The longtime pizza institution, Turoni’s Pizzery (408 N. Main St., 4 N. Weinbach Ave.), now has a third location in Newburgh (8011 Bell Oaks Drive). The famous thin crust with a crunch remains the menu’s highlight. … The owners of upscale casual restaurant Ma. T. 888 China Bistro (5636 Vogel Road) have opened a fast food restaurant, Wok ’N Roll (311 S. Green River Road). The quick, takeout joint also offers a dine-in atmosphere with a wait staff and a menu of Asian-inspired dishes. … Hott ’s Grill (122 N. Weinbach Ave.) has reopened after a 2009 fire required renovation. The East Side bar and restaurant serves a tavern-style menu. Paul Hoskins, longtime owner of Savant Catering in Downtown Evansville, has opened MainGate Sports Bar and Restaurant (518/520 Main St.). The menu includes tavern fare: chili con queso, the Honolulu honey salad, and fried catfish sandwiches. … Simply Irresistible (2007 Lincoln Ave.) has opened near the University of Evansville campus. The dine-in restaurant carries a menu with dumplings, hamburgers, sandwiches, wraps, jambalaya, and salads.
A renovation and expansion of Kirby’s Private Dining (1119 Parrett St.) is scheduled for completion March 8. The 120-seat ballroom will become a 200-seat Downtown venue. Scott Schymik, the executive chef and owner of the upscale private dining restaurant and catering company, won Evansville’s first Steel Cook competition, a culinary contest pitting eight local chefs for kitchen bragging rights, in late January. In honor of their fourth year in operation, the owners of Black Buggy Restaurant & Bakery (4920 Davis Lant Drive; Hwy. 57 S., Washington, Ind.) have added healthier options — grilled chicken, whole grain rice, and steamed vegetables — to the buffets. “Some guests said they only visit on special occasions because the buffet was too much,” says general manager Audrey Hinderliter. “People were telling us they love our chicken and dressing but need a smaller portion.” The wait staff at the Amish-style locations now serves a low-cost, one-plate option. A salad bar is another addition.