Out of This World Breakfast at Cosmos Restaurants

So the last post I wrote (although not necessarily the last post of mine that you read) was about the Fort4Fitness Fall Festival and, to a lesser extent, about my getting back into shape. Ironic, then, that the subject of this post is…pancakes. Yes, for all my bluster about healthy living, I will always be a sucker for a stack of hotcakes. And the best place in Fort Wayne to find this greatest of breakfast foods (among many other delicious choices) is Cosmos Restaurants; with two locations in town – on Saint Joe Center Road and near Lima and Dupont Roads – you’re never too far from a tasty breakfast.

Serving the Fort Wayne community for almost twenty years, Cosmos has a variety of breakfast (and lunch) items on their menu. To say their menu is typical of most breakfast restaurants is true, to be sure, but it’s the quality of every item on that menu that really makes Cosmos exceptional. Whether you’re having a skillet, French toast, bacon and eggs, or lighter fare, you can guarantee it will be good. I should also mention the amount of food you get. Trust me, you will never leave Cosmos hungry unless you want to.

The Saint Joe Center Road location is open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sundays), while the Lima Road location is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (4:00 p.m. on the weekends). The earlier you get there, the better. I’ve never been to a Cosmos and seen a lot of empty tables. But don’t let that scare you away. It’s a testament to how many people in Fort Wayne love Cosmos. And pancakes. To learn more about the restaurants and to see a full menu, visit www.cosmosfortwayne.com.



Apart from spending his college years in West Lafayette, Indiana, and Dayton, Ohio, Mike Flohr is a lifetime resident of the Summit City. Today he divides his time among his wife, Megan, his job as a college librarian, and his many geek obsessions.

A two-hour tour of central Fort Wayne

Any time of year, finding something for the kids to do (and those kids can be of any size and age) can sometimes be a challenge. When the weather is beautiful, it’s time to get out of the house and explore your city.

In 1978, Clifford Richards and Pat Boice published an article in the Old Fort News entitled “Two Hour Tour of Fort Wayne Historical Sites”. We offer here a brief overview of the first part of this trip as something to do that will allow you to learn more about the city in which you live.

Begin at the Swinney Homestead on West Jefferson where Jefferson and Washington make the split and become two one-way streets. This home of the Swinney Family was once the home of the Historical Society. The Settlers maintain this property and offer events throughout the year. You can keep up with the Settlers via their website at: http://www.settlersinc.org/.

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Then head down Thieme Drive toward Main. Stop along the way at the marker for the Old Methodist College. OMC was once the center of education in northeast Indiana. In 1893 it moved to Upland, IN and became Taylor University. The marker is right by the river and very close to the turn for Wayne Street.

As you look across the St. Mary’s River, you’re looking at the Camp Allen Area where young men were trained for battle in the Civil War. Camp Allen Park was the location of the first professional baseball game ever played on May 4, 1871. Fort Wayne won. See http://historycenterfw.blogspot.com/2013/04/camp-allen-park-play-ball.html for more information.

As you come to the intersection of Thieme Drive and West Main, you will see the Aqueduct Marker. This monument, one of a number in Fort Wayne, is dedicated to the young men who swam in the Old Aqueduct. According to the OFN article, “The Aqueduct was a huge covered wooden structure which carried the waters of the Wabash and Erie Canal across the St. Mary’s River. It was located where you now see the bridge of the Norfolk and Western Railroad crossing the St. Mary’s River.”

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On the corner of Main and Union, you will see the house where actress Carole Lombard was born. Don’t know who Carole Lombard was? Read this blog post from Tom Castaldi: http://historycenterfw.blogspot.com/2013/04/jane-alice-peters-aka-carole-lombard.html

Drive on down Main Street to the corner of Main and Van Buren. The Rockhill House once stood on this site, the hotel where Stephen Douglas stayed in his campaign visit to Fort Wayne on October 2, 1860. See http://www.aroundfortwayne.com/blog/2008/10/02/148-years-ago-tonday/ for a little more information about this event or The Old Fort News article “The Douglas Has Come!” Stephen A. Douglas and the Presidential Campaign of 1860 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. John D. Beatty. 72:2, 2009, 18 pages.

