Happy New Year!Several restaurants are offering New Year’s Eve deals. Among them:
• Want wine, prime rib and piano music? The Venice Restaurant, 2242 Goshen Road, will have it all Saturday night.
For $33 per person you can ring in the new year with your choice of prime rib and potato, shrimp Nicole (fettucine Alfredo with shrimp), or chicken Parmesan with a side of pasta as well as minestrone soup, your choice of salad, tiramisu and a glass of house wine. The Dueling Piano Boys (Paul Stewart and Brian Frushour) will play 7 p.m.-midnight. If you want to come before 7 p.m. regular dinner prices will apply. A $3 cover charge will apply to diners 7-9 p.m. who don’t choose the $33 special. Just want to hear some late-night music? After 9 p.m. a $10 charge will apply, plus the cost of drinks and food.Hats, horns, noisemakers and Champagne come out at midnight. Make a reservation by calling 482-1618.
• We love a good party, but midnight is a little late for some of us. If you fall into that category, you might want to try the Lucky Moose Lounge’s New Year’s Eve for Wimps. Mark Melchi believes this might be the 30th year he’s offered this buffet, starting at his past restaurant, Munchie Emporium.
The buffet will have a soup and salad bar and a variety of rotating fare including royal red shrimp, blackened salmon, coconut shrimp, coconut-crusted tilapia, ribs and pan-fried chicken and will include dessert crepes. The buffet is open 5-10 p.m., with the restaurant, 622 E. Dupont Road, closing at 10 p.m. with a Champagne toast, which is included in the price. Cost is $16.95 for adults; half-price for ages 6-10; and $3.95 for ages 3-5. Reservations are recommended by calling 490-5765.
The restaurant will be open New Year’s Day with regular Sunday hours, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. The breakfast buffet will be served 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with fare that includes omelets, bacon and crepes for $9.95. From 4 to 8 p.m. the pizza and wing bar will be open, which includes the salad bar, also for $9.95.
• The Golden, which opened earlier this year in Ash Skyline Plaza, 898 S. Harrison St., will hold New Year’s Eve: A Celebration of the Whole Beast 5 p.m.-midnight Saturday. Its Facebook page describes it as “based around a heritage breed pig and the land it lives on.” The six-course dinner costs $65 and $35 for a wine or cocktail pairing. You’ll have to show up to find out exactly what’s on the menu. “It’s meant to be mysterious,” said Aaron Butts, owner, so it’ll be a different experience. However, the restaurant is giving clues to some of the ingredients with “beets in the ground,” “fallen apples” and “pig head and its feet” written on the invitation, and Butts mentioned pigs like turnips. This is a reservations-only event, so call 710-8368 to reserve a table.
Nuevo Charros to open
Nuevo Charros has set Jan. 2 as its grand opening date. We’ve been watching eagerly as Antonio Moreno’s restaurant at 1329 W. State Blvd. has been taking shape. The festive orange interior with colorful carved chairs like those seen at other Mexican restaurants have really brightened the dreary, snowy landscape as we’ve passed by. It will be nice to have another sit-down restaurant in the West State Plaza area after Pizza Hut at 1233 W. State got rid of its dining room and the closure of previous restaurants that occupied Nuevo Charros’ site, Keliah’s House of Pancakes and before that West State Cafe, Rich’s Cafe and Charky’s.
We’re sorry to see a Facebook post of Moreno’s that possibly someone who came in to “help” get the restaurant running took two Smart TVs. We hope the patrons will be too absorbed in the food and conversation to know the TVs are missing.
Pop on over
Jan. 19 is National Popcorn Day. So, if you’re craving a fresh bag of popcorn, the folks at Fire Police City County Federal Credit Unions’ Citizen Square (200 E. Berry St., Suite 95) and Rousseau Centre (1 E. Main St., Suite B32) locations suggest you pop by – their pun not ours – 8 a.m.-4 p.m. that day to partake in its delicious popcorn bar.
Poptique Popcorn will give everyone who stops in a free bag of Gourmet Original popcorn all day at all three stores. All gift tins and bulk popcorn bags are buy-one, get-one-50 percent off all day.
Do you have a favorite local popcorn company? Wayne Street Gourmet Popcorn Shoppe is in Cottage Flowers and we have a friend who snatches it up every time we dine at Lincoln Tower Soda Fountain, which sells it. Speaking of which, we’re still pushing for a dish named after us there. Any ideas? Put in a good word for us. Some Sentinel Sensation or Bleus News dish would be fine by us.
Have restaurant news? Call Lisa M. Esquivel Long at 461-8244 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or write Restaurant Notes, C/O The News-Sentinel, PO Box 102, Fort Wayne, IN 46802.