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McDonald’s Teams with UberEats to Bring McDelivery to Fort Wayne This Week

Posted by on July 24, 2018 | Comments Off on McDonald’s Teams with UberEats to Bring McDelivery to Fort Wayne This Week

McDonald’s Teams with UberEats to Bring McDelivery to Fort Wayne This Week

Fort Wayne, Indiana (July 24, 2018) – McDonald’s customers in the Fort Wayne area can now enjoy their favorite menu items through McDelivery on UberEats starting this week. Whether at work, home or just looking for a quick, convenient meal, users who have downloaded the UberEats app will now have access to McDonald’s menu items. Sixteen restaurants in the Fort Wayne area will be participating with the UberEats delivery service. “We’re very excited to partner with Uber Eats,” said Dick Littlefield, owner/operator of McDonald’s restaurants in Fort Wayne, Avilla, Woodburn and Churubusco. “If you’re a Mom busy with the kids or a student studying late at night, now you can get your favorite McDonald’s menu items so easy and quick. An Uber Eats courier will bring it right to you. It’s all about customer convenience,” Littlefield said. Customers can place orders on the mobile Uber Eats app or online at UberEats.com using the same account they use for Uber rides to track their orders. An UberEats booking fee applies to each McDelivery order. McDelivery menu and special offers may vary by location. For new UberEats users, a coupon code with $5 off the first McDelivery order is available. First time McDelivery users will be able to utilize their coupon code through December 31, 2018, using the code ORDERMCDS18. “With Uber Eats, you can get the food you want, where you want it, delivered at Uber speed,” said Barry Kennedy, Uber General Manager. “We are thrilled to partner with McDonald’s to give fans in town easy access to their McDonald’s favorites at the tap of a button.” McDelivery is another in a series of initiatives showcasing how McDonald’s continues to transform the restaurant experience. On top of the ability to order with McDelivery, customers will now have increased convenience through the addition of restaurant elements such as self-order kiosks, table service, digital menu boards and mobile order and pay. McDelivery through UberEats is an exciting partnership that is continuing to grow across the country. This is just another way that McDonald’s continues to raise the bar and put the experience of customers at the forefront. Participating McDonald’s restaurants will include: 3010 W. Coliseum, Fort Wayne; 5703 W. Jefferson St., Fort Wayne; 10310 Illinois Road, Fort Wayne; 1333 W. Washington Ctr., Fort Wayne; 1103 Goshen Rd., Fort Wayne; 3202 St. Joe Center Rd., Fort Wayne; 9827 Lima Rd., Fort Wayne; 7502 Lincoln Highway, New Haven; 255 Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne; 6810 Bluffton Rd., Fort Wayne; 6131 Stellhorn Rd., Fort Wayne; 202 E. Rudisill, Fort Wayne; 5796 Coventry Ln., Fort Wayne; 1210 Dupont Rd., Fort Wayne; 3940 E. State St., Fort Wayne; 515 W. Jefferson St., Fort Wayne   About McDelivery: With over two decades of delivery experience, with the most developed markets being Asia and the Middle East, McDonald’s is already one of the largest delivery players in the world. Across the world, McDonald’s utilizes several different models for McDelivery including partnering with various third parties for order and delivery fulfillment. McDelivery is currently available from more than 7,800 restaurants in 47 countries. About McDonald’s McDonald’s northern Indiana and southwest Michigan co-op franchisees locally own and operate 74 McDonald’s restaurants in Fort Wayne, South Bend and several surrounding communities. The Co-op also includes 15 company-operated restaurants. McDonald’s USA, LLC is the...

