NEW HAVEN — Kanela, the blended drinks, coffee and bites store in Fort Wayne, is coming to New Haven the second week of May. Samuel and Flora Barron, owners of Kanela, have purchased the former Rally’s drive-up and are in the process of renovating it. They’ll be starting out with just their food trailer until the building is ready this summer.
Customers wanting to pick up one of their smoothies, blended drinks, frappes, lattes, coffees or bites (muffins, cookies) can simply pull in the old Rally’s driveway, park and order at the trailer/drive-through. Banners will be displayed on both the Indiana 930 and Lincoln Highway entrances. They’ll be open from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
According to the Barrons, the place has been vacant for the past five years. “We plan to start by replacing the roof and putting on new siding. The driveways will also have to be replaced. On the inside,” they said, “we’ll be replacing the ceiling, doing some modernization and giving it a really good cleaning.
“Our goal is to be ready to serve customers from the building by the end of May or early August. We plan to hire three full-time employees and 12 to 15 college students on a part-time basis. Summer hours will be 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. We’re excited to bring our best to such a wonderful community.”
Kanela’s main location at the corner of Harrison and Pearl streets in downtown Fort Wayne opened in November 2020. Because of COVD-19 they were only allowed to operate at 50% capacity until that restriction was lifted in mid-2021.
The Barrons, who came to the United States 29 years ago, have been married 31 years and have two daughters and a son, all of whom were born in Fort Wayne.