Fort Wayne’s newest Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is now open. Popeyes opened its third location Saturday at 4416 Illinois Road in the shopping center with Aldi and Lowe’s. It’s the third Fort Wayne location, joining the others at 2615 S. Clinton St. and 6111 Lima Road. 

The addition comes at a good time since the fast-food chain recently announced it was adding a new sandwich to its menu. 

In partnership with gourmet sauce company Truff, Popeyes has combined their Louisiana crispy chicken sandwich with Truff’s spicy mayo and black truffle to create the Spicy Truff Chicken Sandwich. 

Along with the sandwich, the partnership has also created a bacon and cheese chicken sandwich, fries, nuggets, and mac and cheese. The promotion ends Nov. 27.

Chimney Cakes taking holiday break

If you are craving Chimney Cakes, you’ll have to wait until 2024 … or take a drive south. 

The store at 1202 W. Main St. will be closed until January so the owners can take part in Carmel’s Christkindlmarkt, a German-themed Christmas market.

Make an investment in Acme by Full Circle

Acme by Full Circle is launching a campaign to gain investors. 

They are looking to fund $5,000 to $8,000 in the early days of the campaign. The long-term goal is $50,000. Owner Tim Longardner said the cash will go toward replacing coolers and reducing operating costs.

Longardner and his wife reopened Acme in October 2023; the north-side landmark had closed in 2021. Recent work to replace a century-old water main and other infrastructure improvements and repairs on East State Boulevard slowed business to a trickle.

“It has been a struggle, but when the roads clear, people are in here,” he said.

Acme has been an anchor of the neighborhood since 1941. In the Honeycomb Capital pitch, Longardner says he wants his family to keep it open another 100 years.

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Legalize Marinara leaves Draft Taproom

Speaking of Acme by Full Circle, Legalize Marinara has stepped away as the food service for Draft Taproom to focus on its parent company, Acme by Full Circle. 

A new food provider will begin soon at Draft Taproom, 1833 N. Wells St. Until then, they are featuring a limited BBQ menu, but there is still plenty of craft beer, cider, wine, and coffee to choose from.

Last days for Restaurant Week at The Landing

There’s still time to take in Restaurant Week at The Landing, 116 W. Columbia St. 

The event runs through Sunday, Nov. 12, and features special prices, great food, and unique drinks. Some of the items will be available this week only. 

Off the Eaten Path is the Whatzup weekly column that covers Northeast Indiana’s restaurant and food news. Send your news items to