Turn left onto Van Buren, crossing the railroad tracks, and continuing about two blocks. Here you’ll find the site of the first French fort, established around 1700 as Fort Miami and an historical marker noting this. For more on this site, see http://historycenterfw.blogspot.com/2013/04/signs-of-history-times.html

It’s easiest at this point to turn around and take Van Buren to Superior Street, turning left. A little way down on your left (about a block to Fulton) will be large grey house with white pillars. This was once the home of Hugh McCulloch, the father of modern banking. McCulloch was Secretary of the Treasury under Lincoln, Johnson and Arthur. His home once faced the Wabash and Erie Canal. Learn more about McCulloch at http://historycenterfw.blogspot.com/2012/07/the-father-of-modern-banking-hailed.html

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As you travel on down Superior Street to the east, you can turn right on Ewing (which becomes Fairfield) and then left on Main. At the southwest corner of Main and Webster is the Edsall House. Built in 1839, it’s considered the oldest structure still standing in central Fort Wayne. William Edsall was the original owner and after his death, the house became Fort Wayne City Hospital, the precursor of Parkview.

From there, continue on Main to Calhoun and turn left. Travel north to Superior Street, turn right and stop one-half block on the south at the Canal House. You can learn more about the canal… and another idea for a day trip from Tom Castaldi’s blog post http://historycenterfw.blogspot.com/2011/05/take-drive-on-route-of-wabash-erie.html.

“The Canal House was built in 1852 by John Brown, a stone mason and building supply dealer. The date of construction and Brown’s name can still be seen above the doorway. The ground floor was used as a place of business. Apparently the upper floor was rented as living quarters. In 1971 the Norfolk and Western Railroad gave the building to the city. It was renovated under the auspices of the Fort Wayne Bicentennial Commission” and later became offices for Arts United of Fort Wayne, which is now housed in the Auer Center. (OFN, Vol. 41, No. 1)

Continue down Superior Street to Barr and turn right. Drive under the railroad elevation and park near Freimann Square. Here you can relax a bit and get a close up view of the Anthony Wayne Statue. See http://historycenterfw.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-anthony-wayne-statue.html and the latest edition of the Old Fort News with a photo of the statue on the cover. The railway elevation that you drove under runs along the site of what was the Wabash and Erie Canal. Two blocks to the west along Columbia Street was “The Landing”, where canal boats loaded and discharged passengers and cargo in the 1840s and 1850s.

Now that you’re in Freimann Square, it’s just a short walk over to the History Center where you can explore your city’s history in more detail. Remember, we have free admission on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the summer when the Barr Street Market is open.

Enjoy this, and other historic walking tours as you discover Fort Wayne!

The History Center


The History Center is the home of the Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society. Housed in the 1893 Old City Hall, the organization offers a look at Allen County and Fort Wayne history via its museum, the National Historic Landmark Chief Richardville House, the George R. Mather Lecture Series, the magazine “Old Fort News”, its award winning blog “History Center Notes and Queries” and other programs. The History Center’s Festival of Gingerbread during the holiday season attracts over 12,000 people to downtown Fort Wayne during its three-week run with proceeds going toward support of the museum and its programs. The Heritage Education Fund provides free field trips to students in area schools.

Discover Fort Wayne’s kid friendly side

Some cities boost a great nightlife–ideal for adults. The downside is that those with kids scramble for family-friendly activities. Luckily Fort Wayne is not lacking in that department. Come see for yourself why Fort Wayne has been named among the 100 best places to raise a family.Whether you’re coming in for a day, or a whole week, there is plenty to see, taste and do. Here’s a start:

There’s nothing like a day at the zoo on an Indian summer day. The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo has been consistently ranked one of the best children’s zoos, and it’s easy to see why. The range of animal life is impressive–they have everything from giraffes to wallabies! There is also a good amount of hands-on activities, perfect for curious minds. I recommend you have a picnic before or after in nearby Franke Park. There is plenty of greenspace to enjoy!

If the weather isn’t cooperating, there is plenty of fun (and learning) to be had indoors at one of Fort Wayne’s many quality museums. Inspire budding scientists at Science Central, a museum dedicated to teaching kids about the wonders of sciences. Expect plenty of hands-on activities here.

Do you have a nature lover on your hands? The Botanical Conservatory is a must! They have an impressive permanent exhibit. (Cactuses, anyone?)  Their seasonal exhibits–like endangered butterflies– are not to be missed. If the kids are thirsty there is an on-site cafe.

fwmoa 300x127 Discover Fort Waynes kid friendly sideMaybe you have an aspiring Picasso in the family? Well then the Fort Wayne Museum of Art is a no-brainer.  Their Early Learning Center is designed to expose young minds to the world of art. Remember it’s never too early to inspire!

