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Chicago brewery coming to North River

Also news from PNC Plaza, The Landing, Youththeatre, PFW

More Brewing Company out of Chicago is looking to build a facility near the riverfront.

Jen Poiry Prough

Whatzup Features Writer

Published August 31, 2022

Chicago-based More Brewing Company will invest approximately $6 million to build a two-story, 16,000-square-foot restaurant and brewery just north of the riverfront public space, near the intersection of Fourth and Calhoun streets. 

This would be the first project to be constructed at North River, where 29 acres are generally bound by Clinton, Fourth, and Harrison streets and serve as an important gateway into downtown. 

The site was previously used as a rail yard and other industrial type uses, dating back to 1902. The land has not been actively used since 2006.

The second phase of riverfront public space construction, which is primarily along the north bank of the St. Marys River, is scheduled to get under way this year and is scheduled for completion in 2024. 

PNC Plaza improvements coming

Downtown Fort Wayne announced support from the Knight Foundation to improve the outdoor space experience at PNC Plaza. 

The grant, made possible through the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, will help provide sunshade sails to cover the outdoor seating and activity area adjacent to Sweets on Main. The public space also includes outdoor dining tables and chairs, a life-size chessboard, an oversized version of the game Twister, bike racks, and Lyndy Bazile’s “Pontiac, ”a mural installation provided by Art This Way. A Service Animal Relief Area, made possible from funding from the AWS Foundation, was installed this year to provide service animal amenities to the public.

Plans for old Columbia Street West space

A “bottle store” and two bars are set to join The Landing’s lineup in the old Columbia Street West spot, according to nbdotl.com. 

Be Better Hospitality will put Blue Bottle Shop, Night Train, and Dana’s in the space formerly occupied by the popular C-Street and Bourbon Street Hideaway at the west edge of The Landing.

The shops will pay homage to the location’s history. 

The Blue Bottle Shop, named after a store that operated on The Landing in the 1800s, will offer unique bottles of wine, liquor, beer, and other items. 

Night Train will be a late-night cocktail bar, open from 6 p.m.-3 a.m. 

Dana’s will be another cocktail bar offering craft beer on tap, wine, and bar food on another level. Its name comes from Dana Columbia, the man who founded Columbia Street and The Landing in the 1800s.

Youtheatre classes begin this month

Fort Wayne Youtheatre is taking registrations for their fall 2022 classes, which begin Saturday, Sept. 10, and meet Saturdays through Nov. 12. Classes are available for ages 3 through 12th grade. For a list of available classes, go to fortwayneyoutheatre.org.

PFW Theatre 2022-23 season announced

The Purdue University Fort Wayne Theatre Department has announced its season, beginning Sept. 23 with Lee Blessing’s Eleemosynary, directed by Jeff Casazza and running through Oct. 1.

Other productions include: 

Peter and the Starcatcher: Directed by Bev Redman; Nov. 11-19, 2022

Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic: Directed by Jeff Casazza; Feb. 10-18

Little Women, The Musical: Directed by Bev Redman; April 14-22

 Individual tickets are on sale now at the university box office, along with a money-saving season flex-pass comprising four tickets for $64. Go to www.pfw.edu/tickets or call (260) 481-6555.

Chance to join PFW Community Orchestra

The Purdue University Fort Wayne Community Orchestra announces openings for a variety of instruments. 

The orchestra is seeking cello, two bassoons, string bass, viola, violin, and two harps. 

Rehearsals for community orchestra members can accommodate either Monday or Wednesday evening or both, if the player is interested. Conductor Dr. Kevin McMahon will flexibly work with your schedule. For an audition, contact Dr. McMahon at krmcmaho@pfw.edu. 

This is a fabulous opportunity to perform regularly in the 1500-seat Auer Performance Hall on the PFW campus.

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