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GnomeTown, Landing Beer form partnership

The Stand and Zesto opening soon; Kanela opens in New Haven; Glizzy's coming to Auburn

Following a partnership with ObiCai Restaurant Group, Landing Beer Co. is now known as GnomeTown Brewing Co. on The Landing

Dean Jackson

Whatzup Features Writer

Published March 1, 2023

Landing Beer Company is undergoing a makeover after partnering with ObiCai Restaurant Group. The popular eatery on The Landing  announced last weekend that it will now be known as GnomeTown Brewing Co. on The Landing

“While the name ‘Landing Beer Company’ will change after today, the great beer within the space will not,” Landing Beer Company said in a post on Saturday, Feb. 25. “There will also be an updated menu rolling out next week that we believe will best compliment craft beer, and we’re looking forward to having you all out to explore this evolved food and beverage experience.”

ObiCai Restaurant Group owns and operates BakerStreet Steakhouse, The Hoppy Gnome, GnomeTown Brewing Co., and Proximo.

Hop River not keeping speakeasy event secret

Hop River Brewing is offering couples something worth checking out when they will host Speakeasy on Harrison St. on Friday, March 3.

Go back to the days of Prohibition as they celebrate the release of their Speakeasy Pilsner. There will also be barrel-aged beers, live music from the Phil Schurger Trio, and the fun of dressing in clothing of the era. 

The Stand, 2 Zesto spots ready to open

In a sign that winter’s days are numbered, The Stand, 5200 Bluffton Road, will open March 7, followed by Zesto at St. Joe Village and Coventry Lane on March 8.

Opening in 2004, The Stand in Waynedale is a hot spot for their diverse hot dogs (Coneys, pickle dog, JPF dog, Kung Fu Dog, Chicago dog, and more) and Flavor Burst ice cream.

Zesto has been in town more than 50 years, beginning at 2225 Broadway, and has expanded to eight locations.

Handel’s schedules second spot in Fort Wayne

As we said earlier, Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream will set up its first Fort Wayne location at 4916 Illinois Road in the 14 Square Shopping Plaza on March 30. 

The company has also confirmed it will set up a second location at 1808 W. Dupont Road near Lima Road near Moe’s Southwest Grill. The north location is expected to open this summer.

Job Site opens on Challenger Parkway

Job Site Bar and Grill opened a few weeks ago in the former Kaysan’s 5th Down location on Challenger Parkway, just west of Cracker Barrel in Washington Plaza. 

Using a construction theme and aptly named menu items, the restaurant is owned by the same group that operates Lucille’s BBQ.

Kanela opens drive-thru in New Haven

Kanela Blended Drinks, Coffee and Bites has expanded into New Haven. 

Situated in the former Rally’s just off Indiana 930/Lincoln Highway, customers can grab a great drink in the drive-thru only shop. 

Owners say they hope to add outdoor seating this summer.

The drive-thru in New Haven is open 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

Freddy’s opening shop in southwest area

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers is coming to southwest Fort Wayne near Illinois and Hadley roads. 

According to their website, it’s a casual, quick-serve restaurant serving hot dogs and chicken sandwiches in addition to frozen custard and steakburgers. 

Downtown Auburn getting a Glizzy’s

For a few decades, the term glizzys has been used in other parts of the country to define the hot dog. The name may soon catch on in northeast Indiana as Glizzy’s is coming to downtown Auburn. 

According to a press release, the restaurant will be ready for Auburn’s signature event, The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival, over Labor Day weekend. It promises one-of-a-kind hot dogs, Coney dogs, Chicago dogs, and other treats. It also will host a bourbon bar. 

Be on lookout for Bravas news

Be watching for our sneak peak on Bravas.

The brick-and-mortar restaurant will open this spring. We are talking with owner Bo Gonzalez about how it grew from a successful food truck to a crowd-funded restaurant. We’ll also talk about the restaurant, its indoor and outdoor dining, the wine bar, the food, the inspiration behind it, and what makes it unique.

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