Antonuccio’s Italian Market is pretty bare bones now, but come late October, it should be a European-style spot to drop in for items for that night’s dinner.

I reported a few months ago about the market, but wanted to talk to siblings Kerry and Pat Antonuccio about their plans. Construction is taking place on the building at 4011 South Wayne Ave. just a few doors down from the Friendly Fox in the 46807 ZIP code. The building hasn’t been occupied since the 1980s and was in deep need of repairs.

They want to offer fine Italian meats and cheeses, freshly baked breads and cookies, and select imported wines.

So far, the sister and brother have overseen the peeling back of the years on the building. The front had a 1960s design, Pat said.

They found a photo from decades ago of the space.

“We want to take it back to the 1930s look,” said Pat, who bought the building in 2015 and was thinking of putting his IT services business there. It “had really good bones” and previously was an Allen County Public Library branch. He also owns the building next door.

The rendering by Hoch Associates that’s on a fence in the front of the building shows a lot of glass with brick.

They want to create a market that harkens back to the days when people walked or biked to their neighborhood grocery.

The siblings grew up in the neighborhood, and Kerry, after having children, did what a lot of parents do: Decided to return to Fort Wayne because she felt it was the right place to raise a family.

They’ve used a lot of free family labor for the building, which will be one story with a basement.

“We’re hoping to do a wine cellar,” Pat said, with plans to get a beer and wine license.

“It’ll be more of an experience than just buying groceries,” Kerry said.

Customers can order a sandwich, designed their way, and sit in the outdoor seating on the north side.

Fairmont Neighborhood Association president Ned Eddington built the Little Free Library in the front of the building and said he would paint it in the building’s colors, Kerry said.

Not-so plane food

Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority is soliciting bids for food and beverage, retail and concessions providers at Fort Wayne International Airport.

That doesn’t mean that it might not choose its current contract holder, First Class Concessions, which operates Samuel Adams Brewhouse, Seattle’s Best Coffee shop and the Fort Wayne Marketplace Gift Shop, said Executive Director of Airports Scott Hinderman.

The airport had a 7-year contract with First Class, which had the option for a 3-year extension, which was granted. Those 10 years expire in April, and the airport wants to see who might be interested in setting up shop, Hinderman said.

“It’s good practice to see” the options, he said.

Some people like national brands, while others are interested in local companies, Hinderman said.

The new contract would be for 5 years, running May 1-April 2025. Proposal documents are available at www.fwairport.com at Solicitations & Bidding under the Airport Business tab. Those interested can attend a preproposal meeting at 1 p.m. Sept. 25 at Lt. Paul Baer Terminal, Suite 209, 3801 W. Ferguson Road, Fort Wayne, and are asked to RSVP to hakes@fwairport.com. Sealed proposals are due at 3 p.m. Nov. 14. The company will be chosen in December, Hinderman said.

Wingstop makes a landing

Fort Wayne’s first Wingstop location at 407 W. Coliseum Blvd., Suite 111, will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Sept. 16.

Owner Mark McLaurine employs 30 people there and said in an announcement that the restaurant is the product of entrepreneurship meeting great flavors.

“I’ve always wanted to be an entrepreneur,” McLaurine said. “Wingstop has a simplified menu that’s customer-friendly and easy to operate, and when I first tasted their food, I was sold.”

McLaurine, an Indiana State University graduate, opened a Wingstop in Terre Haute in 2016 and quickly found success there.

Established in Garland, Texas, in 1994, Wingstop is an aviation-themed, fast-casual restaurant chain. It has 12 wing flavors, and I’m a fan of the local restaurant’s Lemon Pepper and Garlic Parmesan. I’m not brave enough to try the Atomic variety. Wingstop has over 1,250 locations worldwide.

Planned Parenthood returns

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky has reopened a Fort Wayne clinic after closing its southwest location last July.

It says on its Facebook page, “Anti-reproductive health attacks on Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky’s Fort Wayne health center forced it to close, but we didn’t back down. Fort Wayne is open again and we will continue to fight back in the legislature and in the courts to ensure Hoosiers have access to the care they need and deserve.”

It did not provide abortions at its clinic in Parkwest Plaza.

The clinic is in a medical office building that was already equipped with exam rooms and offices at 2930 Lake Ave. Appointments can be made by calling 1-800-230-7526.

According to the website, the clinic provides abortion referrals, birth control, general health care, HIV testing, LGBTQ services, men’s and women’s health care, the “morning-after pill (emergency contraception), pregnancy testing and services, STD testing, treatment and vaccines.

New heights

Ruoff Home Mortgage has filed with Fort Wayne’s planning services to install a new headquarters with a parking garage on the bottom at 405 W. Jefferson Blvd.

The city has been working with Ruoff, 1700 Magnavox Way, for some time, and cleared out businesses that had been there to create space for development. According to the application, the company wants to build a 119,040-square-foot building about 170 feet tall and a 121,050-square-foot parking garage. It’s seeking a waiver on the building height, and says the parking garage will “benefit the surrounding area.”

A schmear here

Fort Wayne’s first Einstein Bros. Bagels opened Sept. 9 on the ground floor of Kettler Hall at Purdue Fort Wayne, 2101 Coliseum Blvd.

Grand opening festivities will take place the week of Sept. 23. Details are still coming. See a full story on the new location at www.fwbusiness.com/fwbusiness/article_6ebc9a81-8b97-58ce-b5aa-058f42df17b4.html.

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.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.