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Redwood Inn still open after building sold

Longtime Coney Island employee passes away; Trubble leaves Promenade

The building has been sold, but the Redwood Inn owners say the business will remain open.

Dean Jackson

Whatzup Features Writer

Published January 11, 2023

Hold on to your sausage rolls. Owners of the Redwood Inn, Barry Levy and Melissa Earls, took to Facebook last month to calm fears and quiet rumors that had been striking fear into many around town. 

They are still going strong and the business isn’t closing, although the building’s owner has sold the building located at 1432 W. Main St.

“As of right now, we know we will be at this location at least one more year,” the post from Dec. 21 confirmed, noting they will continue to be open as long as they can: “Even if that means one day we do relocate.”

They did confirm the building has been sold, but they’ll still have pizza, grinders, cruise-ins, live music, and the patio (weather permitting) waiting for you.

Longtime Coney Island employee passes away

Downtown’s Fort Wayne’s Famous Coney Island, 131 W. Main St., posted the passing of Dennis “Tiny” Parker on Monday, Jan. 9. 

Even if you did not know him by name, you more than know him from behind the counter at the downtown eatery, where he worked more than 45 years.

The restaurant posted last week that Tiny was dealing with serious health issues that had sidelined him, encouraging people to post well wishes, prayers, and “Tiny Tales” to their Facebook page. Many did as 1,300 rolled in, with management telling Whatzup they were “blown away” by the response.

The community is still encouraged to share their thoughts on the Tiny on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

Scoop: Handel’s is coming to town

Big news for sweets lovers: Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream and Yogurt will open soon in Fort Wayne.

Planning to be at 4916 Illinois Road in the 14 Square Shopping Plaza, Handel’s will be serving cones, plus sundaes, shakes, banana splits, ices, sherbet, and pops (ice cream covered in chocolate served on a stick). 

The company has 90 stores in 10 states, including locations in Greenwood, Noblesville, Carmel, and Fishers. 

Started by Alice Handel in Youngstown, Ohio, in 1945, the Handel’s serves 48 fresh daily flavors and offers a rotation of about 200. 

There is talk a second store will be added soon.

Trubble leaves location at Promenade

On Tuesday, Trubble Brewing announced on Facebook that they will be permanently closing Trubble Riverside Cafe & Tap at Promenade Park.

“While we are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of beautiful Promenade Park, we are moving on to bigger and better things (hint, hint: something special coming soon!)

The post went on to allude to a new downtown locations, “to be announced soon!”

Apply to join TinCaps’ food staff

The Fort Wayne TinCaps are hiring for the 2023 season. There are a number of positions in food service including bartender, cook, food carts, concession stands, and group parties and wait staff. 

The TinCaps are consistently lauded as one of the top game day experiences in minor league baseball. 

To learn more and to apply, go to

Breaded tenderloin could get designation

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced his goals for the 2023 session of Indiana General Assembly. 

In that wish list of legislation, he threw the gauntlet down, sorta, saying there would be a bill introduced to make the breaded pork tenderloin the official sandwich of Indiana. 

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


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