Come Experience Big City Atmosphere at Central City Café!

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Central City Cafe is downtown Fort Wayne’s newest lunch spot.

Looking for a fun place to have lunch in Fort Wayne?  Look no further than Central City Café, one of the city’s newest restaurants!

I’ve been looking for a new, chic restaurant to meet friends, and this is just the place!  Located on Calhoun St., just beside Riegel’s Pipe and Tobacco shop, its downtown location makes it easy for me to access during the summer’s festivals and other activities.

The Café is located just a few blocks from some of Fort Wayne’s other legendary eateries – The Pint and Slice and The Dash-In .  What sets Central City Café apart from these dining establishments – as well as others in Fort Wayne – are the 14-foot long, build your own sandwich and salad bars.

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I appreciate this café for many reasons.  Besides its convenient location and healthy menu items, the interior is very clean, spacious, and has a big city feel. The interior also tastefully blends contemporary décor into the building’s historic structure.

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The building, which dates back to the 1860s, had been used as a warehouse during the city’s industrialization.  You can still see the original brick walls and ceiling support beams throughout the Café, and there are paintings and photographs of past and present day Fort Wayne on both floors.

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I thought these were unique ways for a restaurant to acknowledge Fort Wayne’s past and present.

Last but not least, customers can utilize the Café’s Wi-Fi over a business meeting or for leisure.  There is ample seating along the wall downstairs and at small tables upstairs.  With a fun, upbeat atmosphere and healthy menu items, I highly recommend making Central City Café your next choice for lunch!

The Café is located on Facebook here and downtown at 620 S. Calhoun St.
Open Monday – Friday, 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Closed Saturday and Sunday.
260-422-CAFE  (2233)

You can click here to hear a short commercial about some featured menu items at the Café.

Amanda Reusser

About

Amanda Reusser is a 2006 graduate from Taylor University-Upland. She has spent the past 6 years living and teaching Drama, English and ESOL in Florida, Indonesia and Austria. While it was fun and insightful, she is very glad to be back home in Indiana. Amanda loves traveling, trying new foods, and learning cultural dances. She enjoys getting to know new people, teaching teenagers, and being involved with her home church.

Foodstock is back!

Meals on wheels are the way of the future! Fort Wayne’s food trucks are not your stereotypical truck turning out sketchy mystery meat. Instead, they are delivering mouthwatering fare of all kinds for Fort Wayne residents and visitors alike to enjoy. If you haven’t tried all the different trucks yet, don’t panic! Foodstock 2014 is your opportunity to sample them!

All day Saturday, July 26, from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. the food trucks will be parked at One Summit Square in downtown Fort Wayne. Grab something for lunch, then find a spot to enjoy the live music. For the 21+ crowd there will also be beer gardens as well to enjoy with your food truck fare. You won’t want to miss this once a season gathering.

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Check out our comprehensive list of the food trucks and start planning your meals.

  • Jumby’s Joint is serving up some traditional American food. The menu vaires from day to day but features burgers, hot dogs, cold cut sandwiches, pork, and more!
  • For some of the best authentic Italian Ice in the city, hit up Wise Guys Ice. It makes a great addition to any meal and is the perfect summertime snack! Try one of their unique flavors, or get your favorite traditional flavor. 
  • PizzaBomba is delivering gourmet pizza that you won’t believe is from a food truck until you see it! This New York style pizza is sure to satisfy and leave you wanting to come back for more.
  • Using seasonal produce and locally supplied meats, Spicer’s Food Truck is turning out some of the best burgers in town. Their menu changes daily, but you can always be sure to find fresh burgers on the list.
  • Craving Italian? Look no further than Rig-a-Tony’s Italian Food Truck. Dishing out breakfast, pastas, sandwiches, and more, this is a food truck you won’t want to miss!
  • For a little taste of New Orleans, check out Ragin’ Cajun. This truck is serving up some true Bayou fare with unique seafood recipes that won’t disappoint! 
  • Sol Kitchen is delivering some great and unique taco recipes with fresh ingredients and international flare. Their ever-evolving menu features a variety of foods from different nations and promises to be good eats!
  • Grab something sweet at Whip and Chill. They offer ice cream cones, sundaes, floats, and Hawaiian Shave Ice. 
  • Grab some mouthwatering BBQ at Jimmy Ray’s bar-b-que truck. They are serving it up right here with all the favorite BBQ meats and a wide array of unique sides including the traditional baked beans and loaded potato skins. 
  • One of the locals’ favorites, Bravas Hot Dogs, turns out crazy good hot dog creations. Try the famous Patatas Bravas topped with brava sauce and garlic aioli for a special treat!
  • You won’t want to miss Affine, either. The menu changes slightly, but always features some mouthwatering tacos with locally sourced chicken, pork, or duck. Try one of the unique combinations and you won’t be disappointed!

