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Oct 09, 2013 , The Journal Gazette

Coliseum expands its culinary offerings

From the 200 level in Memorial Coliseum, Nathan Dennison isn’t shy about what he’s a fan of.

It’s the two sets of floor-to-ceiling windows in the newly expanded concourse – a million-dollar view on the east side, he says – that were part of a $3.96 million renovation project at the facility this summer.

Dennison, coordinator of marketing and media services, hopes the areas will become a congregating spot for guests. Not just for the sights, but for the three new dining concepts.

Appleseed Burger Co., Slice’d and Wok This Wayne are joining the menu of traditional concepts, offering a more culinary approach, he says.

The concepts will be unveiled during a ribbon-cutting Friday and open for the Fort Wayne Komets exhibition game Saturday against the Wheeling Nailers.

“One thing that we weren’t able to offer in the past because of the infrastructure was a fresh burger concept,” Andrew VanDeweghe, Aramark general manager, says of the Appleseed Burger Co.

The stand will offer beef, turkey and vegetarian options, as well as charbroiled hot dogs, mini apple fritters and Chapman’s American Ale Cider.

Slice’d will offer subs – meatball and Italian sausage with peppers – and pizza, either by the slice or whole. For dessert? Freshly piped cannoli. At Wok This Wayne, an Asian concept, there will be sesame garlic beef, General Tso’s chicken and vegetable lo mein.

“It’s all about offering variety for guests,” Dennison says.

He and VanDeweghe say wait times will not differ much from other concessions in the stadium, saying that pizzas bake in 2 minutes, 10 seconds.