JK O’Donnell’s Irish Ale House – Let It Pour
Mar15

JK O’Donnell’s Irish Ale House – Let It Pour

When Irish eyes are smiling, they are usually up to something and JK O’Donnell’s Irish Ale House has some smiling eyes as they are getting ready to kick off their annual St. Patrick’s Day bash on Saturday, March 17. They will be open all day and all ages are welcome until 7PM so be sure to bring the littles for some family fun under the tent. There will be live music from 12 to 11 PM and admission is only $5! For those of you wanting to check out the bar and toast St. Patty with an Irish brew, the pub will be 21 and over only. And if you are in desperate need of a kilted bagpiper, be sure to check out The O’Tooles, who will be dropping in for a few performances. Check out all you need to know about the upcoming celebration here. While JK O’Donnell’s will be full of Irish cheer this Saturday, they have a lot more to offer than St. Patty’s Day shenanigans. One of their most recent changes is a newly vamped menu. Check out our interview! What inspired you to choose these dishes?  We have to change it for us and the customer.  There are dishes that will always be standards here but there’s a desire to keep things fresh and interesting. How often does the menu change? About every 6 months. It used to be that we would change the menu once a year, but I would like to see us on a more predicable timeline to provide heartier, comfort food in the colder months and then provide more lighter options during the warmer months. What are the gluten free/vegan/vegetarian options? Our hummus is gluten free and vegan.  Our veggie burger is now served on a pita which makes the dish both vegetarian and vegan.  We offer gluten free buns as an option on any of our sandwiches. Several of our other dishes can be made gluten free or vegetarian with minor adjustments. Are there any other changes you’d like to highlight? What precipitated the menu change? We have been getting a great response from all of our new dishes.  The mussels are a great addition as well as the lamb meatloaf.  The chicken bacon mac and cheese has been a huge hit. Any new drinks to highlight?  We specialize in a providing a wide variety of craft beer along with ciders and meads. Our large selection of drafts and bottles is designed to provide an option for almost everyone, while highlighting some of the more unique craft beer creations. Check out the menu and hours on their website. May your...

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Release – Savor Fort Wayne 2018 to run until January 21
Jan10

Release – Savor Fort Wayne 2018 to run until January 21

Press release from Visit Fort Wayne Starting today, 48 Fort Wayne restaurants are offering three-course, value-priced menus during the fifth annual Savor Fort Wayne from Wednesday, January 10 – Sunday, January 21. Participating Fort Wayne area restaurants will feature specially crafted menus including appetizers, salads, steaks, sandwiches, seafood, pasta, ethnic delights, dessert and more in addition to vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options. Savor Fort Wayne restaurants include: 07 Pub Asakusa Bandidos- Aboite Bandidos- Glenbrook Bandidos- Georgetown Bandidos- Waynedale Black Canyon Bourbon Street Hideaway Casa Grille Casa Ristorante Italiano Casa Grille Italiano Casa! Ristorante Champions Chappell’s Coral Grill Chop’s Wine Bar Club Soda DeBrand Fine Chocolates Don Hall’s Tavern at Coventry Don Hall’s Takaoka Don Hall’s Factory Don Hall’s Guesthouse Grill Don Hall’s Gas House Don Hall’s Triangle Park Eddie Merlot’s el Azteca Mexican Restaurant Features Bar and Restaurant HT2 J.K. O’Donnell’s Junk Ditch Mad Anthony Brewing Co. Naked Tchopstix Nawa Nick’s Martini & Wine Bar Nori Asian Fusion Cuisine The Oyster Bar Park Place on Main Street Rack and Helen’s Red River Steakhouse Shigs In Pit – Fairfield Shigs in Pit – Maplecrest Shoccu Sweet Lou’s Pizza Tolon Trolley Steaks & Seafood Trubble Brewing Tucanos Brazilian Grill Wine Down Wu’s Diners can also make an evening out during Savor Fort Wayne by taking advantage of a special ticket offers from the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Fort Wayne Komets, Fort Wayne Mad Ants, First Presbyterian Theatre, Fort Wayne Mastadon Basketball and more. Learn more at SavorFortWayne.com! For a list of participating restaurants, menus and special offers, visit...

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LFW Weekly Fun File – New Year’s Edition
Dec29

LFW Weekly Fun File – New Year’s Edition

– (And mostly celebrate the fact that 2016 is OVER.) This isn’t everything that’s happening in Fort Wayne this weekend, but it’s a great sampling of NYE fun for all ages! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can go ahead and submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. 1. Let’s Laugh Off 2016 in The Comedy Garage Thursday, December 29 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. 2016 has been a bit rough. Laugh away the year with Let’s Comedy! There’s no cover for this last show, go enjoy yourself at Pedal City! 2. Science Central’s Countdown to Noon Saturday, December 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For the price of admission, take your kiddos to a fun, interactive New Year’s Eve party! They can make party hats, noisemakers, or get their faces painted. There will be a soda toast around noon, complete with a countdown. 3. Kids & Family NYE Party!! Saturday, December 31 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. If you need a family-friendly evening event, stop by teds! There will be games and snacks, kid-friendly beverages (and adult beverages, too) and a “midnight” ball drop (aka 8:30 p.m. ball drop). 4. Fort Wayne’s New Year’s Ball Drop (FREE EVENT) Saturday, December 31 from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. It’s finally here! Music. Fireworks. LED tower. Countdown to 2017. It’s free and open to all ages. Don’t miss it! 5. 2017 NYE Ball at Main St Saturday, December 31 from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. This is a 21+ event, and the official indoor partnership with the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a champagne toast with the price of admission. There will be dancing and a photographer to catch you looking snazzy. 6. Space Out NYE Party! Saturday, December 31 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. This is Wunderkammer’s annual NYE party/fundraiser. If you want to have a great time for a fabulous cause, stop by Wunderkammer for the evening. 7. NYE 90’s Night with live music Saturday, December 31 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. ’90’s night! It’s the best way to ring in the new year. 8. Secret Mezzanine New Year’s Eve Saturday, December 31 from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Secret Mezzanine will be at Deer Park, If you’re looking for a little more low-key, still awesome bar experience, enjoy some food and music at Deer Park. 9. New...

