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Mexican-style bakery among new options

At least two food stores have opened recently in northeast Indiana, and another is on the way.

•Castillo Panderia Bakery (207 S. Cavin St., Ligonier) opened last week. The bakery specializes in Mexican-style breads and pastries, owner Alejandro Herrera says. It also offers cupcakes and cookies, and will eventually offer cakes.

•Mariachi Loco Mexican Grill (1241 N. 13th St., Decatur) opened Nov. 1. The four-page menu is a mixture of Tex Mex and traditional Mexican food, says Hugo Sanchez, one of Mariachi Loco’s owners. So far, the restaurant’s fajitas and nachos have been some of its best-sellers.

•In Fort Wayne, at least one restaurant will open shortly. Blue Stack Smokehouse (3620 N. Clinton St.) has a “coming soon” sign in front of the building. According to the restaurant’s website,, all entrées are slow smoked over pecan or fruit wood. “This leaves a sweet, smoked, not over-powering taste in your mouth,” it says.

Meats include chicken, ribs, brisket, pork and sausage, served with or without sides.

Name change

Friends Too, at 3720 W. Jefferson Blvd., has changed its name to Nikos Friends Too. Co-owner Nikos Hatzigeorgiou says customers have told him to add his name to the restaurant because they didn’t think “Friends Too” properly indicated that the restaurant had Greek cuisine.

“A lot of customers said they like it,” Hatzigeorgiou says of the change.

The new sign was put up last week. There isn’t a sign yet at the restaurant’s second location, Friends (1824 Dupont Road), but its name will change to Nikos Friends.


Jim Casaburo, the owner of the Casa Restaurant Group, has been nominated for the 2012 Spirit Award for the Children’s Oncology Camping Association International because of his contributions to Camp Watcha Wanna Do Ltd. The camp serves children and families affected by childhood cancers in northern Indiana.

Casaburo has volunteered at the camp for a decade, according to a news release, playing with the children and supplying equipment and deliveries for meals. He is also vice president of the camp’s board of directors.

To celebrate Casa’s 35th anniversary this year, Casa customers redeemed $5 coupons, and the restaurant group donated $1 from each coupon redeemed, raising $2,000 for the camp.

Cruise ship dining

Lighted Gardens Banquet and Reception Center (10794 N. Indiana 1, Ossian) is holding a cruise-ship dining experience without having to go to the water.

Boarding begins at 6 p.m. Jan. 12, and the cocktail and appetizer hour lasts until 7 p.m. The Captain’s Buffet Dinner, with five different buffets, begins at 7 p.m., and entertainment with Blackbeard begins at 8:30 p.m. The dessert buffet and coffee begins at 9:30 p.m.

Cost is $15.95 per passenger, $14.95 for people 60 and older and $8.95 for children 3 to 10. Price does not include alcohol, sales tax or tip.

To make reservations, call 622-4023 or email

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