Press release from the City of Fort Wayne:
New CafÃ© Opens in the Botanical Conservatory
(Tuesday, November 23, 2010) – Today Mayor Tom Henry and Parks and Recreation Department Director Al Moll performed the ceremonial slicing of the first bagel to celebrate the grand opening of The Bagel Station Uptown, a new cafÃ© located in the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory. The improvement is funded by a grant from the Foellinger Foundation.
The new eatery compliments the facility’s mission to provide an attractive respite, educational experiences and fun family recreation.
“The discussion of this expansion has been in the works for more than a decade. I’m very proud that this dream has come to fruition today,” said Mayor Henry. “The Conservatory is the second most popular tourism site in Fort Wayne which 65,000 -70,000 residents, visitors from across all 50 states, and international tourist enjoy annually. Now with the addition of the Bagel Station Uptown we are better able to serve the public.”
The opening of the new cafÃ© provides added value to visitors to other downtown attractions such as the Embassy Theatre, the History Center, Science Central and the Museum of Art. Having a unique, local choice for meals or snacks makes it much easier and more enjoyable for families to make a day of it experiencing the vibrant variety of cultural amenities in the heart of the City.
A division of The Bagel Station, the new cafÃ© is operated by Lisa Jackson, proprietor of the original Bagel Station opened in 1984. Jackson has always prided herself on using the freshest ingredients and making products from scratch using recipes developed in her own kitchen. Serving soups, salads, sandwiches, daily specials, pastries and espresso beverages, the Bagel Station Uptown offers a unique take on a home-grown Fort Wayne business. Adding to the diverse array of downtown eateries, the new cafÃ© also caters boxed lunches for local businesses and is capable of easily outfitting large groups of motorcoach visitors with a full meal or delicious treats for the road.
The Bagel Station Uptown is open Tuesday through Friday 7 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursdays until 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday noon – 4 p.m. Free parking is available across the street in the Civic Center parking garage (with purchase); metered parking is also available on Calhoun Street.
The area just outside the newly opened cafÃ© will be redesigned this coming spring to allow for an outdoor dining area.