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Artink’s Gallery Crawl Recap
Apr14

Artink’s Gallery Crawl Recap

Tonight is Artlink’s first ever Pop Up Gallery Crawl through downtown Fort Wayne where vacate businesses will become art galleries for one night only! Come and join us from 6 to 9 pm to experience local food, musician, and original artwork available for purchase. There will also be a cash bar at each location. The walking tour will showcase a variety of 2D and 3D creations by artists born and raised right here in our small, but thriving art scene. For anyone who has been tuning into Living Fort Wayne’s Gallery Crawl series the last couple of weeks, some of the artists and locations have changed. But below includes the finalized list of all the artists, vendors, and where they will be located on the walking tour.     Location 1 Venue: Artlink Contemporary Gallery Artists: Jerrod Tobias and Julie Wall Toles Musician: Left Lane Cruiser Restaurant: Oyster Bar       Location 2 Venue: Old Journal Gazette Building on the corner of Main Street and Clinton Street Artists: Jeffrey Crane and Molly Stronczek Musician: Paul Stephens Restaurant: Bar 145       Location 3 Venue: 123 W Main Street Artists: Jason Swisher and Daniel Dienelt Musician: The Fierce Invalids       Location 4 Venue: 127 & 129 W Main Street Artist: Justin Johnson Musician: West Central Quartet Restaurant: Club Soda   Location 5 Venue: MKM Architecture & Design Artists: Jeremy Stroup and Gary Travis Musician: David Todoran Restaurant: JK O’Donnell’s Location 6 Venue: The City Exchange Shops Artist: John Leavell Musician: James & The Drifters Restaurant: Hall’s Restaurant     Location 7 Venue: Cinema Center Artist: Theoplis Smith Musician: Alicia Pyle Restaurant: Calhoun Street Soups, Salads, & Spirits   Hurry and get tickets online here before it’s too late! They are available at $15 per person and $25 per couple. You must be 21 years or older to participate. There are only 500 tickets available and time is running out! For anyone posting pictures on social media during the Gallery Crawl, please use #gallercrawlfw to share the event with the rest of the city. For more information, please visit Artlink’s website. Or follow them on social media at Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We hope to see you...

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Artlink Gallery Crawl: Meet Jeremy Stroup
Apr05

Artlink Gallery Crawl: Meet Jeremy Stroup

On Thursday, April 14th from 6 to 9 pm, Artlink is hosting its first Pop-Up Gallery Crawl. Participants have the opportunity to take a walking art tour through downtown Fort Wayne where they will experience local music, food, and original artwork available for purchase from a variety of artists. From the Cinema Center, guests will continue their tour to MKM architecture + design on 119 West Wayne. As an award-winning design firm, MKM architecture + design is devoted to improving the wellbeing of the community through events like the Pop-Up Gallery Crawl. At this tour stop, guests can try food from Fort Wayne’s Irish pub, JK O’Donnell’s, while hearing the musical stylings of singer-songwriter and guitarist, David Todoran. Work from two local artists, Gary Travis and Jeremy Stroup, will also be displayed, including a series of paintings Stroup will be unveiling  for the first time at the Gallery Crawl.       Jeremy Stroup’s new series will consist of abstract paintings with a single, isolated subject. Stroup also specializes in sculpture, drawing, and printmaking. His goal is to create work that is minimal and graphic so that he can communicate a symbolic message.     Like the other artists featured at the Gallery Crawl, Jeremy Stroup’s love for art manifested when he was very young. “I’ve loved drawing for as long as I remember,” Stroup explains. “I’ve always enjoyed making and drawings things, but it wasn’t until college that I gained a deep appreciation for art, art history, and aesthetics. Around a year into my BFA I became very interested in modern and contemporary art.” It was at this time that Jeremy Stroup found his direction as an artist.     Jeremy Stroup is also proud to be a part of the Fort Wayne community which allows so many artists to grow and prosper. “Fort Wayne’s biggest advantage is the freedom to do what you want. Cost of living is affordable enough here that artists can support themselves easily and still have time and money to do whatever they want artistically. We don’t have the amenities of a bigger city, but young artists are able to do what they want without as much struggle.”     “Another advantage in a smaller community like this,” Jeremy Stroup adds, “is everyone knows who you are and a lot of them are actually rooting for you. Which is a very nice feeling when approaching such a big thing as making a break into a new community and improving on your art.”     Jeremy Stroup’s website is currently in progress, but you can find him on his tumblr or Facebook. His art is also shown locally at Artlink and Wunderkammer Company, another...

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