The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, January 05, 2022 1:00 am

The Dish: Tot truck owners open Hangout Spot in New Haven


Sarah and Mitchell Dimke had always joked about turning tater tots into a meal and using puns to catch people's eyes.

And so, in 2020, they launched the food truck Drop It Like It's Tot. The truck offers dishes such as The Hangover, which features potato coins and tots with scrambled eggs, ground sausage, country gravy, cheese and bacon.

But this weekend you won't have to find the truck to enjoy a tater tot dish – and a good pun. The Dimkes have opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant in downtown New Haven, and there will be a ribbon cutting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

The Hangout Spot, 717 Broadway St., will be open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The restaurant features food truck favorites, as well as a variety of appetizers, sandwiches, wraps, soups and salad. Among the sandwiches and wraps are Sloppy Joe, Buffalo Chicken and Italian. There will also be Purple Mountain Cheesecake, pies and cookies for dessert.

Time to savor city

Savor Fort Wayne returns next week.

Organized by Visit Fort Wayne, this event is Fort Wayne's version of restaurant week. Restaurants offer three-course meals at special prices over of 12 days.

More than 65 restaurants are participating in the Jan. 12-23 event. Options range from Mexican to Vietnamese, American to Japanese. There are classic restaurants on the list, such as Don Hall's Gas House and Club Soda, and some of the newest eateries in Fort Wayne, including Birdie's at the Bradley and Marquee at the Landing.

Kristen Guthrie of Visit Fort Wayne says the organization worked with community partners to secure more Latino- and Black-owned restaurants for this year's event.

“It's a part of our restaurant community that we wanted to include,” Guthrie says, adding that the partnerships allowed Visit Fort Wayne to highlight more entrepreneurs.

“We're looking forward to some of those new tastes.”

In addition, more than a dozen new restaurants are participating in Savor this year.

Menus for some restaurants are available at, and Guthrie says more are being added each day.

Junk Ditch Brewing Co. will have a three-course menu that costs $30 a person. Diners will choose from a list of starters, entrées and dessert. At Sweets on Main, visitors can choose two items from the Savor menu for $10.

Chocolate champs

A Michigan creamery was recognized by the North American Ice Cream Association for having the best chocolate ice cream. But you don't have to drive two hours to try this award-winning flavor.

The Oh Five Scoop Shop, 1937 E. State Blvd., serves ice cream from the MOO-ville Creamery, which is in Nashville, Michigan.

MOO-ville was recently recognized at Conecon, an ice cream trade event in Orlando. It received the highest score – and a blue ribbon – in the chocolate ice cream category. MOO-ville Creamery's Troy Westendorp says the creamery uses granulated sugar instead of corn syrup, and the ice cream has a high percentage of butter fat. MOO-ville Creamery also earned high honors for its strawberry and vanilla flavors which are also scooped up at the Oh Five.

Patrons can try the flavors as part of the shop's Sundae Club. People who try the shop's 10 sundaes between January and March will receive a free Oh Five T-shirt or hat. Sundaes include the Smores Please, which is made with the award-winning chocolate ice cream, hot fudge and marshmallow. The Bed Head Crunch sundae has strawberry ice cream, chocolate sauce and the cereal du jour.

The Oh Five Scoop Shop is locally owned and operated by Todd and Molly Jordan. The shop is open 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

The Dish features restaurant news and food events and appears Wednesdays. Fax news items to 461-8893, email or call 461-8304 at least two weeks before event or desired publication.

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