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TinCaps to pay homage to pork tenderloin

SCAN's Brown Bag Lunch is back; Local Saloon opens; Alps Brau returns

The Fort Wayne TinCaps will be known as the Hoosier State Tenderloins from Aug. 3-6.

Dean Jackson

Whatzup Features Writer

Published February 22, 2023

For a few days this summer, the Fort Wayne TinCaps will take on a new identity. From Aug. 3-6, Parkview Field will host the Indiana State Tenderloins. Along with the temporary name change, the TinCaps will don festive uniforms and serve tenderloins at the ballpark.

“There’s always an appetite for fun and creativity in Minor League Baseball,” Michael Limmer, TinCaps vice president of marketing and promotions, said in a press release. “The Breaded Tenderloin Sandwich has long been a Hoosier tradition. Others may claim it, but Hoosiers know we did it first and do it best! Just as a classic tenderloin is too large for the bun, we’re planning to go big for these games as the Hoosier State Tenderloins.”

This year, Indiana lawmakers are considering whether to proclaim the Hoosier delicacy the official state sandwich. In the press release, the TinCaps say the sandwich originated in 1908 at Nick’s Kitchen in Huntington.

The TinCaps join a few other teams that have adopted alternative food names. The Lehigh Valley IronPigs in Pennsylvania claimed the moniker of the Cheesesteaks. Not to be outdone, the Portland (Maine) Sea Dogs became the Whoopie Pies. In Fresno, California, the Grizzlies rebranded, albeit briefly, as the Tacos. 

Official Hoosier State Tenderloin T-shirts, hats, and hoodies are available in the team’s gift shop and at

Help children with SCAN’s Brown Bag Lunch

It’s the time of the year to support SCAN, while also enjoying a meal from Casa Ristorante Italiano.

The organization whose mission is to protect children, prepare parents, strengthen families, and educate the community to Stop Child Abuse and Neglect will host their 38th annual Brown Bag Lunch on Wednesday, March 8.

Submit your order by March 1 to receive a Casa Salad for $8 or pasta and meatballs with a side salad for $10. There are also catering options available to To pay by cash or check, call (260) 249-7915.

Pickup will be at The Summit, 1025 W. Rudisill Blvd., from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on March 8. Deliveries are available for some orders. 

Seoul Garden settles in at Union Street Market

Union Street Market’s latest vendor, Seoul Garden, has moved in.

Those that have visited the eatery at Electric Works learned they are serving specialties from Chapman’s Brewing Company. 

They are open seven days a week from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 

According to their Facebook page, they’ll also serve Chapman’s at their 1820 W. Coliseum Blvd. location when it reopens. That date has yet to be announced.

Chipotle swaps sites at Jefferson Pointe

Things are switching up at Jefferson Pointe, as Chipotle has moved to a new spot at the shopping center. 

The popular eatery with made-to-order burritos, bowls, and more opened last week in half of the former Bob Evans. 

Chipotle’s move gives them an enhanced drive-thru experience for online order pickup with the aptly named “the Chipotlane.”

Eat your fill at Three Fires Pizza bar

For you pizza lovers, Three Fires Pizza on Illinois Road is now offering an all-you-can-eat pizza bar that includes soup, salad, and pasta. 

The pizza bar will be available from 5:30-9 p.m. on Mondays and 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. 

Local Saloon joins downtown Roanoke scene

There’s another option has presented itself in downtown Roanoke as The Local Saloon has opened their doors. 

As the name suggests, The Local Saloon is a throwback to a Western watering hole minus the high-stake poker games and desperadoes. Even their website includes branding of a saloon girl and a mirrored bar. There’s also an outdoor deck and live entertainment. 

The Local Saloon is located just off U.S. 24 at East Station Road. 

2Toms helps bring back Alps Brau

Do you remember Alps Brau beer? The beer was produced by Centlivre/Old Crown Brewing in Fort Wayne from the late 1950s to the ’70s. 

Bringing it back was the dream of Brad and Sheila Klopfenstein of Lawrence, Indiana, who acquired the Alps Brau trademark a few years ago. They partnered with 2Toms Brewing Company to produce it, and it is being served at the local 2Toms spot, 3676 Wells St., and at their Fishers location. It’s also being poured at about a dozen outlets in central Indiana. 

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