Beer Barrel Pizza & Grill

Beer Barrel Pizza & Grill plans to open late this summer in Fort Wayne's Jefferson Pointe.

Beer Barrel Pizza & Grill plans to open late this summer in Fort Wayne’s Jefferson Pointe.

The family-friendly, full-service bar and grill started in 1965 in Ohio and is also planning to open a third location in Lima, Ohio. In 2004, it became a part of Good Food Restaurants, an Ohio company founded by longtime restaurant entrepreneur John Heaphy and his wife, Aimee. Good Food has 15 restaurants across three brands — the others are Happy Daz and Old City Prime — and employs over 900 people in six towns and cities.

This will be Beer Barrel Pizza & Grill’s first foray outside Ohio. In addition to Lima, Beer Barrel Pizza & Grill has three locations in the Columbus area, and one each in Findlay, Maumee and St. Marys.

It’s signature dishes include Tableside Flaming Saganaki (“Imported flaming Kasseri cheese. We flame it, you shout OPA! Celebrate!”) and Homemade Chicken & Egg Noodles soup. Its pizzas include the 12- or 14-inch hand-crafted gourmet thin and crispy Italian Hot Honey featuring spicy Italian capicola ham and pepper-infused hot honey; Thai Chicken and Roasted Eggplant Vegetable, as well as cauliflower and gluten-free crust options.

The company collaborated with Middle West Spirits, a Columbus distillery, to create Michelone Reserve Beer Barrel bourbon that it uses in some of its drinks, including the Bourbon Lemonade.

07 Pub returns

Last week I told you that Bravas was returning for carryout. Now a fellow place in the 46807 ZIP code is also returning.

07 Pub, 3517 Broadway, announced it planned to reopen March 3 for carryout only. The pub is owned by Marcus Spillson, whose grandfather owned Cafe Johnell and whose great-grandfather had Berghoff Gardens. Spillson has been keeping the pub closed during the COVID-19 pandemic so I’m sure its return — even for carryout — will be welcomed by south siders.

It announced hours of 4-9 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. “The goal is to open for restaurant seating in the coming weeks,” it said on its Facebook page. “A limited menu will be shared soon. We encourage all orders to be placed online at

“We greatly appreciate your patience, love and support during our time away. We missed our neighbors. A lot. Our staff cannot wait to serve our friends and families!”

The Stand opens with vegan options

The Stand Coneys & Ice Cream, 5200 Bluffton Road, Fort Wayne, opened March 1 with some expanded vegan options. Vegan Soft Serve ranges from $2.45 for the “baby” size to $3.99 for a large and shakes make with almond milk for $3.09-$6.15. Vegan choices are also available for dips and sundaes. The Veggie Dog is listed as $3.35, but the vegan hot dogs are currently on backorder.

“We decided to serve vegan ice cream because we were getting requests for dairy-free options,” general manager Ryan Palmer said. “Smoothies were our only dairy-free options we offered last year. We started the Veggie Dog around May or June last year. I am not sure why the vegan dogs are on backorder. We had no issues getting them last year.”

The Stand employs 20-25 seasonally. “The majority of employees are involved in sports or extracurricular activities at school,” Palmer said. “During our really busy times we have up to 8 employees working at once. We plan on staying open till mid- or late October.”

Barns of Nappanee plans Wine and Waygu

The Barns at Nappanee, Home of Amish Acres will have a Wine and Wagyu at the Barns SteakHouse at 6 p.m. March 19. The culinary team at The Barns SteakHouse will be presenting a 4-course dinner for $79.95 plus the 7% Indiana sales tax and 10% gratuity (The price on the registration site lists $94.09) per person featuring Wagyu Picanha steaks from Stutzman Bros. Meats. The courses will be paired with wines from The Vines, the on-site wine shop and tasting room.

Lisa Esquivel Long is a veteran Fort Wayne journalist and Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly editor. To submit items, send email to or call 260-426-2640. ext. 3311.

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