Bandidos owner Jimmie Schindler is opening another restaurant in southwest Fort Wayne with a different concept.

Schindler’s Bandidos at 8230 Glancairin Blvd. off Illinois Road had to close in May after nearly 14 years when it lost its rental lease. Property owner Parkview Health hasn’t opened anything new there, but Schindler has found a new spot and will hire 20-30.

Guadulupe’s Mexican Grill at 10345 Illinois Road and next door to Salvatori’s West will be “something completely different,” Schindler said. It will have a fast-casual concept like a Subway or Chipotle’s, he said. So no wait staff for the restaurant, which can seat 60.

“The name comes from Our Lady of Guadalupe,” said Schindler, who’s been to the shrine in Mexico dedicated to the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to a Mexican peasant in 1531.

Veneration of the patron saint of Mexico “is a huge part of Mexican culture,” Schindler said.

A portrait of her is painted on the wall of Bandidos Glenbrook Commons.

The restaurants started by his father in 1980 have the motto “Fresh. Made daily.” Bandidos also has locations in Georgetown and Waynedale.

Schindler is working with longtime employee Carlos Zepeda to create a menu that will feature tacos, salads and nachos, but also baked chicken, barbacoa and sofrito with cheese freshly shredded from blocks and meat that’s free of antibiotics. Drinks will include wine slushees, sangria, pineapple water and limeade. A brewery he didn’t want to name is creating a Mexican lager for the restaurant.

He plans to open the restaurant around Oct. 7. He’s hoping to have online ordering available if not opening day then soon after.

Cheers to winery

Country Heritage Winery of LaOtto has opened two new tasting rooms.

The new locations at 6219 Cambridge Way in Plainfield and 225 Van Buren St. in Nashville opened Sept. 18. The locations had been Chateau Thomas Winery’s since 1984. Its owner died in February.

Country Heritage this week started serving from its Wood Fired Mac & Cheese menu that includes Pizza Mac.

Conjuring a new location

Conjure Coffee will be opening a second cafe by the end of this year in the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory.

Conjure Coffee, which has its sales business and a cafe at 701 Columbia Ave., has signed a lease agreement with Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation, which operates the conservatory in downtown Fort Wayne at 1100 S. Calhoun St. The park board approved the agreement at its monthly meeting Sept. 12.

Conjure Coffee will have a 3-year lease — a 1-year lease set to automatic renewal each of the following two years, said Corey Waldron, coffee handler/owner.

“We are adding multiple staff, who will be flexible to work both locations, initially 3-4 people,” Waldron responded in an email.

Conjure will serve drinks and sell packaged roasted coffee; its coffee is served at a number of local restaurants.

Hours have not been finalized, but they will closely mirror the hours of the conservatory, according to an announcement from the parks department. Catering options will also be available for conservatory renters.

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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