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Sep. 28th, 2009

I took the "two birds with one stone" approach this past week and headed down to the Dash-In one evening to check out the revamped downtown restaurant that Dustin Vice and his co-investors have taken over management of and to also attend a "meet-n-greet" with Joe Zimmerman, a photographer/artist who I've known for several years and just recently purchased a contemplative piece from:



The Dash-In at night is less frenzied than it is during urban lunchtime and design changes, specifically to the large, rear room, have eliminated a harsh, stark environment and have created a subtle, more welcoming atmosphere. Dustin is encouraged by the evening crowd and is optimistic that the Dash, which hasn't been open in the evenings for years, will benefit from a renewed interest in downtown Fort Wayne. If I lived downtown, I would probably be there a lot; it's atmosphere is conducive to conversations over coffee or beer and as Dustin will quickly -and proudly- point out, there's great food to be had there in the evenings, now!

There's interesting art there, also. In a style similar to Henry's monthly gallery displays, the walls were the stage for some definite 'conversation piece' works. This included Joe's work, which I might add, was selling at an appreciated pace.



Food, drink, music, art, words. Reliable ingredients for a good evening's recipe. You need to visit, or re-visit, The Dash-In. It's like an old friend in a new fall sweater.

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Fort Wayne, Indiana

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