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Coffee roasters open cafe

August 24, 2016 GMT

Just east of downtown, where the three rivers meet and Columbia Avenue and St. Joseph Boulevard diverge, sits an old building with a new cafe.

Conjure Coffee began as Fort Roasting, a specialty coffee roaster and farmers market staple. But after selling small-batch roasted beans from sustainable and fairly traded operations and cold brew coffee to-go for more than a year, the owners set up shop and roasting facilities at 701 Columbia Ave.

The space is modern and clean – stark even – with white walls and simple square canvases lining the wall. Yet, there are warm touches with wood tabletops and tall palm fronds in the corners.

Behind the mosaic tile bar, sits a Modbar, state-of-the-art brewing system. The three taps, white with chrome finishes, are installed into a counter, with the espresso components underneath. Baristas can control settings such as pressure and temperature on the digital system.

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The drink menu is simple and clean with the emphasis on the coffee and not overly sweetened syrups in over-the-top combinations.

Espresso, pour-over coffee and single-origin brews are available, as are mocha, chai and matcha lattes.

There are treats, too. Hetty Arts Pastry provides bites such as macaroons made with Conjure Coffee, doughnuts, peach fritters and HAP bars – energy bars made with fruit, nuts and honey. When they are gone, they are gone, though.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Opening near

The opening of Rosati’s Authentic Chicago Pizza is nearing as the restaurant is hosting interviews this week.

Open interviews will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Jefferson Pointe location.

A news release says the Chicago-based, family-owned pizza franchise is set to dish up slices in September. The restaurant offers Chicago deep-dish pies, as well as thin-crust and double-dough versions. Pasta, such as three-cheese baked penne, sandwiches, salads and appetizers are also on the menu.

Wine dinner

At BakerStreet, the end of summer means two things – wrapping up its patio dinner series and the start of the 4820 Wine Dinner series.

On Monday, the 4820 N. Clinton St. steakhouse will feature a meal prepared by executive chef Aaron Bremer and Wagner wines from Caymus Vineyards in California’s Napa Valley.

The six-course meal, with each course paired with a wine, will be highlighted by King Salmon Carpaccio and Moulard Duck.

Monday’s dinner begins at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets must be preordered and cost $75 (includes tax and gratuity). Call 484-3300 or go to BakerStreetFortWayne.com.

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