Capital Improvement Board OK’s ‘fast food block’ purchase

The Taco Bell at 340 W. Jefferson Blvd., along with the neighboring Rally’s and King Gyro’s restaurant, is part of the “Fast Food Block” two-phase purchase that the Allen County Fort Wayne Capital Improvement Board agreed to Dec. 6. LISA ESQUIVEL LONG

By Lisa Esquivel Long

FORT WAYNE — The Allen County Fort Wayne Capital Improvement Board approved the two-phase purchase of a block across the street from the Grand Wayne Convention Center amid protest from one of the affected businesses.

Eric Robertson of Delight Restaurant Group said after the meeting that his company had only learned about the potential purchase this week. The company bought the Taco Bell at 340 W Jefferson Blvd., across the street from the convention center, just Oct. 3 with a long-term lease.

“The restaurant does very well, and we’d hate to lose it,” Robertson said.

At risk are the jobs of several dozen employees who have been there for decades and the income from the restaurant, which the company expected to operate for 20-plus years at that location, he said.

With plans for a downtown arena in that area on hold, the board emphasized that it has no current plans for the property.

This story originally appeared in our sister publication, Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly.