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Friday Night at Old Crown
Posted on June 17, 2012 at 10:47:24 am by Whitney C.
Are you looking for a gourmet dinner with eclectic cocktails and attentive, helpful service along side freshly baked bread? Does real food without artificial flavoring and other non-food substances interest you? Are you interested in a unique local experience? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions then you must make plans to dine at Old Crown Coffee Roaster Cafe’s Friday night dinner. Every Friday night from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Chef Johnny Bojinoff and the Old Crown team prepare dishes especially selected for that Friday. Each week the menu includes appetizers, four entrees, and dessert as well as suggested wine and beer pairings for each. The entree selections always include vegetarian, chicken, and fish options and the fourth is the chef’s choice. The team focuses on serving good food, real food. That is why they try to source their ingredients locally. And when I say local, I mean local - they have a garden out back where this year’s tomatoes, among other things, will be born. The atmosphere at Old Crown is pleasant. The lights are slightly dimmed, the tables are comfortably spaced, and there is a five or six stool bar area where those dining solo or those who are there for a drink can park. I sat at the bar and enjoyed great conversation with the staff, who were interested in answering all my questions and helping me make selections based on what I enjoy. I was also able to watch the chef at work. The lovely atmosphere that permeates the dining area at Old Crown very clearly starts in the kitchen. The staff laugh and smile at one another. Periodically the chef comes out to the bar area and requests wine to use in a dish. Drinks are passed over the bar to servers. All at the same time. It kind of feels like a home. A really packed home. Facebook page on Thursday so you can properly prepare for Friday. The make-up of the crowd at dinner was all over the place. There were many couples doing date night dining, but there were also groups, families with children, and a couple of solos (like me). The entertainment of dining at the bar made it hard to notice that I was dining alone. So, if I were asked whether I am going back for another Friday night at Old Crown? I would say, yes. Solo or not. Old Crown is located at 3417 North Anthony Boulevard in Fort Wayne.