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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 1:00 am

Jefferson Pointe pizzeria closes up shop

Kimberly Dupps Truesdell | For The Journal Gazette

In an announcement that came as seemingly no surprise to its social media followers, Rosati's Pizza has closed its location at Jefferson Pointe.

The move seems to be temporary for the Chicago franchise, which began serving up Italian fare at the Fort Wayne location just last year.

However, since the fall opening, the restaurant has faced its share of challenges.

It had advertised multiple grand reopenings with new management, including one in April, and it had a mass hiring event in March.

Rosati's had been a welcome and long thought-out addition to the outdoor shopping center as the location had been vacant for more than eight years. Jefferson Pointe management wanted a restaurant that would not just survive but thrive in that location.

With its Chicago-style pizza and family-friendly atmosphere, Rosati's seemed to fit the bill. It's well-established, getting its start in 1964 and operating three other locations in Indiana and more than 200 nationwide.

There have been two restaurants in the spot, according to The Journal Gazette archives. Red Star Tavern opened in June 2003 and closed suddenly in February 2005. Fox and Hound Pub & Grille opened a year later. The sports bar closed in January 2008.

Phone calls to the Rosati's office were not returned before deadline. Jefferson Pointe did not have a comment at this time.

Skyline Chili opens

After more than a year of waiting, Skyline Chili has opened its doors in Fort Wayne.

The Cincinnati restaurant and franchisee Jeff Grothouse announced in March 2016 that a location would open in Fort Wayne by the end of that year. However, finding a suitable location proved more challenging than anticipated.

Grothousue wanted a space at the end of an existing shopping center. Instead, the restaurant became part of a new build on Ice Way off Lima Road near the SportONE Parkview Icehouse.

Skyline Chili is known for its ways and dogs, all made with Cincinnati-style chili. A 3-way is spaghetti with chili (flavored with a hint of cinnamon and cocoa) and cheese. Make it a four-way with beans or onions and a five-way has both.

Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, according to the website.

The location in the city is part of an aggressive campaign on behalf of Skyline to open 20 restaurants by 2020.

Ruth's visiting

The marketing team for Ruth's Chris Steak House will be in town this week to tour the site of the new restaurant and talk to members of the media.

The upscale steakhouse will be opening its first location in the city and anchor the Skyline Tower complex, which is part of the Ash Skyline project. It will be the fourth in Indiana.

When the project was announced, it was expected that the restaurant would open this year. Hopefully, we'll have a better idea after the team's visit.

The restaurant will be 9,000 to 10,000 square feet and seat 250 to 300 people, according to The Journal Gazette archives. It will also feature patio dining, private dining and banquet facilities.

What do you want to know about Fort Wayne's first Ruth's Chris Steak House? Email questions to kdupps@jg.net.

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