You might be able to come out of your shell now that Storming Crab, 520 Coliseum Blvd. E., has opened. The location previously was a Bob Evans restaurant.
Jay Weng said he’s bringing a taste of the South that he has with boiled seafood at his seven other Storming Crab restaurants, which he started in Tennessee with his brother Kevin and their friend and cook, Sam Weng. Storming Crab now has three locations in Tennessee, one in Clarksville on the Indiana-Kentucky border, two in New York and one in Lexington, Kentucky.
The family-owned corporation has designed its restaurant to be family-friendly, Weng said. The decor includes lots of wooden pier posts with rope, lobster traps, plastic sea creatures and a mural inside and out from a Tennessee artist.
“We’ll let people sign on the walls,” Jay Weng said last week, sitting near a wall where two relatives had already affixed their names. “...You can come in, put your name down on the wall.”
And there’s no huge meal or number of alcoholic drinks you need to consume to get those honors.
“Just come in, visit us, buy (a) drink or sit down, enjoy with us, eat a meal with us; and we offer Sharpies so you guys can sign the wall. It actually makes it look batter after people fill up the names,” he said.
He’s hiring 25-30 staff members whom he planned to train Sept. 22 and 23 for the opening.
The menu includes — and this is just a sampling:
Appetizers — Four pieces of seafood bread for $4.99; fried okra, $3.99; and 8 boudin balls (traditionally meat-filled and fried), $7.99
Seafood at market price — 1-pound portions of blue crab, head-off or head-on shrimp, king crab legs, crawfish or green mussels
Fried baskets — 8 shrimp or 11 calamari for $9.99; cod fish, $11.99
Soups and salads — crawfish etouffee for $11.99; Cajun fried rice, $5.99
Lunch combos served 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday with ½-pound seafood portions — Crawfish, shrimp, corn and potatoes; lobster tail, catfish, corn and potatoes
Dinner combos will also be available with boil flavors that include Crab House Cajun and Old Bay Butter. You’ll be able to take the heat up from mild, past super hot to Sam’s Special.
The restaurant will serve beer in bottles and draft along with Pepsi products. And desserts including four flavors of ice cream for $3.99 and tiramisu for $6.99.
Hours of operation will be 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and Sunday and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more, see www.facebook.com/Storming-Crab-Fort-Wayne-IN-100154464696507.
Jumping down the Apple Trail
I heard about Visit Fort Wayne’s Apple Trail and I just had to get to the core of it.
Autumn is my favorite season, but it doesn’t seem to last long. I see the leaves are already falling, so now is a good time to take part in the fun activities on the Apple Trail. They include seasonal visits such as last weekend’s Johnny Appleseed Festival and the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, which closes for the season Oct. 6. October will also mean it’s caramel apple season at DeBrand Fine Chocolates or a good time to get the Apple Pie Baked Beans from Shigs in Pit. It’s nice anytime to take a the Native Trees of Indiana River Walk on the Purdue Fort Wayne campus and look for the Indiana apple tree or take your photo with Johnny Appleseed in the Hyde Brothers Booksellers mural. Adults can visit Kekionga Cider Mill, Three Rivers Distilling Company and/or Ambrosia Orchard, Cidery, and Meadery for their fall delights.
Take a selfie or photo of the recommended items at 10 places as listed at www.visitfortwayne.com/appletrail and social media using #appletrailfw. Then, stop in at the Fort Wayne Visitors Center, 927 S. Harrison St. to collect a free T-shirt.
Sample New Haven
Get out your bib and take a bite out of the town at Sample New Haven.
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 28 in front of Smokehaus BBQ, 717 Broadway St., and at Canal Landing, hungry folk can pay $2 per person or $5 per family to sample pizza, cookies, pulled pork, cheese, watermelon and much more. Pick your favorite vendor for the People’s Choice Award and don’t go away hungry.
Down on the farm
Seven Sons Farms, 15718 Aboite Road, Roanoke, which has grass-fed and non-GMO meat will hold its free annual Farm Fest 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 28.
Visit the welcome tent first, then enjoy buggy, pony and wagon rides as well as live music and a straw maze.
“Each year for the last several years over 1,000+ folks from 5 states have come to Roanoke, IN to see where their food is raised,” according to its Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/events/499384377519856/. “... At Seven Sons we’ve always believed that the best way to create a food system of integrity is for more folks to have a direct relationship with their farmer.”
I’m glad my friend showed me this place. It’s a great stop for eggs, beef, chicken and pork at its farm store, which is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
Applause for paws
Curly’s Village Inn, 4205 Bluffton Road, will hold its 6th annual Paw Fest 3-6 p.m. Sept. 29.
The event benefits Allen County SPCA. For $15, you get a buffet and not only a chance at auction items but time to rub noses with adoptable dogs.