A popular Indianapolis-based sports bar chain plans to get a new restaurant up and running in Fort Wayne by early 2013, though not in the downtown Harrison building as city officials and developers hoped.
Scotty's Brewhouse expects to acquire a site in either the city's northwest or southwest side sometime in the next month and start construction in the next 60 days, founder and CEO Scott Wise said. Wise had considered opening a location in the Harrison but backed out after the downtown project stalled.
“The Fort Wayne market never left our radar,” Wise said. “It's always been one of our target markets that we wanted to open in.”
The college-geared chain started in Muncie in 1996 before extending to Bloomington, West Lafayette and Indianapolis. It now operates nine restaurants throughout central and southern Indiana. A Fort Wayne restaurant would be the chain's tenth location.