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2 Toms Brewing Company

Posted by on July 20, 2018 | Comments Off on 2 Toms Brewing Company

2 Toms Brewing Company

  When you walk in to 2 Toms Brewing Company, you’ll be immediately immersed. The aesthetic and the open concept space are as carefully crafted as the beer in the brew tanks. The polished concrete floor gleams with the reflection of the Edison-style light bulbs, which are encased in glass balls and suspended from black iron industrial light fixtures. As you soak in the mid-century/industrial design, you’ll start to pick up on another theme: repurpose. All the furniture has a story here. You’ll see counter height tables that are made of old bowling alley lanes and reclaimed steel I-beams. There are stools from an old science lab. Jim Beam barrels have been given new life as cocktail tables. The end of an old cable spool is now a rustic coffee table. Even the dining chairs have a story – they’ve been salvaged from a church and refinished. But despite all this attention to creative design, you won’t be able to deny that the brew tanks are the real focal point of the room. They’re showcased behind glass and a ledge with tall low-backed chairs offers you a front row seat for dreaming about the grain fermenting inside. The Story of 2 Toms The story of 2 Toms Brewing Company began when Tom Carpenter’s wife Stacie bought him a 1-gallon home brew kit for this birthday three years ago. “It came with a glass jug, hops, yeast – everything you’d need to make beer on the stove,” he told me. Tom says he’s always liked craft beer and it was fun to do on a small scale. “Getting to travel around to different breweries and taprooms, seeing the creative brewing styles coming out, talking to owners and brewers, I really enjoyed it.”The name came about because Stacie joked that Tom was so busy he needed to clone himself so they could have ‘two Toms’. “As far as the brand, right out of the gate I acted like a brewery. I have a business background and a creative and engineering mind. I created an Untappd.com account and printed up some Avery labels for my brews.” Tom is part of a local group called Pour Misfits, a craft beer group that meets to share and trade different beers and talk hops and malt. Pour Misfits is now worldwide, with members numbering over 3000. “I really respected their pallets, so I brought them my homebrew. They liked it and my beer developed a following. Eventually, people were begged us to open a business so they could get access to my beer full-time – and here we are,” he explained, pushing his cap back as he remembered. With their kids in college and their finances in order, Tom and Stacie decided to tackle this project together. They wanted to put together an experience. “The feeling of the taproom, the beer itself, the brand. 2 Toms isn’t just about taste. It’s about the two of us being transparent and putting this out there for everybody to enjoy. We’re coming at this from a culinary perspective: visually, the aroma, the mouth feel, the taste…we really think that all aspects of the experience set us apart,” said Tom. Unique Beer “Our styles are not always traditional. From our Hibiscus style, to our juicy new England style IPA...

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National Hot Dog Day at Coney Island

Posted by on July 17, 2018 | Comments Off on National Hot Dog Day at Coney Island

National Hot Dog Day at Coney Island

                      National Hot Dog Day is Wednesday, July 18 and we stopped by Fort Wayne’s Famous Coney Island to celebrate. They have been serving up coney dogs since 1914 in downtown Fort Wayne, and not much has changed. That’s exactly what makes them so special. Located at 131 W. Main Street, they are easily accessible and a local favorite. During the holidays, Coney Island has become a Fort Wayne tradition with lines around the corner. When natives return, one of the things at the top of their list is often a coney dog and a cold Coca-Cola. When you’re at Coney Island, you’re not just another person; you’re part of the family. The reason why family is important is because this business has been family-owned from the beginning and passed down through generations. They love the Fort Wayne community. When many businesses deserted downtown for the suburbs and malls, Coney Island never left. They’ve earned their success with each hot dog, each smile, and each passing year. Whether you have been enjoying Coney Island for years, or you are new to Fort Wayne, this is one place to build a tradition that never gets old. Each bite is filled with not only that Fort Wayne famous coney sauce, but it’s packed with love. The great thing about Coney Island is that even though the world has changed drastically in the last century, they have managed to keep their menu the same. It’s delicious, it’s reliable, and it’s there for us, seven days a week. Happy National Hot Dog Day! Pull up a seat at Coney Island. There’s a coney dog, or two (or four) waiting for...

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Lunch on the Square- The Place to be for Lunch!

Posted by on July 4, 2018 | Comments Off on Lunch on the Square- The Place to be for Lunch!

Lunch on the Square- The Place to be for Lunch!

