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  • Chad Ryan | The Journal Gazette On Saturday, Summit City Brewerks will unveil its larger site in the old Bun Candy Factory on East Berry Street.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 1:00 am

Expanded Summit City Brewerks on tap

Kimberly Dupps Truesdell | For The Journal Gazette

It's been two years since the folks at Summit City Brewerks began pouring its signature craft brews inside the old Bun Candy Factory.

On Saturday, the brewery and pub will be moving into the future – so to speak. Summit City will more than double its square footage by expanding into part of the Wayne Candies building. A previous tenant moved out of the space, allowing the brewery to move into a newer part of the building.

“Due to Wayne Candies' own expansions over the decades, the vast brick building has parts of varying ages, which makes the 'new' space just that: newer,” the brewery says in a written statement. “We loved the look and charm of the nearly 100-year-old part of the building from the first time we stepped foot in what was our original space. However, the older structures made for some challenges when it came to production. We were very excited to see our new space for the first time after a previous tenant moved out because the construction was more recent and more conducive to a modern production facility.

“It was a big leap financially to more than double the size of our business after being open for a relatively short time, but now that it's finished, we are confident that it was the right move at the right time.”

According to a recent report, the global craft beer market is expected to jump from $85 million in 2015 to $502.9 billion by 2025. The research by Grand View Research Inc. says the rising demand for low alcohol by volume and flavored beer could help drive the market.

Brewerks partners Will Long and David Tomaszewski have released more than 450 beers. Currently on tap are Funky Fabulous (oak-aged blueberry and peach sour), Breakfast Bunz (imperial coffee stout with maple syrup) and Tater Chip (smoked Berlinger).

The expansion, which began a year ago at the 1501 E. Berry St. brewery, will allow for a production area 10 times larger than the original, space to bottle and distribute packaged product, increased brewing capacity and improved quality controls and the ability to have 10 or more core beers on tap year-round.

In addition, there will be 10 new fermentation vessels, and the old fermentation space will be repurposed as a Sour/Wild/Open fermentation program area.

The Grand View report says that while craft brew sales have slowed since its introduction, consumers have been enticed by advancement in the brewing process and the use of premium-quality raw materials has improved the overall characteristics.

At Summit City Brewerks, the expansion isn't just focused on the beer. They have doubled the kitchen space (more room to make Dining Out restaurant reviewer Ryan DuVall's favorite peanut butter hot dogs), added an outdoor seating area and an all-ages family seating area.

Hours are also being expanded, and the brewery will be open six days a week.

Ivy Tech food truck

A new food truck is getting ready to hit the road this spring.

The Ivy Tech Community College Northeast's Hospitality Administration program will operate a food truck yet to be named.

That's where the community comes in.

Ivy Tech students, employees and the community are asked to submit truck name ideas. The name will be chosen by a selection committee, and the entrant with the winning name will receive $100 in prizes: an Amazon Echo Dot and a $50 gift certificate to use at the food truck.

To submit an idea, entrants can fill out the form at bit.ly/ivytechfoodtruck, which also lists the full rules. People can submit as many ideas as they want, so long as they fill out a separate form for each.

The contest ends at 5 p.m. April 5. Should the committee not select an entry, a randomly selected entrant will win the prize. Should this occur, entering more than once will not increase chances of winning.

The food truck menu will rotate regularly. It might include anything from pizza or pierogies to sushi or tacos to soup or sandwiches.

Social accolades

Social network reviews have recently put the spotlight on Fort Wayne restaurants.

• Junk Ditch Brewing Co., 1825 W. Main St., and Bahn Mi Barista, 5320 Coldwater Road, made the top 50 restaurants in Indiana list, according to Yelp. Junk Ditch was No. 30 and Bahn Mi was No. 33. Yelp publishes member-written reviews of local restaurants. The survey was based on reviews written by Indiana residents.

• J.K. O'Donnell's, 121 W. Wayne St., was No. 8 on a list of most popular Irish pubs in America. Published on BusinessInsider.com, the ranking came from Foursquare City Guide, which created the list based on users' likes, saves and more. Business Insider cited the pub's selection of beers and authentic Irish fare.

Healthy chain

A new dining franchise is set to bring its four pillars of healthy eating to the Fort Wayne market.

It was recently announced that a franchise partner has inked a deal to open 10 CoreLife Eatery restaurants in Indiana over the next four years – seven in Indianapolis, two in Fort Wayne and one in Lafayette. The first will open at the Shoppes at Rivers Edge in Indianapolis this summer.

Franchise owner Melissa Rohwer has operated four Moe's Southwest Grill restaurants over the past 11 years. She has also two partners in her husband, Bill Rohwer, and mother, Sandy H. McKeithan.

With greens, grains and bone broth as basic building blocks, CoreLife Eatery focuses on food first through customization of menu items. Dressings, broths and beverages are made from scratch every day, according to a news release.

CoreLife Eatery says it plans to expand to 300 total locations, including both corporate and franchise restaurants, over the next five years.

Around town

• The downtown Wendy's, at Clinton Street and Jefferson Boulevard, will be closed for six weeks while renovations take place.

• According to a recent real estate transaction, a lease has been signed for HT2 Fort Wayne Tasting Room to open at 10212 Chestnut Plaza Drive.

The Dish features restaurant news and food events and appears Wednesdays. Fax news items to 461-8893, email kdupps@jg.net or call 461-8304.