Ruby Tuesday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Oct. 7 and its closed Fort Wayne restaurant is for sale.

“This announcement does not mean ‘Goodbye, Ruby Tuesday’ but ‘Hello, to a stronger Ruby Tuesday,’” CEO Shawn Lederman said in a statement from the Maryville, Tennessee-based casual dining restaurant company.

In August, it closed its restaurant at 1050 Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne. The 5,640-square-foot restaurant space is listed for rent at $24.50 a square foot a year, or $138,180.

Ruby Tuesday has restaurants at 2304 N. Wayne St., Angola, and 3308 E. Center St., Warsaw.

Berry Street condo work continues

Work on a historic Queen Anne home in downtown Fort Wayne to create six condos is continuing.

“I think we’re investing $30,000 in just brickwork,” said Ben Wahli, who with Melissa Maddox makes up the Maddox-Wahli Team. The chimney is getting the bricks cleaned and reset.

The team, along with North Eastern Group Realty, and financing from the Kovas/Walburn family, created WMW Development and hired local designer Rich Hersha and Grinsfelder and Associates to convert the three-story home with a nod to history but modern amenities.

“Previous plans were to build two more stories on top of this structure,” Wahli said as he pointed to a part of the house. “We’ve decided not to do that. The high cost of structure work and construction we didn’t feel like we’d get the return.”

They’ll go with a more popular option, which is creating a 1,700-square-foot unit “and then this unit gets the rooftop terrace, which would be about 1,500 square feet on top...We think this may be the most popular, outside of the penthouse suite, unit.”

Buyers are already interested and would be able to pick many options including the kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities and wall colors, he said. They expect the first unit to be completed in about 8 months. The target completion date for the whole building is October 2021.

The house at 801 W. Berry St. is just across the street from the Lutheran Downtown Hospital currently under construction to replace St. Joseph Hospital at 700 Broadway.

The home was built by Wing & Mahurin Architects in 1884 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was the home of Edward Alexander Kelly Hackett, owner and publisher of the Fort Wayne Sentinel from 1880 until his death in 1916.

After that it became a funeral home until the 1940s and later an apartment building, Wahli previously said.

It hasn’t been occupied for 26 years, so it needs lots of work.

“There’s just a lot of fine detail in both limestone, brick and wood, so we’re working to restore all those little details to historic accuracy,” Wahli said.

It will come with a cost of $390,000 and up per unit. Each will have two or three bedrooms with 1,300 to 2,200 square feet in each unit.

Anyone interested in more information about the units can call the Maddox-Wahli Team at 260-366-4808.

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

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