» Speaking of Brugge, it’s going barrel-to-barrel with LouVino (8626 E. 116th St., Fishers, 317-598-5160). on June 21 for a wine-versus-beer throwdown. The event features a four-course dinner menu, with each course accompanied by one wine and one beer. Diners vote on their favorites. Tickets are $70 per person, with seatings at 6 and 8:30 p.m.
» Chef Jonathan Brooks must have a soft spot for car-repair and service shops. After launching the wildly successful Milktooth in an old garage in Fletcher Place, he’s settled on a former auto-service center as the home of Beholder, his upcoming dinner restaurant with business partner and sommelier Josh Mazanowski (of the dearly departed SoBro favorite Recess). According to the Indianapolis Business Journal, Brooks is shooting for an October opening in the Windsor Park neighborhood at 1844 E. 10th St.. The 21-and-over spot will have a tasting menu and a la carte options.
» Florida-based Metro Diner is opening its fourth Indianapolis location later this month at 2258 W. 86th St. The restaurant is raising money for local charities at two pre-opening events, and both are open to the public. On June 17, all donations will benefit the Humane Society of Indianapolis, and on June 18, the Jordan YMCA will be the beneficiary. Call 317-614-0247 for reservations.
» The 52nd Annual Strawberry Festival is this Thursday, June 8, at Christ Church Cathedral (125 Monument Circle, 317-636-4577). The popular event on Monument Circle is run by the Cathedral Women and benefits not-for-profit outreach groups locally and nationally. Carryout begins at 8:30 a.m., with live entertainment starting at 10 a.m. The festivities run until 4 p.m., or until supplies run out.
» After you’ve slept off Friday’s strawberry shortcake, head over to the Holy Rosary Italian Street Festival (520 Stevens St.) on Saturday and Sunday (June 9–10) for homemade spaghetti, live entertainment, and carnival rides 5–11 p.m.
» The Fashion Mall (8702 Keystone at the Crossing, 317-574-4002) is getting two more locally owned restaurants. Public Greens Urban Kitchen and Mimi Blue Meatballs are expected to open there in the spring of 2018.
» New Castle–based Jack’s Donuts hyas opened its 11th Indiana location, at Lawrence at 9105 E. 56th St.
»Brad Gates Catering is closing, but The Pantry by Brad Gates at Indianapolis City Market (222 E. Market St., 317-445-0105) will remain open. Gates teased on social media that he’ll be back in another local restaurant kitchen soon, but hasn’t spilled the beans on where or when.