» 22nd Street Diner (2205 N. Delaware St.) is launching a morning coffee-and-bread service this week. Beginning August 30, you can grab an espresso drink and croissant (or muffin or cinnamon roll or gluten-free shortbread) at the takeaway window from 7 a.m.–2:30 p.m., or order it inside and eat there. Christine Taylor is new to the 22nd Street team, and makes the pastries in-house.
» Tickets are on sale now for the Irvington BrewFest, part of the annual Our Lady of Lourdes Fall Festival (30 S. Downey Ave.) on September 23. A $20 ticket gets you unlimited samples from local breweries including Black Acre Brewing Co., Sun King Brewery, Ash & Elm Cider Co., St. Joseph Brewery & Public House, Metazoa Brewing Co., Bier Brewery, and Fountain Square Brewing Co. There will also be food trucks on site, and music from local cover band Audio Diner.
» Jack’s Donuts is going national. CEO Lee Marcum announced that Utah will be the first state outside of Indiana to get its own Jack’s Donuts location. Residents of South Jordan, a suburb just south of Salt Lake City, can expect a grand opening before the end of 2017.
» Fort Wayne confectioner DeBrand Fine Chocolates is coming back to the Circle City this fall, nearly a decade after closing its only Indianapolis location. The Indianapolis Business Journal reports that DeBrand owner Cathy Brand-Beere and her husband, Tim, are partnering with local residents Bill and Lori Sonner to open a chocolate shop and sundae bar in the former home of Aronstam Fine Jewelers (8685 River Crossing Blvd.).
» Books & Brews continues its rapid expansion locally. The Indiana-based bookseller recently opened location No. 3 in Brownsburg (1551 N. Green St.), with Carmel (61 W. City Center Dr.) and Muncie (2100 White River Blvd.) on deck.