Parkview Field Scores Another Win, Rudy’s Beer & Wine Garden

Owner hopes beer & wine garden brings people downtown

FORT WAYNE – The owner of a new beer and wine garden opening near Parkview Field Friday hopes to attract customers as well as spark more downtown development.
“When we came out of our first TinCaps game over three years ago, we noticed how beautiful that was with the skyline. It showed the best of Fort Wayne. Leaving, we saw the other side of Fort Wayne. We said, ‘Wouldn’t that be nice to fix that part up?’ More than half of these houses were condemned at that time,” explained Rudy Mahara, the owner of Rudy’s.

When the Maharas bought the house at 409 W. Brackenridge, they initially planned to turn it into an office. They soon changed their minds.

“The highest and best use, because of its proximity to the baseball stadium, was a beer and wine garden,” Maraha said.

All of the beer and wine served at Rudy’s will come from Indiana wineries and micro-brewers. Mahara will also cater to cigar smokers. There is a cigar humidor and smoking will be permitted in the backyard garden. As a member of the now-closed cigar bar on Thomas Road, he said he learned lots of lessons there.

“We do have a beer and wine license and that’s the focus of our business. Cigars are just another product that are here. It’s not what we’re focused on, but it’s going to be part of it. We’re not trying to rely on having inside smoking or get around anything. If you are a tobacco-only facility, you can do indoor smoking. We’re not trying to do that. We have the outside expectation of smoking. There are correlations, because I saw what didn’t work there, but we don’t have the same type of business plan at all,” said Mahara.

Rudy’s will also feature Debrand Fine Chocolates, which is something not available at other typical bars.

“The first time my wife had a piece of chocolate and a cherry wine, she said, ‘We have to do that.’ Then we got a hold of Cathy Brand. She said she would support it and that’s how it came to be,” said Mahara.

Mahara said the city zoned the area so that it can be used for both residential and commercial purposes. When it comes those types of properties, he hopes others will see the same potential he saw.

“If a lot of these houses saw the same vision that I did, of how to use it as a commercial space as well as a residential, this could be another nice niche. Another Nashville, Indiana, or something like that.”

Mayor Tom Henry attended a ribbon cutting Thursday night for Rudy’s. It opens Friday.

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Categories: Entertainment, Parkview Field, Project Updates, Shopping & Dining, West Central

4 Comments on “Parkview Field Scores Another Win, Rudy’s Beer & Wine Garden”

  1. August 21, 2013 at 4:16 PM #

    It kind of reminds me of Bloomington

  2. Karen W
    August 21, 2013 at 9:53 AM #

    I appreciate the effort put in to this, but no thanks. Is it possible for something that was just renovated to appear in dire need of a renovation? Border in every single room??? What is this 1992?

  3. Linda Shuherk
    August 6, 2013 at 3:13 PM #

    You had me until you mentioned Cigars and smoking.

    • Craig World
      August 14, 2013 at 8:26 PM #

      You had me until you mentioned cigars and Indiana wines. Oh well…

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