There are so many cool things going on downtown this summer! The Three River’s Festival is coming up, the farmer’s market is a great place to make purchases, and TinCaps baseball is in full swing. If you get a chance, try to make Lunch on the Square to one of your downtown destinations. You can grab a great lunch there every Thursday from 11:30AM-1:30PM now through August at Freimann Square. This should be a must for anyone who has a free day, or who works nearby and can allow time on their lunch breaks to eat. Unfortunately, I work too far away to personally check it out, so I reached out to a few locals to get their opinions on the event. Amber Ruiz, her husband, and their son attended the very first Thursday of the season. Daniel and TJ Musser (ages 9 and 12) try to make it out a couple times a year with their family. Let’s see what they have to say about the event! What is your favorite thing to eat? Daniel: The Snooooop Dog is my favorite thing at Bravas. TJ: Bravas hot dogs because they are very good. I probably like the Snooooop Dog the best. (the Snooooop dog is a vienna beef frank, smoked bacon, smoked gouda, and aioli. You can have this on a burger, also!) Amber: My family and I tried the Ragin’ Cajun Food Truck-it was completely delicious!  We tried the tacos and jambalaya. No way you could go wrong!   What’s the crowd like? Daniel: It depends on the day. If it’s all droopy and rainy there is not much but if it’s sunny and nice there’s a lot more. TJ: It’s usually busy. There is a lot of people in line for the food trucks. Amber: We went to lunch on the square the first day- Thursday, June 7th. There was a considerable amount of people coming and going, enjoying the lunch trucks and free music, entertainment, and visiting stations/centers of local Fort Wayne vendors.   Is there other entertainment there? Daniel: There is music every week, but sometimes there are street performers there too. TJ: There’s shops and people playing music. There are stands you can get sunglasses from. (Local radio stations and other agencies have giveaway booths at the Square also!) Amber: The day my family and I went to Lunch on the Square, we were entertained by Alicia Pyle Quartet and a student From Covington Elementary- Addison Stout. Both put on a great performance, and allowed my family time to sit down and enjoy downtown Fort Wayne.   The Downtown Improvement District made Freimann Square THE place to be this summer for lunch. It definitely sounds like there are things to keep you entertained while eating- street performers, live music, and local giveaways to include a few. Also, check out the list below for some of the upcoming music groups that will be featured this...

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Summer Wine Guide Word Search

Posted by on July 3, 2018 | Comments Off on Summer Wine Guide Word Search

Summer Wine Guide Word Search

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Wine & Yoga at Sylvan Cellars

Posted by on June 21, 2018 | Comments Off on Wine & Yoga at Sylvan Cellars

Wine & Yoga at Sylvan Cellars

Looking for a mid-week stress reliever? Sylvan Cellars in Rome City offers Wine & Yoga every Wednesday from 6-7 p.m. all summer long. Instructor Kristi Martin provides a re-energizing yoga experience that can prepare anyone to tackle the rest of their week with confidence. After you’ve found your zen, Sylvan Cellars offers a complimentary glass of wine or beer. I recommend sipping your vino or brewski on the porch for added tranquility. After this week’s session, Martin described the vibe of Wine & Yoga as, “relaxation then afterwards fellowship. You’re in a more relaxed state, you can have wine and chill and have some conversation.” This atmosphere is open to any skill level. My friend and I attended this Wednesday and had no prior yoga experience. After learning the basics and taking in the peaceful scenery, I am certain we will be back for more! “Everybody has always been able to leave super relaxed,” Martin said, “it centers you, it’s just an overall good experience.” Classes are $17 which includes a glass of wine or craft beer of your choice afterwards. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own yoga mat, but if you forget yours at home (like I did) Kristin has extras. Check out this post for more details about the class. For more information about Wine & Yoga, follow Sylvan Cellars on...

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June Summer Festival Guide

Posted by on June 16, 2018 | Comments Off on June Summer Festival Guide

June Summer Festival Guide

Summer in Fort Wayne means every weekend Headwaters Park is packed with great festivals and entertainment. Here is a quick run down on what to expect for the first part of summer in northeast Indiana. Check out these highlights from our partners with Current Fort Wayne. Special thanks to Current Fort Wayne for being festival central! Greekfest (Click for more info) Thursday, June 21 – Sunday, June 24 A post shared by Fort Wayne Greek Festival (@fwgreekfest) on Jun 14, 2018 at 6:37pm PDT GearFest at Sweetwater  (Click for more info) Friday, June 22 – Saturday, June 23 A post shared by Sweetwater Sound (@sweetwatersound) on May 31, 2018 at 1:00pm PDT BuskerFest (Click for more info) Saturday, June 30 A post shared by Living Fort Wayne (@livingfortwayne) on Jun 24, 2017 at 6:52pm PDT Freedom Festival Artisan Market (Click for more info) Saturday, June 30 Stay tuned for July and August festivals coming...

