Two restaurants to replace Georgetown Bandido’s in Fort Wayne | The dish

When one door closes, two more open – at least that’s the case in Georgetown Square.

Bandido’s announced last month that its restaurant at 6536 E. State Blvd. would close. The restaurant’s last day of operation was October 27.

In a social media post, management said: “This was a very difficult decision as the community of Georgetown Square has served us extremely well for many years.”

In 1968 Jimmie Schindler opened Jimmie’s Pizza Inn where the Ziffles Rib Bar is now located. In 1980, the Schindler family opened Bandido’s.

But the Georgetown location will be transformed into two separate restaurants at the mall, and one of them will continue the Schindler family’s presence in the square.

Guadalupe’s and New York Pizza and Grill Kabobs are scheduled to open in early 2023.

Guadalupe’s Mexican Grill is a fast casual restaurant owned and operated by the Schindler family.

New York Pizza and Grill Kabobs has been in Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland for 20 years. The menu features a variety of cuisines, including grilled kebabs, pizzas, and favorites from Pakistan, India, and Italy.

“We are delighted to have two restaurants to replace one,” Georgetown Square manager Steve Jehl said in a statement. “Georgetown is sad to see Bandido’s closing its doors after so many years of anniversary celebrations, but we’re thrilled the Schindler family is staying here with Guadalupe’s.

“And with New York Pizza and Grill Kabobs next door, the Georgetown area will have two new family food choices for the benefit of residents of northeast Fort Wayne.”

Thanksgiving meal: dine on site or pick up

The countdown to Thanksgiving is on. Whether you want to complete your meal with a pie from a local bakery or want to skip the baking altogether, local restaurants offer their services.

• Timber Ridge Catering in Bluffton is offering a takeout menu for Thanksgiving. Individual meals are $18 and prices for family meals range from $101.99 to $184.99. Meals include oven-roasted turkey, side dishes, rolls, and dessert. A la carte desserts are also available, including peanut butter pie, Oreo pie, cherry cheese pie, and pumpkin pie. Pickup will be between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on November 23. Call 260-452-4572 to order.

• Bob Evans offers take-out farm feasts. Meals offer the choice of three entree options, including slow-roasted turkey, pot roast, or hickory-smoked ham. Take-out meals also include side dishes such as bread and celery dressing, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans with ham, macaroni and cheese, relish with cranberries, freshly baked rolls and pumpkin pie. Farm parties are cold-packed, so you can reheat, serve, and enjoy them whenever your celebration takes place.

Take-out meals come in a variety of sizes, serving four to 10 people. Prices start at $69.99. Order at or call your Bob Evans location.

• Klemm’s Candlelight Cafe is accepting holiday pie orders through Monday. Dial 471-6828.

Among the restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day:

• Eddie Merlot’s, 1502 Illinois Road S., serves a special three-course turkey dinner as well as its full menu. Guests can choose from a menu of entrees including king crab and corn bisque, wedge salad, and Caesar salad. The main dinner includes turkey and side dishes. Dessert options include carrot cake, triple chocolate cake, and creme brulee with pumpkin spice cream. The cost is $49 for adults and $24 for children. Go to for reservations.

• Ruth’s Chris, 224 W. Wayne St., will open at 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The restaurant will serve a traditional three-course turkey dinner, along with its regular dinner menu. For more information, visit

• Han Dynasty, 6401 W. Jefferson Blvd., will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dining and take-out options are available. Reservations are recommended; call 755-2338.

• The Back 40 Junction in Decatur will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. To reserve, call 260-724-3355.

• GK Baked Goods is accepting pre-orders for rolls, pastries and even cinnamon rolls for this Thanksgiving Day breakfast. Options include Dutch apple pie, scones, fruit danishes, bagels and roasted vegetable quiche. To order, go to Orders are due Sunday. Pickup will be Nov. 23 at Junk Ditch Brewing Co.

• Paradise Buffet, 1411 Shook Drive in Auburn, will be open. The cost is $19.99 per person. Call 260-925-6966 for more information.

• Elijah’s Family Restaurant, 301 W. Jefferson Blvd. Call 278-1085 for more information.

Ice cream specialties

Sweets on Main will celebrate its third anniversary on November 23, which is the Night of Lights celebration. Her birthday will be part of the popular kickoff to the holiday season, owner Krista Hall said.

As part of the celebration, the ice cream shop at 123 W. Main St. will be offering a free mini peppermint ice cream dish with any ice cream purchase from Nov. 23-28.

Hall says the celebrations will continue the following weekend, Dec. 2-4, with special ice cream flights, sundaes and pop-up offers.

Closed for works

Conner’s Kitchen and Bar is temporarily closed for renovations. The project started on Monday and is expected to end on November 27.

The rooftop bar will be open during this time.

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