A national chain is reportedly coming to Fort Wayne. Louisiana-based Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers has filed paperwork to get the project started. 

According to a report late last week from WANE-TV, the restaurant is seeking permission from Allen County Planning Services to renovate space in Northcrest Shopping Center. 

The application calls for the vacant Pizza Hut at 701 Coliseum Blvd. E. to be demolished to make way for a new 3,000-square-foot drive-thru. It is expected to be completed in November 2024. 

The former Pizza Hut has been closed for more than three years. 

There are more than 700 Raising Cane’s locations worldwide. Muncie is the closest Indiana location.

Wise Guys puts wood-fire oven to the test

Wise Guys Downtown, 435 W. Cherry St. in Huntington, will host a five-course curated dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 15. 

This will be an experiment of sorts to try out their new wood-fired oven. It’s also a dive into the world of wine with Vino Indiana’s Roberto Splendor.

The courses include a charcuterie board and aperitivo spritz, red oak and poached pear salad, orecchiette with peas and ham, wood-fired beef tenderloin and wild Parmesan potatoes, and charred broccolini, finishing with wild berry panna. 

The event is limited to 30 diners. Call (260) 200-1056 to reserve your spot. 

Six-course Italiano meal at Uncommon Joe’s

In South Whitley, a new restaurant, Uncommon Joe’s at 123 S. State St., will host a six-course Italiano dinner at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29. 

Enjoy delights including fresh hand-pulled mozzarella and tomato gelee crackers, bolognese toast and salad, veal and beef meatballs, shrimp scampi, crispy chicken Milanese, and espresso cake. 

The meal is $89 and reservations are required and are limited to 10 tables. 

You can save a spot by messaging Uncommon Joe’s South Whitley via Facebook. 

Goodies opening brick-and-mortar shop

Candy-crusted fruit creations from the Goodies food truck have been a popular treat at local events. 

Beginning Nov. 3, you can visit Goodies Trap House at 2000 Brooklyn Ave., where the grand opening will begin at 5 p.m.

Owner Sydney Lockett says the menu includes more than candy-encased fruit. There are wraps, tacos, fried rice, and shrimp in addition to steak and quesadillas. 

New restaurant opens in Kendallville

Blue Sky Family Restaurant & House of Pancakes is open at 400 W. North St. in Kendallville. While they love breakfast, the menu offers a ton of choices, including wraps, chicken, sandwiches, seafood, and burgers. 

Zesto seeking input on flavors

Here’s a job for a visionary. Someone who can push the boundaries of great taste and buck conventionality. To hold the keys to the future and be remembered as an innovator. 

Maybe that’s stretching it, but Zesto on St. Joe Center Road is seeking input on new flavors. They’ll head to the test kitchen to refine your ideas.

Bistro Nota adds coveted chef

Noted local chef Aaron Butts is now at Bistro Nota, 620 S. Calhoun St.

Butts joins owners Jacob Koczergo and Cam Kaminski. Butts has gained attention at Copper Spoon, Joseph Decuis, and The Golden. 

Golden Corral celebrates service members

To mark Military Appreciation Night on Monday, Nov. 13, beginning at 5 p.m., Golden Corral, 5335 Distribution Drive, will treat any active duty service member or veteran to a free buffet dinner. 

Contribute to Community Harvest effort

There’s still time to contribute to Community Harvest Food Bank’s U Can Crush Hunger campaign. 

The effort pits area colleges against each other to collect funds and food for local pantries. 

 To support the college of your choice, go online to communityharvest.org/ucch2023/.

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