Noting the new diner's advertising, we'd been wanting to try it out for awhile and finally went for lunch the other day. They're only open 'til 3pm; we arrived about 2:30 to find we were the only customers. (note that a couple arriving several minutes before 3pm was effectively turned away by the waitress who said, "well, I can seat you but you have 4 minutes to order because we close at 3" -not what you'd expect when business is slow anyway and there's always clean-up to do). The large tenderloin WAS big, but severely lacking in seasoning and with an unpleasantly gritty breading (here in Indiana, you can get some awesome tenderloin sandwiches); the edges were thin and over-fried to the point where I had to remove them before eating. My daughter likened her burger to "those we had in (high) school" - not a favorable comparison. Whether or not it was, it looked like a purchased, defrosted patty, grey inside, soft outside and with minimal flavor. Even the jalapeno peppers and pepperjack cheese failed to raise the bar on this burger. There are several burger shops minutes away fom the diner where you can get a fabulous , fresh burger for about what you pay for this sad sandwich. The french fries were crisp on the outside, soft and potato-y on the inside and were the best item we tasted here. Although the desserts are a 'specialty', we didn't have room for dessert so can't comment on that except to suggest the glass pie case be moved to a more noticeable location. It sits in a front window alcove which may entice someone walking by on the sidewalk but is nearly invisible to the actual diners- if you really want to sell dessert, tempt the people who are already your customers by having those luscious desserts calling to them while they eat! If the case is effectively lighted, it can also be visible to pedestrians; win/win.
The decor has a cool 50-60's vibe; however our booth had framed reviews of another, defunct Fort Wayne restaurant and it's tasty pies, lunches, etc. Having been to that restaurant and now to the Chrome Plated Diner, I can say that even if similar recipes are used, the ambiance and sandwich results miss the mark.