Lincoln Tower Soda Fountain

If you’ve never been to the Lincoln Tower Soda Fountain tucked inside the grandiose Lincoln Tower in downtown Fort Wayne, please make an effort to go there this summer. It is a charming step back in time to the 1960s with bar stools, flavored cokes and spritzy sodas of many flavors.

Besides soda drinks, the Lincoln Tower Soda Fountain menu includes sandwiches, baked goods, popcorn and wraps. One of its most popular sandwiches is the tuna with sliced egg on whole wheat bread. Some sandwiches are named after local legal officials based on their preferences. Prices are moderate with sandwiches ranging from $3.75-$4.50.

The restaurant is open from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. As the county courthouse is located across the street, it’s probably to be expected the restaurant’s busiest time is lunch.

The soda fountain has been open since the 1930s. Ilene Stein has owned it since 1985.

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The Lincoln Tower Soda Fountain is located inside the Lincoln Tower in Downtown Fort Wayne.

I have a particularly sweet memory of this place. A couple of years ago my son had been accepted at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. We were spending time together before he left strolling around Fort Wayne’s downtown area. We stopped in the Lincoln Tower Soda Fountain to eat. The nice lady who took our order was friendly so I mentioned proudly that Chris was leaving for the military soon. Our waitress insisted on giving him a free soda for his service to our country. It still touches my heart to think of her respect for his decision to serve. It’s a privilege to write about a place that is so loyal to our American soldiers. I’m headed back in there as soon as I can.

And, check out the Lincoln Tower Soda Fountain on Facebook under “Tower Fountain.”

116 E Berry St Ste 101
Fort Wayne, IN 46802


Kayleen Reusser has written children’s books and had stories in Chicken Soup books. She writes features for the News-Sentinel newspaper and profiles for the Ossian Sun Riser. She loves to travel and write about her experiences at her website:

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