Bring the whole family down to this annual event. Help to support the local food trucks, enjoy a fun afternoon, and maybe even check out some of the downtown sights while you are there! Foodstock 2014 is sure to be a great time with great food and fellowship!

Holley Taylor

About

Holley is a student at Albion College in Michigan studying English with a Creative Writing Emphasis and History. She is excited to be back in her hometown this summer working as a Marketing Intern for Visit Fort Wayne. Holley enjoys reading, writing, dancing, and spending time with family and friends.

Fort Wayne Pride Fest back for its 18th year

Pride has been celebrated in Fort Wayne for decades, but the festival we know today was born in 1997. Since then, Pride Fest has grown in size and popularity. This year, there is even more to enjoy with a week of events! Pride Fest will host events from July 23 – July 28.

Stop by Snickerz Comedy Club on Wednesday night, July 23,  for Pride night. Headliner Kristen Key is sure to keep the audience in stitches. Best known for being a fan favorite on season four of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” Key employs music, scripted comedy, and her spontaneous sense of humor to make each one of her shows unique and staggeringly funny. There will also be a silent auction taking place at the comedy show to benefit Fort Wayne Pride’s year-round youth programming.

Then, on Friday, July 25, the real festivities begin. The Kick-off party will start at 7:00 p.m. at Headwaters Park. Admission is just $3 and that earns you entrance to a night long concert, which includes performances by two local bands and a DJ dance party at the end of the night. There will also be food available, vendors’ booths, and a beer tent on site.

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Make sure not to party too hard, though, because the fun begins again bright and early Saturday, July 26.  Beginning at 11:30 a.m. the Pride March will take over the streets of downtown Fort Wayne. The march is open to people of all ages and is free to join; supporters will walk through the streets of downtown and end back at Headwaters in time for the beginning of the festival fun.

Saturday is the day you won’t want to miss. There will be vendors set up from noon – 6:00 p.m., a food and beer tent, a cornhole tournament from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., and a free KidSpace for children under 12 from noon – 5:00 p.m. The KidSpace will include games, prizes, a moonwalk, and crafts. There will be live entertainment all day with a little something for everyone. Check out some of the best local, regional, and national bands/singers. Saturday night will conclude with Fort Wayne’s finest drag show. Many people’s favorite part of the festival, this show is the largest in Fort Wayne and features some of the area’s best kings and queens. It promises to be a great show and a fun and memorable experience.

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The fun doesn’t stop there, either. Come out to the Fort Wayne TinCaps game on Monday, July 28, for Pride Night. Wear Red and look for the Pride section. You can even purchase your tickets during the festival the weekend before.

Come out to any or all of the Pride Fest activities and help to promote tolerance and equality. Check out Fort Wayne Pride’s webpage for more details about their other events and their organization.

Holley Taylor

About

Holley is a student at Albion College in Michigan studying English with a Creative Writing Emphasis and History. She is excited to be back in her hometown this summer working as a Marketing Intern for Visit Fort Wayne. Holley enjoys reading, writing, dancing, and spending time with family and friends.

Fort Wayne for Millennials

Usually defined as people born in the 1980s and 1990s, Millennials recently usurped Baby Boomers as the largest generation. Despite our overwhelming presence in the world, we are often still a bit of an overlooked group. We are often deemed as antisocial (constantly on our phones) or still shoved at the children’s table. There has been so much debate recently about what millennials do and don’t like to do, what we are or aren’t into, and whether we are a more aware generation or just a bunch of selfish brats.

I can’t speak to most of that, but as far as what millennials do and don’t like to do, I know for myself, most of what I do is determined by cost. Going to college is expensive and even if you work it can be difficult to get by. I also know this isn’t likely to change any time soon after graduation because like many of my fellow millennials, I will be paying off my school for a long time.  That is not to say I won’t spend money, but when I do, I want to be sure it is going to be worth it.

So, if you are looking for something to do and are in the same boat as me, here are some things that are either free or worth the money.

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Swinney Park

One of the most often overlooked ways to spend your time in Fort Wayne is out on the trails. Fort Wayne has great parks and over 80 miles of walking, running, and biking trails. Totally free of charge, the trails allow you to enjoy the summer weather and give an interesting perspective of our city. Take a trail you’ve never taken before, find the Japanese garden in Swinney park, or try walking from destination to destination.

It’s especially easy to find things to do in the summer. Fort Wayne has about six different free summer concert series. With so many options, it’s likely that on any given weekend you can find a concert with a band playing music you like. It’s a great way to widen your music horizons and discover some cool new bands. Or, if outside concerts aren’t your scene, a lot of bars in town feature live music. Check out the Acme, the Brass Rail, Club Soda, and the Phoenix.

