Elijah's Restaurant & Bakery is open

Elijah’s Restaurant & Bakery has opened in Fort Wayne and offers vegetarian options.

Sarah and Russ Fleeger have opened a FASTSIGNS in Fort Wayne at 6646 W. Jefferson Blvd.

As new franchisees of the locally owned and independently operated sign business, both will be involved in the business planning while Sarah will run the day-to-day operations as the center’s general manager, according to a news release from the company. Sarah is a lifelong educator with experience in elementary education and most recently special education. Born and raised in Fort Wayne, Russ is a finance executive and current CFO of an Indiana-based medical device company.

Rounding out the team will be Jeff Anderson and Angie Fleeger. Jeff is a graphic designer with several years of design experience in the sign industry. Angie will assume the role of visual communications specialist. She brings to FASTSIGNS many years of sales and customer service experience in the event and wedding industry in Northeast Indiana.

Sarah and Russ chose Fort Wayne to start their business because it is a vibrant, growing city with a significant amount of recent business investment. With Russ’s connection to the city, and after living in Japan for six years, they decided they wanted to fully invest in their hometown.

“We looked at several business opportunities and focused on those that were less cyclical and performed well during the pandemic,” Russ Fleeger said in the news release. “Also, FASTSIGNS, by far, had the most positive and supportive environment and happy franchisees.”

FASTSIGNS of Fort Wayne is open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

To learn more, visit www.fastsigns.com/2348-fort-wayne-in-south or call 260-399-6434.

New restaurant open

Elijah’s Restaurant & Bakery is now open, and it’s advertising free coffee all day, every day.

I noticed that, finally, the “Coming soon” sign has been replaced by “Now open” at the restaurant, 3620 N. Clinton St., Fort Wayne.

Describing itself as fine dining with healthy food that uses Mediterranean and Middle Eastern inspiration and full service, it has among its menu options the staff-original Mango Strawberry Cocktail along with a Breakfast Veggie Wrap, Lentil Soup, Cabbage Wraps and a Navy Bean Burger. I’m intrigued by Brother Muhammad’s Sweet Navy Bean Pie. Check out the menu at www.elijahsfood.com/menu.

Kevin Jamal Muhammad, founder and head chef, was inspired by The Honorable Elijah Muhammad, born Elijah Poole, an integral part of the Temple of Islam who established several religious centers. Kevin Jamal Muhammad’s grandfather Elijah (Flute) McDonald owned and operated several private business including Huddle Barbeque in Fort Wayne.

Elijah’s is open 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday, and 1-9 p.m. Sunday.

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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