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RESTAURANT NOTES, A COLUMN BY CINDY LARSON

Scotty’s Brewhouse finally lands a location - where Buckets is

Sports bar will remodel building on West Jefferson Boulevard.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 7:00 am

First it was going in downtown as part of The Harrison. Then it was supposedly going to be built at Getz Road and West Jefferson Boulevard where a Richards Restaurant used to be. Now we can finally say where Scotty's Brewhouse will be located in Fort Wayne.

The sports bar, with locations in Indianapolis, Muncie, Bloomington, Lafayette, Mishawaka, Brownsburg and Carmel, has signed a lease and will go into the location where Buckets Sports Pub and Grub is now at 6282 W. Jefferson Blvd.

Owner Scott Wise says the building will be remodeled to give it a Scotty's look, with garage doors opening up onto a patio with an awning. The new Scotty's also will have a private dining area that can be rented out. He hopes to open the new restaurant this September.

To learn more about Scotty's and see its menu, go to www.scottysbrewhouse.com

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LongHorn stakes claim

Looks like a new steakhouse is planning to build in Fort Wayne.

LongHorn Steakhouse is planning to build a 6,200-square-foot steakhouse at 5050 Value Drive. That's over by the new Costco off Lima Road. This information comes from a legal notice published recently in the paper regarding storm water drainage.

LongHorn is part of the Darden group of restaurants, which also includes Olive Garden, Red Lobster and others. It's described on the Darden website as having a “relaxing atmosphere reminiscent of a Western rancher's home.” LongHorn serves steaks, chicken and fish that are fresh, never frozen according to their website. LongHorn has more than 435 restaurants. To learn more about the restaurant and see its menu, go to www.longhornsteakhouse.com.

We'll let you know when we know more, but it probably will be awhile; at this point they're just taking construction bids. A spokeswoman from Darden said via email, “We are currently pursuing permits for a location in Fort Wayne and that's all the information I can share at this time.”

DeBrand tours

While folks are in town for the annual Vera Bradley outlet sale, they can tour another home-grown business that has been successful internationally.

DeBrand Fine Chocolates is opening its doors for extended open tours again this year in conjunction with the outlet sale. Tours will take place at the Auburn Road location, 10105 Auburn Park Drive.

Tour dates and times are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 8-12 and noon-5 p.m. April 13. Tour cost is $5 per person, but each attendee will get a $5 rebate off a purchase of $10 or more.

No reservations or minimum group numbers are required.

Dicky’s specials

Dicky's 21 Taps, 2910 Maplecrest Road, is offering the following specials: Tuesdays, 50-cent wing night. Wings are available three ways: barbecued, Buffalo or sweet Asian. Fridays all-you-can-eat fish is $13.95. Catfish or tilapia is available grilled, blackened or cornmeal crusted. Price includes soup and salad bar. Saturday is rib fest for the barbecue lover. A full slab of ribs with soup and salad bar is $15.95.

Chef reaches charity milestone

Chef Eric A. Braun of Kneedachef Personal Culinary Services has reached a milestone. He donates his signature seven-course gourmet dinner to several charities for their annual fundraisers. He has just surpassed $100,000 in charity fundraising. Congratulations, Chef!

For more information, see his website at www.kneedachef.com.

Russian cuisine

The Special Cuisines class at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast will prepare a Russian-themed dinner Thursday. The a la carte dinner will feature appetizers, soup, salads, sides, entrees and desserts, including:

•Piroshkis, a golden brown biscuitlike pastry filled with meat and cheese or potatoes and cheese.

•Borscht, a hearty beat soup garnished with meat, cabbage and a dollop of sour cream.

•Carrot salad, shaved carrots dressed in a sweet, spicy sauce.

•Golubtsi, cabbage rolls filled with carrots, onions, and mushrooms served in natural juices and sauteed pearl onions.

•Ptichye moloko, sponge cake filled with souffle, topped with chocolate ganache and served with raspberry sauce.

Reservations, which are required, are taken for times between 5 and 6:30 p.m. To make reservations, call 480-2002. Dinners are served in the Hospitality Room on Coliseum campus, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd., and run $20, cash or check only. Wine is available for an additional cost.

Closed

The following eateries are permanently closed:

•Menchie's self-serve frozen yogurt, 6408 W. Jefferson Blvd.

•Hibachi Grill Supreme Buffet at Coldwater Crossing, 5507 Coldwater Road.

Open for Easter?

If your restaurant will be open Easter Sunday, April 20, or if your bakery or deli is running specials for Easter, I'll need the information by Friday to get it into next week's column so people can make plans. Please contact me via any of the methods listed below.

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. This column is the personal opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinion of The News-Sentinel. To read other columns, go to www.news-sentinel.com/section/food.