Fort Wayne Outdoor Dining Options
May12

Fort Wayne Outdoor Dining Options

It’s finally the time of year where it’s warming up, and we can take our socializing outside. For me, the Indiana summers are just one more reason that I love where I live. There’s nothing I enjoy more than socializing, eating, and drinking in an outdoor space; and believe it or not, Fort Wayne offers plenty of outdoor dining options. I did a series called Dining Al Fresco where I covered a handful of locally-owned places with outdoor dining. This time I’m going to condense it all into one amazing post of locally-owned, outdoor dining spots. But here’s the scoop, I don’t know everything! (I know, right. It is hard to believe!) I will need your help. If I missed one, let us know on Twitter or Facebook.     Locally-Owned Eateries with Outdoor Dining 800 Degrees 800 Degrees Three Fires 816 Pint and Slice Anastasia’s Cafe BakerStreet Black Canyon Restuarant Black Dog Pub Calhoun St. Soups, Salads, and Spirits Caliente Catablu Grille Chappell’s Coral Grill Chevvy’s Pizza and Sports Pub Club Soda Columbia Street West Dash-In The Deck Dicky’s Wild Hare Don Chavas El Azteca Flanagan’s Friendly Fox The Golden Granite City Hall’s Triangle Park Henry’s The Hoppy Gnome J K O’Donnell’s Joseph Decuis Junk Ditch Brewing Company Loving Cafe Mad Anthony Brewing Co. Main Street Bistro Mexico Antiguo O’Reily’s Irish Bar and Restaurant Oyster Bar Phoenix Pickles Cafe Red Rok BBQ & Burbon Saloon The Side Car at Winedown Summit City Brewerks Scotty’s Brewhouse Toscani Pizzeria Trubble Brewing Editor’s note – Previously posted on May 22, 2014 and updated on May 12,...

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St. Patrick’s Day in the Fort 2015
Mar07

St. Patrick’s Day in the Fort 2015

I may be bias because St. Paddy’s day is only two days after my birthday (selfless birthday plug), but this is one of my favorite celebrations of the year. Whether you like to drink green-dyed beer or just like shamrocks and an excuse to wear green, Fort Wayne offers plenty of reasons to get out of your house and have some fun. This year is no exception, from beer tents to a 5k, Living Fort Wayne has all the details on this year’s festivities below. Friday, March 13th – Tuesday, March 17th, Fort Wayne Irish Fest – Deer Park Irish Pub Friday, March 13th – Tuesday, March 17th, Beer Tent and Festivities – Flanagan’s Friday, March 13th, Fake Paddy’s Day Celebration – JK O’Donnell’s Tuesday, March 17th, St. Paddy’s Day Celebration – JK O’Donnell’s Tuesday, March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day Bash – Rudy’s Shop Saturday March 21st, 5-Kilt Run/Walk – Fort Wayne Get Green Saturday March 21st, River Greening – Fort Wayne Get Green As always have a blast, but most importantly, celebrate responsibly. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Did we miss an event? Let us know and we will get it...

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East State’s Newest: Nick’s Martini & Wine Bar
Feb23

East State’s Newest: Nick’s Martini & Wine Bar

This past weekend I had the opportunity to experience one of the newest additions to nightlife in our city, Nick’s Martini & Wine Bar. Located in the East State Village, Nick’s occupies a fully refinished space which was once the Rib Room’s family dining section. As the new establishment prepares for their grand opening, I took the opportunity to get a taste of the space so near and dear to my very own neighborhood in Lakeside. Over lunch I chatted with Karon Messman who is Nick’s general manager. Karon’s excitement for Nick’s was obvious as she explained the purchase of the building by the Henry brothers Chris, Kurt, and Matt, the remodeling of the family room into the new establishment, and the process of pulling things together in preparation of opening. We spoke about their drink menu offering classic martinis and cocktails, craft beers, and an extensive wine list with a reserve list coming soon. She explained their food menu which offers shareable small plates and desserts created from locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. We also discussed their entertainment offerings and how they are focusing on bringing an eclectic selection of musicians to their stage. All with hopes to attract the young professional demographic as well as their East State neighbors. I originally intended this article to be an interview but in true Living Fort Wayne style, I wanted to put more of a personal experience into it, so I ventured there that very evening. The establishment itself is both classy and classic with hardwood surfaces providing a warmth of space and special attention to lighting that sets the right mood for an establishment of that nature. We took seats at the bar-rail, which is a u-shaped, granite-topped rail seating about twenty people. In the center of the bar was their selection of spirits, proudly lit and on display. All around at high-top tables of two or four, or lounge seats surrounding a shared center table, people were smiling, sipping libations, sharing food, and enjoying the entertainer of the night, Mason Meussling. I was excited to find one of my favorite cocktails on the drink menu, the Aviation, so of course I ordered it. It was prepared with precision and explained through the process. She even took the time to explain to me exactly what crème de violette, one of the key ingredients, was. Needless to say, it was delicious. We spent some time at the bar speaking with other customers and the bar staff before we ordered off of the small plate menu. When the food came, all three of us were thoroughly impressed. My own personal favorite, as well as the personal favorite of Karon,...

