UPDATED: Restaurant Notes: Fortlandia nanobrewery in the works; Nick’s representing Indiana; Subway scholar earns college money

Five homebrewers plan to put a nanobrewery into the former Avilla Pizza and Subs on Spring Street. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Savannah Ostermeyer, right, seen with General Manager Nathan McNeal, won a scholarship from the company. (Photo courtesy of Subway)
Jean Anne Bailey and the team at Nick’s Kitchen in Huntington will represent Indiana at the Flavored Nation festival next month. (Photo courtesy of Flavored Nation)
Nick’s Kitchen in Huntington is said to be the origin of the pork tenderloin. (Photo courtesy of Flavored Nation)

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect a change in the origin of the nanobrewery’s name.

What’s tinier than a microbrewery? A nanobrewery.

Sam Snyder and four other homebrewers are equal partners in Fortlandia, a small-batch brewery they plan to open later this year in a former pizza restaurant at 1010 Spring St. The store most recently was Avilla Pizza and Subs and before that a Marco’s Pizza.

A nanobrewery produces a small number of barrels of beer.

“We’ll make less than a thousand a year,” said Snyder, a real estate agent.

While other breweries may be making 15 times that amount, the low volume allows them to better control the quality. “Bringing quality beer to the market” is the goal, he said.

They plan to sell more over-the-counter drinks and not kegs. The group looks to slowly grow the business.

“The first 2-3 years we plan to build a following,” Snyder said.

Four of the five will also brew. Each man has a specialty and they’ve won awards for their homebrews.

Snyder and Dan Voors, whom he credits for getting him into homebrewing, do wheat and hoppy beers. Ken Daly is president of the MASH Fort Wayne Homebrew Club. As I told you last week, several club members took home awards this month at the 2018 Indiana State Fair Brewers’ Cup. Daly creates lagers and light stouts. Jerry Glass makes big bold flavors. The fifth partner is Ed Whipp.

By using salt and fruits they’ll aim to offer batches for margarita and wine drinkers.

Snyder wrote, “We chose Fortlandia because it was a blank slate to show both our love for Fort Wayne and build our brand of beer first.”

Nick’s Kitchen representing

I’ve had a few non-Hoosiers ask me what a pork tenderloin is. Only delicious!

Flavored Nation will host an inaugural festival in August in Columbus, Ohio, that will feature chefs from each state cooking an iconic state dish.

Jean Anne Bailey and the team at Nick’s Kitchen in Huntington will be representing Indiana and serving pork tenderloin sandwiches, which the founder of Nick’s Kitchen originated in 1904, according to a news release.

The festival takes place Aug. 11-12. Florida will have Key lime pie, California fish tacos, Alaska reindeer sausage and Massachusetts New England clam chowder.

Want to join in the culinary tour? Each ticket for one day includes 10 tastings and six drink samples, with additional tasting tickets available for purchase the day of the event. Cost is $35 in advance and $45 at the door. Children under 5 enter free. The event is held 11 a.m.-5 p.m. both days at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High St. Get tickets here.

Subway scholarship

Jeff Sebeika, who owns four Subway sandwich franchises in Fort Wayne, is proud to announce that one of his sandwich makers has earned a national scholarship.

Savannah Ostermeyer has been awarded a $2,500 college scholarship through the Subway Fresh Start Scholarship Program, according to Sebeika.

“This is a tremendous honor, as there are hundreds of thousands of employees working at more than 26,000 stores in the United States, and only 200 scholarships were awarded,” he wrote.

The Subway Fresh Start Scholarship program is available to employees in all 50 states. The scholarships are in memory of the chain’s co-founder, Fred DeLuca, who died in 2015. DeLuca opened the first Subway restaurant in August 1965 when he was a 17-year-old high school graduate trying to raise money to go to college. He was given a $1,000 loan from a family friend, Dr. Peter Buck, and together they created the franchise from a single Bridgeport, Conn., sandwich shop.

Ostermeyer started in June 2015 at Sebeika’s Georgetown location, 6501 E. State Blvd., while she was a student at Snider High School. He also owns Stellhorn, Dupont and Coldwater road locations.

Ostermeyer graduated from Snider in spring 2017 and has returned from Ball State, where she is a pre-med student majoring in biology, to work at Subway during her winter 2017 and summer 2018 breaks, according to Sebeika.

Pathfinder artists to paint on BMW

My mother didn’t revel in my kindergarten-age artistic talent when I drew Snoopy with red pen on the wall, and I’m sure she wouldn’t have wanted me to draw on a car. However, a BMW will be the canvas for adults with intellectual disabilities who are served by Pathfinder Community Supports’ Community Integration/Day Services program. The BMW Art Car will be unveiled at Two EE’s Winery, 6808 U.S. 24, Huntington, at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 9, during the first wine tasting event to benefit the individuals served by Pathfinder Community Supports.

Pathfinder Services and its Creative Abilities and Little River Art Studios have been selected by BMW of Fort Wayne and Kelley Automotive Group to design and create the artwork.

Creative Abilities and Little River Art Studios provide artistic opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities who are served by the Pathfinder program. The Creative Abilities and Little River Art Studios provide a space where artists can paint, sculpt, sew, draw, and craft jewelry.

The artists are currently in the final stages of design and will begin painting the 2019 BMW 4 Series in the coming weeks. Tickets for the 7:30-10 p.m. event are $35 and can be purchased at the door or in advance by visiting pathfinderservices.org. Tickets include two wine tastings, light appetizers and a voucher for $10 off a Two-EE’s purchase. Musical entertainment will be provided by Roustabout.

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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