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Coffee shop to have international flair

October 18, 2018 GMT

Tony Horani was born and raised in Fort Wayne.

But when the 31-year-old and his wife, Marina, decided to open a coffee shop on the southwest side, they wanted it to reflect a more global perspective.

Construction will begin next week at 6447 W. Jefferson Blvd., in the Village at Time Corners shopping center, Horani says, and he’s confident that contractors will be able to meet deadlines so that United Coffee can open Dec. 1. Many of the changes to the space, which has a drive-thru and seating for about 40, will be cosmetic : flooring, painting and drywall.

When United Coffee opens, it will focus on imported traditional Italian coffee, along with special European waffles : so special Horani is hesitant to even describe it but does share that it is made with a dough instead of batter and he obtained an FDA license to have them imported.

The coffee menu will be limited, maybe eight drinks or so, but Horani says the shop will focus on doing those drinks well.

He and his wife chose the name because it represents his family well : as she is a Russian native.

The couple met when Horani was working in Washington, D.C., after college in 2013. He was working in finance in the nation’s capital and she was working in a restaurant.

The couple, who were married in 2016, were living in Russia when they saw a surge of coffee shops opening. The shops were different than anything they had seen in the United States.

Horani, who had become tired of crunching numbers, says Fort Wayne is ripe for small businesses : “it has all the right ingredients” : and the couple decided to open the shop.

The Northrop grad is the numbers guy and Marina, who has a master’s in socioeconomic tourism, will focus on the experience and other details, Horani says.

Hours are projected to be 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Chang’s opening

P.F. Chang’s will open to the public Monday in a newly renovated space at the front of Glenbrook Square.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. There will be a ribbon cutting at 4:15 p.m. Monday.

Chef Jason Walsh, a city native, leads the local culinary team.

Orchard opening

Ambrosia Orchard and Cider Mill will open its barn doors to the public Saturday.

The celebration will begin at 3 p.m. at the orchard at 14025 U.S. 27 in Hoagland.

The event, which will go until 10 p.m., will feature doughnuts from Hetty Arts Pastry, as well as grilled sandwiches from Sugar Creek Quality Meats. Visitors will have the opportunity to taste new mead and cider varieties including Beauregarde, a blueberry ginger cider, and Vaccinium, a rye barrel aged mead.

The orchard got its start this year by Edison Bender and Blanca Rosa.

According to the website, Bender has been involved in apple farming since childhood : raised on Bender’s Orchard in Wolf Lake. Along with Rosa, the two have been representing Bender’s Orchard at local farmers markets for several years.

The couple have decided to branch out on their own with a new apple orchard and cidery to serve northeast Indiana. Ambrosia will feature a farm store and tasting room, and it will not only make cider (non-alcoholic and hard) but wine and mead.

Breakfast added

Freshii, a fast-casual restaurant in The Harrison, is expanding its menu and hours in response to customer requests.

From 9 to 11 a.m., the downtown restaurant will offer breakfast. The morning meal offerings include breakfast burritos, egg pockets, smoothie bowls and green eggs and kale.

“We’ve had so many customers request breakfast so we want to give it a go,” says the Hey family, which owns the local franchise.

The addition of breakfast will include expanded delivery hours. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Freshii will offer free delivery downtown.

Beginning Monday, hours of operation will change to 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Pacers points deals

Scotty’s Brewhouse, the Indianapolis-based restaurant company, recently signed a sponsorship agreement with the Indiana Pacers for the 2018-19 basketball season.

As the regular season tips off, Scotty’s Brewhouse guests and Pacers fans will receive a 2-for-1 offer if the Pacers score 99 or more points during any game, home or away.

The promotion will be available the day after the game. Guests will be able to order any sandwich and get one of equal or lesser value free when they mention the Pacers’ offer. All sandwiches will also include a side item.

Around town

• Chop’s Wine Bar, 6417 W. Jefferson Blvd., is hosting a pop-up brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

• Don Hall’s Food Factory Express, 1504 Bluffton Road, has closed.

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