Coming soon

Five Lakes Coffee is taking over the spot formerly occupied by Tim Hortons at 8939 Lima Road, Fort Wayne.

Five Lakes Coffee will fill the void left by Tim Hortons at 8939 Lima Road, Fort Wayne.

The Strugis, Michigan-based company plans to open this fall and is currently hiring.

Starting out in 2002 as Great Lakes Chocolate, it started roasting coffee in-house in 2004 with a 1-pound roaster.

It now has locations in Angola, Auburn, Kendallville and, most recently, Shipshewana. It’s also adding a Kalamazoo, Michigan, location by the end of the year. And it upgraded to a 77-pound batch roaster this year.

Mission accomplished

Diners at Fort Wayne’s MISSION BBQ helped contribute to the Glen Burnie, Maryland-based company’s donation to the Honor Flight Network.

Co-founder Bill Kraus presented the check for $493,378 to Theresa Werner and Dave Nichols of the Honor Flight Network board.

This donation came from customers purchasing an American Heroes Cup over the summer. The company donated $2 from the $3.99 cost of each cup. Diners can bring back to the cup to MISSION BBQ to buy a 99-cent drink. The Fort Wayne restaurant is at 407 Coliseum Blvd. W.

Honor Flight provides free flights to veterans to visit war monuments in Washington, D.C.

Bed Bath and Beyond

Union, New Jersey-based Bed Bath and Beyond is closing four Indiana stores, but Fort Wayne’s is safe. It is closing stores one each in Bloomington and Merrillville and two in Indianapolis. The company has a store at Jefferson Pointe, 4020 W. Jefferson Blvd.

Bragg opens Oct. 10

An update on the opening for Bragg Alot Sweets & Drinks. It will have its grand opening Oct. 10 at 1415 E. State Blvd., which was the longtime home of Abby Brown’s Candy Shoppe.

I’m not telling porkies

Shigs in Pit BBQ & Brew has opened its third location at 8506 Illinois Road, Fort Wayne.

It has the same menu as the Maplecrest location with one addition: Tin Can Fries, “a giant tin can filled with our delicious hand-cut fries topped with pork, chicken or burnt ends, cheese, jalapenos and more, lovingly brought to your table and unveiled in front of your eyes.” Wow. You’ll also find 25 beer taps and a patio there.

Started as a competition BBQ team composed of Mad Anthony Brewing Company owners Todd Grantham and Jeff Neels along with their friend Stefan Kelley, Grantham and Neels, along with Mad Anthony Brewing Company partner Blaine Stuckey, later opened their first restaurant and catering business on Fairfield Avenue.

Sturges handled the real estate transaction.

Lisa Esquivel Long is a veteran Fort Wayne journalist and Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly editor. To submit items, send email to or call 260-426-2640. ext. 3311.

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