bacon Cheeseburger and endless fries will be $6.99 at Applebee's restaurants.

At Wendy's, burger fans can order a Bacon Cheeseburger for $1 when using the mobile app.

Burger King fans can get a 59-cent cheeseburger when they download and use the restaurant's app.

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.