Maybe your kids have a lot of energy they need to get out of their system. What better place to do that than in the great outdoors? Fort Wayne and Allen County offers over 81 miles of biking, hiking, and even kayaking trails. The network of trails offers safe, fun places to get outdoors with the family – and our trails connect you to our parks, attractions, downtown and more!

Here’s to yours days ahead in Fort Wayne filled with laughter, fun and memories!


Lauren Caggiano was raised in Fort Wayne, and returned in 2007 upon graduation from the University of Dayton. The president of WriteOn LLC, she specializes in writing, marketing, and French translation. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, yoga and volunteering. In the summer you can catch her riding around downtown on her vintage green Schwinn. For more information, check out her website: www.lcagg.com.

Get up close and personal with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson Oct. 21

tyson by cassidy 340 200x300 Get up close and personal with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson Oct. 21What is there to do on a random Tuesday evening in Fort Wayne? While there are many answers to this question, I believe there is one option that stands out. Attend a lecture from a world-renowned scientist. Neil deGrasse Tyson, of Cosmos fame, is coming to Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) in a few weeks, as part of the Omnibus lecture series.

I have attended this lecture series for the past four or five years, and I can tell you there is always at least one standout speaker. Notable ones include Michele Norris, Rick Steves, David Baldacci and Sandra Day O’Connor. Quite an impressive bunch, huh?

Dr. Tyson will join this list of impressive personalities Oct. 21, and you should be excited! Tyson is a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History and the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space.  He is the former host of NOVA ScienceNow on PBS and is currently at the helm in FOX’s reimagined Cosmos series.Tyson has served on advisory councils for NASA and former President George W. Bush, lending his expertise on space exploration, the future of transportation, and national security. In addition to authoring dozens of professional publications, Tyson is a New York Times bestselling author and frequent guest on The Daily Show with Jon StewartThe Colbert Report, and Real Time with Bill Maher.

If you’re ever watched Cosmos, you already about his cerebral yet accessible approach to science, channeling Carl Sagan. I imagine his lecture will follow a similar model. You’re in for a real treat!

Following the lecture, there will be a time for a question and answer session.

Dr. Tyson’s lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are free but required in advance to attend all lectures. Tickets should be acquired about three weeks before each event and are available online or by calling the Larson Box Office at Gates Athletic Center, at 260.481.6555. Parking is free for all events, which take place at The John and Ruth Rhinehart Music Center in the heart of IPFW’s campus. The campus is located just off of North Coliseum Boulevard on the city’s near north side.


Lauren Caggiano was raised in Fort Wayne, and returned in 2007 upon graduation from the University of Dayton. The president of WriteOn LLC, she specializes in writing, marketing, and French translation. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, yoga and volunteering. In the summer you can catch her riding around downtown on her vintage green Schwinn. For more information, check out her website: www.lcagg.com.

My Favorite Places to Run – Concordia Theological Seminary

One of the great things about Fort Wayne, Indiana, is our trail system; however, you don’t necessarily need to follow those trails to find fun places to run. I’ve set for myself a goal of getting out and exploring the city on foot – trails and all – and as I do, I’ll write about my experiences. The subject of the first post in this series is Concordia Theological Seminary, located at 6600 North Clinton Street.chapeldistant My Favorite Places to Run   Concordia Theological Seminary

Not far from where we live is the gorgeous campus of this Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod seminary. Turning off Clinton onto shaded, tree-lined Martin Luther Drive leads you to the expanse of the grounds, a beautiful integration of architecture and nature, part of which is the jewel of the school, Kramer Chapel. Not only can you run along the sidewalks and roads around the campus proper, but there are fields to explore, too, for a little off-road training. The seminary offers a genuinely peaceful place to run and to think, and as a religious institution, it demands our respect as visitors.

So get out there, everyone! It’s time to start “running” this town. Feel free to share your favorite places to run in the Comments section, and I’ll keep posting as my list of favorite places to run in Fort Wayne continues to grow.



Apart from spending his college years in West Lafayette, Indiana, and Dayton, Ohio, Mike Flohr is a lifetime resident of the Summit City. Today he divides his time among his wife, Megan, his job as a college librarian, and his many geek obsessions.