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Proximo – the Future of Downtown Dining is “Next”

Posted by on June 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Proximo – the Future of Downtown Dining is “Next”

Proximo – the Future of Downtown Dining is “Next”

Downtown Fort Wayne has been growing exponentially and the restaurant scene is no exception. When The Golden closed its doors last November, rumors started flying as to who would come into the new space. I was incredibly excited to hear it would be none other than restaurant entrepreneurs James Khan, Pete Shuey, Lysa Pelkington and their amazing culinary team. You may know them from Baker Street, Hoppy Gnome, and Gnometown Brewing. Proximo means ‘next’ in Spanish and this is the next endeavor in the team’s growing restaurant empire. The restaurant is Latin inspired and will be open at 6 AM seven days a week, which will step up Fort Wayne’s brunch game. Having been an avid fan of its predecessors, I was thrilled to be invited to Proximo’s soft open this past weekend. The dinner menu was extensive and filled with so many items that I wanted to try that I was very glad I brought reinforcements that were willing to share. From five different ceviches, a variety of salad options, tantalizing appetizers, and entrees like street corn filet, my advice is to come hungry! I quizzed the group I brought and hands down our favorite appetizer that we tried was the Sope. Made with shrimp, Spanish chorizo, I’m pretty certain there may have been a fight over the last piece. The Tuna Tiradito was a close second. The combination of firm sliced tuna, fresh avocado, sweet pineapple and spicy jalapenos was truly a delight on the palate. I may have lightly stabbed someone in an attempt to steal all the jalapenos. I asked Khan what he recommended for our entrée choice and he said the Seafood Paella had been a huge hit so far. Initially he was not planning on having a paella option on the menu, but his wife Erika insisted that the menu wasn’t complete without it. Unfortunately, the paella was so popular that night that they sold out before I could sink my teeth into it. We did, however try the Salmon Succotash, Street Corn Filet, Pork al Pastor, and Ribeye a la Parrilla entrees all of which were flavorful and unique. The Patatas Bravas were divine and I could most certainly live on a diet solely comprised of it. You may think at this point that we couldn’t possibly have room for dessert, but if there is anything my dad has taught me, dinner is not complete without dessert! I was so full that I didn’t take a picture of the dessert menu, but I have included pictures of the actual desserts for your viewing/drooling pleasure. There was a hotly contested debate between which was better with yours truly voting for the moist chocolate cake and those of a lesser palate touting the flan (which I admit was good, but I stand by my chocolaty decision!). Also delicious was the raspberry tart, but chocolate trumps all in my book! Proximo’s official opening date was June 11th, and it is located downtown at 898 S Harrison Street right next to DeBrands in the Ash Skyline Plaza. The restaurant has a full bar and offers both private dining and catering. You can check out their hours of operation...

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YLNI Farmers Market In Full Swing

