Restaurant Notes extra: City View Cafe replacing Window Garden in Indiana Michigan Power Center

City View Cafe (Courtesy image)

EDITOR’S NOTE: The hours for the Downtown Improvement District Mother’s Day Downtown have been updated.

For those who’ve missed the views of Fort Wayne from high on the former One Summit Square building, you’re in luck.

City View Cafe plans to go into the spot last occupied by Window Garden Cafe on the 13th floor of what is now Indiana Michigan Power Center.

Joe Ceruti hopes to open the cafe March 1 if all the permits are in place. The cafe will offer views of the city from its south and north windows that include Memorial Coliseum, Parkview Field and the Ardmore Avenue gravel pits and several church steeples. Part of the draw to the Window Garden Cafe, which served breakfast and lunch 1982-2014, was a chance to look across the city.

“It’s been closed for four years,” Ceruti said of the space, so there’s a lot that needs to be done. New paint, lighting, wood stain, and plants in pots on the floor with new lighting and a different entrance will greet diners.

City View Cafe will deliver what's in its name. The cafe will be operated by Ceruti's on the 13th floor of the Indiana Michigan Power Center, where Window Garden used to be. (Photo courtesy of Kaitlyn Putnam Photography)

Developer Bill Bean planned to put in a restaurant for the 400 employees of SIRVA who moved from 5001 U.S. 30 W. to the downtown building this year. The building has another 500 workers of other tenants in the building, many of them with I&M.

Ceruti plans to not only be open for them, but for the public as well.

“It’s kind of a hybrid of a cafe and grab and go,” said Ceruti, president of Ceruti’s Catering.

From 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday patrons can grab breakfast items and beverages including three blends of freshly roasted coffee, cappuccino, fresh juices and fountain drinks. Patrons can also choose chips and popcorn. The cafe will also serve breakfast sandwiches, bagels, muffins, oatmeal and fresh fruit.

“Gluten-free and vegan options will be available,” Ceruti said.

Lunch items will include a special of the day that will rotate every 8 to 10 weeks such as pot roast or stuffed pork chop with a starch and vegetable or a side salad.

“Every day we’ll have freshly made soups,” he said.

Cold sandwiches and chicken, tuna and egg salad will be other grab-and-go options.

Grilled paninis will also be available.

The cafe will have speed in mind for those not wanting to wait for a grill order.

“Those all will be ready to go as self-serve so you’re not waiting on someone to make it,” he said.

The grill will have different burgers made from fresh not frozen meat such as a blue cheese burger with side options that include fries, onion rings and fried pickles.

He’s still pricing items but says patrons will likely spend $4.50-$8.50.

Ceruti will start with a staff of 8 and see if he needs to add more workers. Initially, Sunday brunch won’t be offered. However, he plans to participate in the Downtown Improvement District’s Mother’s Day Downtown, which will be on a Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 13.

Have restaurant news? Call Lisa M. Esquivel Long at 260-461-8354, send email to lesquivel@news-sentinel.com or a fax to 260-461-8817 or write Restaurant Notes, C/O The News-Sentinel, PO Box 102, Fort Wayne, IN 46802.

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