BRIEFS: January 2019


Zoo accepting scholarship applications

The Fort Wayne Zoological Society is accepting applications for the Lawrence A. Ackerman Scholarship, which bestows a one-time, $2,000 award to a college-bound high school senior pursuing an animal-related career.

The scholarship award is based on an applicant’s character, commitment to the stewardship of animals, financial need, and scholastic achievement. Graduating high school seniors in Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley counties in Indiana are eligible to apply.

The Fort Wayne Zoological Society established the Scholarship in 1992 to honor the distinguished career of the late Dr. Larry Ackerman, who served as the zoo’s veterinarian for 25 years.

Interested students can download an application at // Students may also request an application by calling the zoo office at (260) 427-6800 or visiting their school guidance office. The application deadline is Feb. 1.

Goodbye, Sweet Lou

Sweet Lou’s Pizza, 1235 E. State St., Fort Wayne, is closed, effective Dec. 29.

“After careful consideration, we have decided to close Sweet Lou’s Pizza at the end of the month,” a post on the company’s Facebook page said. “We have been reflecting over the past year’s experiences and tried our best to predict what next year will look like for SLP and our family. There were five reasons that we decided to not carry on into 2019: our five sons. As you can imagine, this business takes a toll on a young family.”

Sweet Lou’s Pizza opened in January 2018 after taking over operations from the Rib Room. The restaurant was famous for its Chicago-style, deep-dish pizza.

Scotty’s stays open

The Fort Wayne location of Scotty’s Brewhouse, 6282 W. Jefferson Blvd., will remain open despite the corporate office filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Dec. 11. According to manager Mason Dillon, the local site remained profitable while other locations suffered. The company will close its Carmel, Muncie and downtown Indianapolis locations, as well as a location in Waco, Texas. The bankruptcy also affects Scotty’s Thr3E Wise Men Brewing Co.

Coffee is for closers

Start Fort Wayne and Atrium host their monthly coffee hour at 10 a.m. Jan. 3 at the Atrium office, 111 W. Berry St., Suite 211 in Fort Wayne. The events take place the first Thursday of each month and are billed as “an hour of casual conversation with entrepreneurs, coffee, and delicious donuts.”

Fresh water for a better world

A new beverage company is going in on Huffman Street off St. Mary’s Avenue in Fort Wayne. Bukál Sparkling Water put the signs in the windows in late November and already has a website and social media pages, although operations will not start until early January. Owners are Yvonne and Robert Johnson, founders of Crossroads Kombucha. A portion of each bottle sale goes to region-specific clean water projects in southeast Asia.