Sunday, September 2, 2007

Core Eats

Taste of Fort Wayne
Calhoun Street

"Once referred to as the Bus Mall, Calhoun Street - the area flanked by One Summit Square and the Courthouse - has evolved into a local eating district in recent years. The buses that once clogged the area with exhaust have been redirected onto Superior Street. And now the area is dotted with outdoor café tables, and the smell of pizza, baking bread and cups of hot coffee travels for blocks."

"Within a three-block radius of Calhoun Street, there are more than a dozen restaurants to choose from, all open for business during the lunch hour. (And, for some, only during the lunch hour.) Hungry downtown 9-to-5ers have their pick of Irish, Chinese and Italian food, eggs from a greasy spoon, coney dogs or a bagel and lox."

"Within the past two years, three new restaurants have opened in the area - Toscani Pizzeria, 816 Pint & Slice and, most recently, J.K. O'Donnell's, which features Irish and English fare such as shepherd's pie, stew and fish and chips."

"“We wanted to be a part of the revitalization of downtown,” co-owner Melissa Glaze says. “So, we wanted to be located in the heart of the city. But this area has a great synergy. Instead of being just a cosmopolitan eating block, we are part of a bigger package - a whole collection of restaurants where you can find anything and everything.”"