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RESTAURANT NOTES, A COLUMN BY CINDY LARSON

Restaurant Notes: Eatery bringing Brazilian cuisine to town

Tucanos opening soon at Jefferson Pointe.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 12:01 am

Tucanos Brazilian Grill expects to open in late September where the food court used to be at Jefferson Pointe, 4130 W. Jefferson Blvd. Tucanos will offer a new dining experience to this area. It's described as “Rio de Janeiro-inspired Brazilian churrasco (shoe-HAS-ko) cuisine, which showcases a unique and extensive palette of local and international wood-grilled meats and salads.”

The eatery offers more than 15 different skewers of beef, pork, turkey, chicken, sausage, vegetables and pineapple carved and served tableside.

The restaurant chain describes itself as family-friendly and offers free meals for children under 6. Fort Wayne will be the ninth Tucanos location for the Denver-based company.

To learn more, go to www.tucanos.com, like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TucanosIndiana or follow them on Twitter at TucanosUSA.

New pizza place

Giver's Pizzaria has opened at 3412 Fairfield Ave., just a little north of Rudisill Boulevard. It's open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday.

The eatery serves pizza, subs, pasta, sausage rolls and hot wings and offers delivery after 5 p.m.

Eight tables provide dine-in service, or you can carry out. Parking is in the rear.

The phone number is 203-3292. The pizzeria is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GiversPizzaria.

New south-side bar and grill

The 19th Hole Bar and Grill has opened where Lambro's used to be at 303 E. Tillman Road. The eatery, owned by Bob Jackson, serves beer, wine and cocktails and offers a small menu of appetizers, sandwiches, salads and pizza. It opens at 11 a.m. every day and doesn't have a set closing time, but the kitchen closes at 9 p.m.

Bad news, good news

Sid Gauby closed his New Ground Coffee Company in Washington Square on Saturday. However, he will bring his coffee and fresh-baked muffins and scones to the streets of Fort Wayne in September on a coffee truck. Be on the lookout for the Slow River coffee truck.

Fundraiser pairs beer, food

Visiting Nurse is hosting “A Toast to Life: Specialty Beer and Food Pairing Dinner” to benefit Hospice Home.

The event begins at 4 p.m. Sept. 15 at Club Soda, 235 E. Superior St. The six- course menu complements six specialty beers provided by Indianapolis brewer Sun King. Tickets are $125 per person and are available at Club Soda and at Visiting Nurse Hospice Home, 5910 Homestead Road. Information: 435-3212. Proceeds benefit Hospice Home, the area's only inpatient facility dedicated to the needs of the terminally ill and their families.

Celebrity chef judge

Celebrity Chef Steven Meese will be a judge in the Summit City Chef Competition, a fundraiser for the Fort Wayne Children’s Foundation, which works to prevent child abuse.

Meese is the host of “A Chef’s Journey” on PBS.

Chefs from Chop’s , Eddie Merlot’s, Club Soda, Baker Street and TW Fable in Bluffton will compete for the Summit City Best Food, Wine and Dessert trophies. Attendees will get to sample all the food and wine.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at Sweetwater Sound, 5501 U.S. 30 W. Tickets are $200 per person or $2,000 per table. To learn more about the Fort Wayne Children’s Foundation or to purchase tickets go to www.fortwaynechildrensfoundation.org. You also can call 637-6000 or 637-4969.

Something happening at your eatery? Call Cindy Larson at 461-8284, fax 461-8817, email clarson@ news-sentinel.com or write Restaurant Notes, C/O The News-Sentinel, PO Box 102, Fort Wayne, IN 46801. To read other columns, go to www.news-sentinel.com/ section/LARSON.