Restaurant Notes: The Golden spot has interested party

A potential tenant is interested not only in the former Golden restaurant space in Ash Skyline Plaza but also the storefront that used to house The Find, (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of
Someone has signed a letter of intent for the former Golden restaurant space in Ash Skyline Plaza, (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of

Someone is ready for a golden opportunity.

Tony Brita, vice president/chief operating and financial officer at Ash Crest Corp., said last week that someone has signed a 30-day letter of intent for the now-closed Golden restaurant spot in Ash Skyline Plaza at Wayne and Harrison streets along with 967 square feet next to it that once housed The Find. The potential tenant wants to turn the extra space into a private dining area.

Who is it? Brita said he can’t tell us, but he did say Monday that Mayor Tom Henry’s announcement last week to hold off on development of a downtown arena hasn’t changed the potential tenant’s mind. He expects to have a lease signed by the end of the month.

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We chatted with one of the owners of another downtown restaurant that we heard might be the potential tenant but got a denial.

The Golden, which used ingredients from local farmers, closed Nov. 12 after opening about a year and a half earlier.

As for Ruth’s Chris Steak House, it still plans to take the entire first floor of Skyline Tower, Brita said. It’s scheduled to open in the spring.

Meanwhile, The Find moved in September catty-corner to a storefront in the City Exchange Shops. Now it has 2,400 square feet of retail plus 600 square feet of storage/shipping/receiving in the basement at 210 W. Wayne St., according to Leah Badiac, manager. The new space allowed it to add to its lines of clothing, jewelry, gifts, baby and apothecary, and it also now can offer home decor and gifts as more people are moving into condos and apartments downtown.


Fort Wayne’s Famous Coney Island, 131 W. Main St., is included in “Roadfood, 10th Edition: An Eater’s Guide to More Than 1,000 of the Best Local Hot Spots and Hidden Gems Across America (Roadfood: The Coast-To-Coast Guide to the Best Barbecue Join)” by Jane Stern and Michael Stern. The paperback book came out in March.


We got an update from Metro Diner. They plan to open the Fort Wayne restaurant around the second week of April in the former Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon spot at 5525 Coldwater Road in Coldwater Crossing, according to Crafton Bryant IV, director of marketing. The restaurant is known for its comfort food and its “Where the locals eat” motto.

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