Embassy Theatre launches Spring Forward Fest


FORT WAYNE — The Embassy Theatre is launching Spring Forward Fest, a new multi-venue music and arts event in downtown Fort Wayne.

The concept won the Downtown Improvement District’s “new events contest.”

The free event is Saturday, March 9, from 6-10 p.m.

Guests are encouraged to visit three downtown destinations where popular local musical acts will perform and food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Bloody Tambourine and the Musical Mafia will perform at the Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. At the Ash Skyline Plaza, 888 S. Harrison St., will be DJ Adam Meyer with light projections by Alec Johnson. Music by James and the Drifters will be at Parkview Field, 1301 Ewing St., followed by fireworks at 10 p.m.

Spring Forward Fest patrons will receive colored LED novelty wearables (while supplies last). Patrons are encouraged to walk between venues or utilize a free trolley.

In other dining and entertainment news:

New downtown restaurant coming this month

Conner’s Kitchen + Bar, located in downtown Fort Wayne on the corner of West Jefferson Boulevard and Harrison Street, is set to open this month, according to a press release.

The restaurant and bar, which remodeled the former Champions Sports Bar location, will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with offering happy hours and weekend brunch, according to the release.

This is the concept’s second location in Indiana, with the first launching in downtown Indianapolis in 2018.

The menu will be directed by Executive Chef Brandon McCarthy, who joined Conner’s Kitchen + Bar from the Tippecanoe Lake Country Club in Leesburg, where he served as executive chef for the past three years. He previously worked in culinary roles at the Oak Hills Country Club and Hilton Hotels in Omaha, Neb. He is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Arts. Barry Jenkins will serve as general manager.

The restaurant is also hiring; current openings can be found at //bit.ly/ApplyFWConners or www.WhiteLodging.com/jobs.

Conner’s Kitchen + Bar is owned by White Lodging.

The company also announced in late January it would also be adding two eateries to the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Fort Wayne Downtown, 223 W. Jefferson Blvd., which is currently under construction.

Burger Bar Fort Wayne will feature seating for 70, including outdoor seating, and a walk-up window on West Jefferson Boulevard. The menu will include burgers, French fries, chicken sandwiches, shakes, sundaes and ice cream, according to the announcement.

Conner’s Rooftop will be a rooftop bar overlooking Parkview Field with a menu that includes sharable small plates and snacks, cocktails, craft beers and wine, according to the announcement.

The hotel is expected to open in July, according to the announcement.

Hop River taking submissions for children’s art exhibit

Hop River Brewing Co., 1515 N. Harrison St., Fort Wayne, will host a Kids Art Exhibit in the taproom from Feb. 25- April 1. There will be a Meet the Artists reception Sunday, March 3, from 2-4 p.m. Fort Wayne’s ArtLink and local artist Paul DeMaree will be providing all-ages, hands-on art projects for people of all ages.

Bakery open at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne campus

The Bakery at Kelty’s Kafé opened Jan. 29 at Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne.

As part of the Hospitality Administration program’s bakery merchandising class, students will make and sell baked goods and will each serve as bakery manager for one week. As bakery manager, the students are responsible for marketing, purchase requisitions, inventory control, and financial analysis.

The Kafé will offer signature cinnamon rolls, cookies, muffins, bread, cupcakes, fresh fruit cups, coffee from Old Crown Coffee Roasters and more.

The café will be open Mondays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 now until March 5 at the Anthony Commons on the Coliseum Campus, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd. Enter through Door 50 on the south side of the building.

Handmade furniture exhibit coming to Garrett museum

The Furniture Guild of Indiana will host an artisan exhibit at the Garrett Museum of Art, 100 S. Randolph St., Garrett, now through March 10. The exhibit will feature custom, handmade furniture from Indiana hardwoods.

Clyde Theatre welcomes Whitey Morgan

The Clyde Theatre, 1808 Bluffton Road, Fort Wayne, welcomes rising outlaw country star Whitey Morgan Sunday, March 17.

In a career spanning 15 years, Morgan has released five studio albums and a live recording from his hometown of Flint, Mich.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the show beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $28 the day of the show or a four-pack can be purchased for $85.

Tickets can be purchased online at clydetheatre.com, over the phone at (800) 514-3849 or in person at the Clyde Theatre box office, all three Wooden Nickel Records locations, Neat Neat Neat Records and Sweetwater Sound.

Fort Wayne Food Tour changes stops

The Fort Wayne Food Tour will be adding Proximo, 898 S. Harrison St., Fort Wayne, to its list of stops for 2019, according to a message from its founder, Randy Harter.

The 2019, which will begin April 29 and end Sept. 29, will include the Gas House, 305 E. Superior St.; Hoppy Gnome, 203 E. Berry St.; Proximo; and DeBrand Fine Chocolate, 878 Harrison St., according to the message.

Similar to last year, Friday tours will be private while Saturday tours will be open, Harter said.

More information on the Fort Wayne Food Tours can be found at fortwaynefoodtours.com.

Grammy-nominated Hozier to play the Clyde

The Clyde welcomes Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Hozier will perform at the Clyde Theatre, 1808 Bluffton Road, Fort Wayne, on Tuesday, June 11.

Hozier’s 2013 single, “Take Me to Church,” rose to global success and was nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award. He recently announced a second leg of North American dates for his Wasteland, Baby! Tour promoting his new album, set to release March 1.

Tickets are $45 in advance of the show, and every ticket purchased online includes a CD copy of Hozier’s forthcoming album “Wasteland, Baby!”

Tickets can be purchased online at clydetheatre.com, over the phone at (800) 514-3849 or in person at the Clyde Theatre box office, all three Wooden Nickel Records locations, Neat Neat Neat Records and Sweetwater Sound.