Posted by on June 12, 2018 | Comments Off on YLNI Farmers Market In Full Swing

YLNI Farmers Market In Full Swing

Downtown Fort Wayne has the PERFECT place to grab a morning cup of coffee, a bite for breakfast, some groceries and a little something extra for yourself too! The YLNI Farmer’s Market on the corner of Berry and Barr is a HUGE gathering of local farmers, entrepreneurs, bakers and craftsmen that set up shop from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays in the summer. My best advice is to arrive right at 9. On my visit to the farmer’s market I left around 9:45 and the street was packed! Some vendors even had items crossed off their menus because they had ALREADY sold out. Like the saying goes, the early bird…well, you know…the early bird gets the last fresh snickerdoodle! Here are some finds from my most recent trip to the YLNI Farmer’s Market: I made off with a bath bomb from Redmaster Fusion that, no joke, smells like Fruit Loops . The owner, Kerry Redmaster, started her shop 8 years ago making soy candles and expanded from there. One of the coolest things I have seen is her creation of a bath bomb/soap bar. Just throw the whole thing in the tub and when the bath bomb fizzes out, you are left with soap- Genius! Visit her shop at https://www.redmasterfusionllc.com/ or in person at 537 W. Jefferson Blvd. Did I mention there is a surprise in the middle of her bath bombs? For my kitchen table I purchased some pea shoots and pine berries. Pea shoots taste just like peas, and are loaded with even more nutrition than the full grown plant. These and other “micro greens” are available at the market, and taste delicious on a salad or in a sandwich! I ate my pea shoots tossed with some mozzarella and parmesan cheese, served over lemon and herb spaghetti. Pineberries are white “strawberries” with red seeds and have the faint taste of pineapple in each bite.  Tea drinkers- visit Teajutsu. Actually, you non-tea drinkers go too, just to enjoy the catchy names! With teas called “I Am Froot” (Guardians of the Galaxy) and “Winter at Hogsmeade” (Harry Potter), it’s hard to resist geeking out with a cup. I purchased the Strawberry Shortcake tea, it tastes as bold as it smells and saves calories. This tea tastes just like the real thing! Your taste buds will thank you for visiting the online shop- http://www.teajutsu.net/. You can even place an order online and they will bring it to the market for you to pick up. (Editor’s note – the Teajutsu is a part of the nearby Fort Wayne Farmers Market, also on Barr Street). The YLNI Market is truly a showcase of our local talent. I highly recommend anyone visit a few times over the summer. Go hungry- you can purchase a cup of hot or iced coffee and visit select food trucks like Afine, Bravas and Sol Kitchen. Along with general baked goods (gluten free options included), fruits and veggies, you will also see kettle corn, breakfast burgers, fudge and honey. Make off with flower, herb and veggie starts, create a fresh bouquet or visit booths from local craftsmen and women. Parking is pretty open on the streets near the market, or a block or so away. I guarantee you will enjoy strolling downtown and find something to your...

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Waiter on the Way: Growing a business by ‘doing the right thing’

Posted by on May 31, 2018 | Comments Off on Waiter on the Way: Growing a business by ‘doing the right thing’

Waiter on the Way: Growing a business by ‘doing the right thing’

This story was originally published in the May 23, 2018 issue of Input Fort Wayne as Waiter on the Way: Growing a business by ‘doing the right thing’.    Have you ever wanted delivery service from a restaurant that doesn’t offer it? That’s the idea behind Waiter on the Way. The process is simple. Visit the website, and you’ll find a list of local and national restaurants you can order from with detailed menus and weekly blog stories. Simply call or place an order on the mobile-friendly interface, and the food you’re craving will be delivered to your home or office. While other delivery services have come and gone in northeast Indiana over the years, Waiter on the Way has remained a community staple. Based out of downtown Fort Wayne, it continues to grow its influence in the region. When the owner, Derek Berkes, purchased the company in 2001, he had a staff of 20 people and delivered from 20 restaurants. Today, he has more than 110 employees, delivering from more than 140 restaurants, including local favorites like Casa, Coney Island, and Shigs In Pit. “When we started, we were averaging about 65 orders a day. Now, we average 265 orders a day,” Berkes says. He may have been honored with a 2017 Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly Business Excellence Award for “Business of the Year – Revenue Less than $5 Million,” but money was not always easily accessible for him. Instead, he says his personal failures and his ability to learn from them are what gave him the work ethic he has today. From debt to success Before Berkes turned 30, he accumulated massive amounts of debt as a result of trying to build a business, create cash flow, and hire a large staff. He wanted to take Waiter on the Way to the next level and believed that accumulating debt while doing so was the only viable approach. In his attempt to grow the company, the pressure of making money for the sake of making money become overbearing. He knew he needed to change something. “I used to chase money. I made the profit more important than anything else because I had so many people relying on the success of the business.” Berkes says. “That approach simply doesn’t work. I was very driven. I still am, but I changed what I allowed to drive me.” In his early 30s, he decided to reset his approach around creating value for the Fort Wayne community. “I focus on the quality and the relationships,” Berkes says. “I want to do the right thing every time and with every interaction. Those components will allow money to chase me instead of me chasing money. I never worry about the money now. My focus is on relationships and people.” Berkes describes this approach as customer-centric, starting with what customers need and then building a business out of that. “I want the customer to win first,” he says. “The restaurant wins second. The driver wins third. The operator wins fourth. I am happy to come in fifth. I win last, or I don’t win at all.” However, he’s found that with this approach, he does win more often than not, overcoming the odds even in dire circumstances. During the 2008 financial crisis, when a majority...

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