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YLNI’s Premier Social Event, The Masquerade Ball
Jan22

YLNI’s Premier Social Event, The Masquerade Ball

Saturday, February 21st is the date of YLNI’s premier social event, the Masquerade Ball. Previously a New Year’s Eve event, this year’s gala is themed “Around the World” and will take place at the historic Freemason’s Hall. Interested in attending? Keep your eyes out on Living Fort Wayne’s Facebook and Twitter for contest details to win a pair of tickets, contest running from January 22nd through February 5th! This signature, annual event is YLNI’s way of celebrating another successful and prosperous year in the Northeast Indiana business market. The event demonstrates that being a part of this unique community is something worth celebrating and will feature international cuisine from local restaurants, dancing, and socializing. From 7PM – 9PM, take a trip around the world and taste cuisine from Europe, Asia and right here in the USA that will be provided by The Oyster Bar. Along with your world tour of cuisine, you can enjoy free beer and wine from each country. From 9PM – 11PM, the party really gets started! Local DJ, Adejai, will crank it up as we transform this historic venue into the hottest nightclub in town. Enjoy cocktails with your friends in the lounge area, take a spin at the oxygen bar (yes, an oxygen bar) or grab your Masquerade Ball Mask and hit the dance floor for a party you will never forget. It might be cold outside, but we will keep it heated up from 9PM – 11PM! Your ticket price includes entry into the event, a food tasting from 7PM-9PM, free beer and wine from 7PM-9PM, access to the oxygen bar while supplies last, access to a photo area, and live music. A cash bar will be available for the duration of the event. This event is black tie optional and Masquerade Ball Masks are required for entry. You must be 21 or older to attend this event. Pre-order ticket price – $55 Ticket price after February 16th – $60 Receive a YLNI Member / Past Attendee discount by emailing us at ball@ylni.org. All tickets are transferable but not refundable under any circumstances.     Freemason Hall, 216 East Washington Boulevard, Fort Wayne, IN 46802 My locationPrint Close   Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana (YLNI) is an all-volunteer organization based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, committed to making the community a better place. All of YLNI’s efforts are focused on three core endeavors: Community Growth & Development; Volunteering & Involvement; and Personal & Professional Development.   Web: http://ylni.org Facebook: http://facebook.com/ylni.org...

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Koze: Newest Thai in Town
Jan19

Koze: Newest Thai in Town

If there’s something I could tell you that you may not know about me, I would explain my tumultuous relationship with food. Everyday I have a new “favorite thing” which, more often than not, is probably what I’m eating right then. However, among all my confused proclaims of the ‘best thing ever’ one thing has remained consistent, my love for Thai. Naturally I was excited to hear of Fort Wayne’s newest Thai restaurant, Koze Thai Cuisine & Bar. Located in the old O’Charley’s on Lima, just north of Ludwig Rd., the location is not exactly within my normal downtown territory. However that didn’t stop a fellow Thai enthusiast and I from venturing north to try it out. I was familiar with the location, as I’ve eaten at the O’Charley’s that was there before. Koze still maintained much of that chain restaurant feeling. The location was very clean and felt like a more formal dining experience than I’m used to when eating Thai. Their menu was pretty typical of a Thai restaurant, featuring curry, noodles, and stir fry. I quickly located the one thing that I always use to judge Thai restaurants (mostly because it’s my favorite), Spicy Basil.   Each entree came with a light soup of carrots and tofu, flavored with cilantro and green onion. While the soup was not as hot as I would have liked, the flavor was there. It was a good, clean start to the meal. When the entrees arrived we were both surprised at the portions  provided. My spicy basil and peppers stir fry was colorful and the vegetables looked bright and delicious. The dish had good heat, which is a priority for me when eating Thai food. The vegetables were crisp and tasted fresh which always makes everything that much better. The green curry, which I did not eat myself, was stocked with plenty of eggplant, bamboo, peppers, and Thai basil. My friend liked the taste of the dish but would have preferred more curry for the amount of coconut milk in the dish. She also ordered Tom Yum Soup which was a red broth soup with vegetables, mushrooms, cilantro, and chicken. Both of us left with full bellies and that satisfaction that Thai food gives to a person. Next time I go out there I look forward to checking out their cocktail list and some of the other food options including their tapas menu. Koze Thai Cuisine & Bar http://kozethaifw.com/ (260) 755-6802 6709 Lima Road Fort Wayne, IN 46818 My...

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