Summer is also time for farmers markets. There are so many markets that there is one open almost every day of the week, and there is guaranteed to be one close your neighborhood. Even if you don’t spend anything, it is always fun to browse. Still, the prices are usually affordable and it is nice to know that whatever you purchase is locally grown and supports local business. Grab some fresh produce, pack it in a cooler, and have a picnic in one of the many parks.

Going to museums is also a great way to spend the day, but admission prices can be steep. Fort Wayne has over 20 art galleries around town. If you want to see some great art, take a trip to some of our galleries and browse the art for free. One great place to go is Orchard Gallery; run by local artists, every time you stop in, there will be an artist working. Ask them questions about their work and hear about their processes and inspirations.

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Orchard Gallery

If you are willing to spend a little money, check out a movie at the Cinema Center. An art house theater in downtown Fort Wayne, Cinema Center shows great indie and foreign movies and it’s a non-for-profit, so all the money goes back into providing the community with a chance to see films they wouldn’t otherwise have the chance to see. Hit up a matinee to make it even a little easier on the wallet as well.

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Columbia Street West

As another money-needed option, check out some of the great nightlife in downtown. JK O’Donnell’s offer great prices on quality beer, the Deck is a great place to enjoy the weather, the Dash-In has a chill environment and great live music, and Columbia Street has unique charm and a fun atmosphere.

 

There really is a lot to do to occupy your free time in Fort Wayne even on a budget. In a city like ours, there is no excuse to be bored, you just have to think outside of the box. When you are at a loss for what to do, check out Visit Fort Wayne’s Calendar of events.

Holley Taylor

About

Holley is a student at Albion College in Michigan studying English with a Creative Writing Emphasis and History. She is excited to be back in her hometown this summer working as a Marketing Intern for Visit Fort Wayne. Holley enjoys reading, writing, dancing, and spending time with family and friends.

A Night out in Fort Wayne

Sometimes it can be overwhelming trying to decide where to go out on the weekends in a new city. There are bars around the corner and across town, but it’s hard to know which one will be able to give you the night out you are looking for. But you’re in luck; Visit Fort Wayne has got you covered! Check out our Nightlife guide to see which fits your idea of a great night out!

If you like Dancing: 

Check out Flashbacks on the Landing. Fort Wayne’s only retro night club, Flashback plays the best hits of the 70s, 80s, and 90s for your dancing pleasure. With two full service bars and two levels of dancing, Flashback is always a good time! They also have Ladies’ Night on Friday, where ladies get in for free, and drink specials on Friday and Saturday nights, they make sure the weekends are not only fun, but affordable.

If you like Karaoke:

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Arena Bar and Grill

Hit up the Green Frog Inn on Friday nights for American Idol karaoke starting at 9:30 p.m. Stop in early for some of their great eats, and check out a little Fort Wayne history – their walls are covered in it! One of the favorite haunts for locals, the Green Frog is a friendly place with a fun, upbeat atmosphere. On Saturday nights, sing your hearts out at Arena Bar and Grill. Starting at 10:00 p.m., this sports bar’s got it all! Sing some karaoke, play a game of pool. and check out the big game. This bar is sure to give your whole party a night they won’t forget.

If you want a chill night out:

head to JK O’Donnell’s. This local neighborhood bar offers the best in drinks, company, and atmosphere. This relaxed Irish pub is a great place to go and grab a drink and catch up with friends. It isn’t too loud to talk comfortably with your party and the food and drinks won’t disappoint. If you’re feeling adventurous, go up to the bar and roll the die to determine your drink!

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JK O’Donnell’s

If you want something new and exciting:

try Fort Wayne’s dueling piano bar, Rum Runners. The only dueling piano bar in town, Rum Runners offers great music, a fun and exciting atmosphere, and weekend drink specials, it is sure to be a great time!

For the summer, if you want somewhere to enjoy the weather:

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The Deck

grab a seat at The Deck at Don Hall’s Gashouse. On the banks of the St. Mary’s river behind the Gashouse, this is the place to be in the summer months. Not only do they have great food, but they also have a great drink selection and welcoming atmosphere. The Deck is a great place to go with friends for a chill summer night.

No matter what you are looking for in a night out, Fort Wayne’s got you covered. Check out all the different places to go at our Nightlife page!

Holley Taylor

About

Holley is a student at Albion College in Michigan studying English with a Creative Writing Emphasis and History. She is excited to be back in her hometown this summer working as a Marketing Intern for Visit Fort Wayne. Holley enjoys reading, writing, dancing, and spending time with family and friends.