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Opening Arguments

Win some, lose some

On restaurants, we get two:

After more than four months of renovations, two restaurants in downtown Fort Wayne are scheduled to reopen this week.

Both Don Hall's Old Gas House at 305 East Superior Street and Takaoka of Japan are scheduled to reopen Wednesday.

And lose one:

Chappell's Coral Grill and Seafood Market, 2723 Broadway, is closed and for sale.

It closed about three weeks ago, according to an employee at the new Chappell's location at 5820 Coldwater Road. Owner Gary Chappell did not return a phone call.

Actually, we probably gained three. Hartley's and Chappell's Broadway location were going to merge, but that fell through and Hartley's is, at least for now, going to stay open as a distinct brand. I'll miss Chappell's -- there aren't that many good restaurants in this part of town -- but I'm glad the Gas House and Hartley's will still be there.

One of the nice things about Fort Wayne is the large number of good restaurants -- local ones, not just part of a chain -- we have for our size. As long as that stays true through all the openings and closings, we shouldn't complain too much. Viva Casas! Oops, mixed my nationalities there. But, say, a Mexican-Italian restaurant would be just the thing . . .


Bob g.
Thu, 05/14/2009 - 10:34am

Got PUH-LENTY of Mexican eateries down in MY part of the city, along with chicken/rib joints, Leo...wonder WHY???

Italian/Mexican merge?
Rigatoni marinara Quesadias?

Doesn't quite work for me, buddy.

Thu, 05/14/2009 - 3:55pm

Over the years, Chappell's has made some strange business decisions. first opening in the old Ernie's location on Dupont, then closing it; later they opened across Dupont in the Kroger center only to close prior to opening in the Joe's Crab Shack location. When the Hartley's deal fell through on Broadway, they had to spend money to remodel that location in order to reopen there . . . so there are many stops and starts going on. I suppose a return to Broadway might be next in the money-wasting tendencies.

Mark Andrews
Wed, 09/09/2009 - 11:06am

Well it looks like Gdfly is a pre-eminate seer of the future!!! I went by last night and Behold open for business is the Coral Grill!!! What??